No. 20 Cal Travels to Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic
Sept. 9, 2008
Bears Travel to Moraga for Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic
The No. 20 California women's soccer team brings a three-game winning streak into this weekend's Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic just down the road from Berkeley in Moraga, Calif. The Bears (4-1 overall) will play Northridge (4-0) on Friday at 2 p.m. and Boise State (3-1-0) at noon on Sunday. Cal has a 7-0-1 record in the Saint Mary's Tournament over the past four years.
Bears Revenge '07 Loss to Missouri
After dropping a 4-0 road decision to Missouri in 2007, Cal returned the favor by defeating the Tigers, 3-0, in Berkeley on Sept. 6. The Bears got on the board first with a goal from sophomore forward Lisa Kevorkian, senior midfielder Nikki Schrey and sophomore forward Alex Morgan each added a goal. The Bears outshot the Tigers, 13-10, while both teams had six shots on goal. Morgan paced Cal with five shots and a team-high three on goal. Cal keeper junior Gina Pellegrini grabbed six saves between the posts.
Kevorkian Kicks off '08 Season on High Note
After suffering a season-ending knee injury last season, sophomore forward Kevorkian has rebounded tremendously this year The Arcadia, Calif., native scored the first goal of the game and the game-winner against Missouri on Saturday in Berkeley. Kevorkian's goal came off a shot from eight yards and jump started the offense, which eventually distanced Cal's lead to 3-0. She is currently first on the team with five goals, 11 shots on goal and two game-winners already under her belt. In addition to her talents o the field, Kevorkian has diverse interests, including playing the guitar, composing songs, skateboarding, fishing and kickboxing.
Cal in the Polls
Thanks to the 3-0 blanking of Missouri, the Bears moved up in all four soccer polls this week. Cal jumped from No. 21 to No. 20 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times polls. Cal went from receiving votes from Soccer Buzz to No. 29.
Schrey Leads Bears to Victory
Senior midfielder/forward Nikki Schrey helped Cal in the 3-0 shut-out of Missouri on Saturday. Schrey solidified the Bears' early lead with a goal off a deflected shot with the assist from junior defender/forward Katherine Daiss with eight minutes to go in the first half. Schrey dished out an assist with minutes to play in the game to Alex Morgan to help put Cal ahead for good. It was Schrey's second goal of the year and first assist.
LaFontaine-Kussmann Returns to the Field
Redshirt freshman Jorden LaFontaine-Kussmann returned to the field this season after being diagnosed with lymphoma last October. She was declared cancer free in the spring and is one of three veteran goalkeepers on this year's team. Cal also features junior Gina Pellegrini and redshirt junior Rosie Aguilera.
Cal Returns Three Pac-10 Honor Recipients
Senior forward Valerie Barnes and Alex Morgan earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last season. Sophomore defender Megan Jesolva joined Morgan on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, and both athletes were named Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Americans. Morgan spent the offseason competing for the U.S. Under-20 national team, including at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, which earned the U.S. a spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in November in Chile.
Cal Freshman Class Ranked No. 4 by Soccer Buzz
Cal's freshman class was ranked No. 4 by Soccer Buzz after being tabbed No. 5 in 2007. Defender Danielle Brunache is ranked the highest of all of the Bears' newcomers at No. 23.
Scouting Northridge and Boise State
This weekend will be the first-ever meting between Cal and Cal State Northridge. The Matadors have started their season 4-0-0 after finishing 2007 at a 5-10-3 mark. Cal leads the all-time series with Boise St. 1-0-0 after defeating the Broncos, 2-1, in the teams' only meeting in 2006. Boise State brings a 3-1-1 record into the weekend and is leading the Western Athletic Conference with 12 goals in five games.
Team Games Goals-Shots SOG-Attempts Shots/GameNo. 20 Cal 5 14-96 44-96 24.0Northridge 5 11-62 28-62 15.5Boise State 5 12-45 30-75 15.0