No. 7 California Welcomes Cal Poly for Friday Match

Sept. 23, 2009

No. 7 California Welcomes Cal Poly for Friday Match

The Bears are ranked in the top-9 in all four national polls.

This week's Q&A participant is Katie Suits. To read the Q&A with her, click here.

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This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The No. 7 California women's soccer returns home, where the Golden Bears are a perfect 4-0, to host Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. Cal holds an all-time 3-1-0 series record over the Mustangs, and won the past two meetings, the most recent of which was a 2-1 overtime win Oct. 3, 1997. The Bears have won their past five games, and have three more nonconference games before heading into the Pac-10 Conference season.

Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears rebuffed East Bay rival Saint Mary's, 4-1, on Sept. 18 at Saint Mary's Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir had a team-high two goals while junior forward Alex Morgan scored the gamewinner. Senior Katie Oakes got Cal on the board in the 16th minute, successfully converting a penalty kick. Omarsdottir tacked on her two goals in the 67th and 78th minutes to put the game well out of the Gaels' reach, and increase Cal's winning streak over SMC to four games and improve its all-time series record up to 15-8-3.

On the Pitch With Neil McGuire
'We are looking forward to the game this weekend. Cal Poly will provide us a stiff test. If we have hopes of winning we will need to be at our best.'

Did You Know?
• You can read all the newspaper articles from this season about the Golden Bears by going to the side bar of the women's soccer home page or clicking here.
• You can get inside information, links to stories and scoring updates by following Cal Women's Soccer on Twitter? Go to or click here.

Fun With Statistics
• The Bears have out shot their opponents in six out of seven games this season for a combined total of 93-38. The biggest margin of difference came against Portland State (Sept. 11), when Cal had 27 shots to the Vikings' one.
• The three second-half goals from Cal against Saint Mary's (Sept. 18) marked the third time in 2009 that the Bears have scored three second-half goals, with the previous two times occurring against Texas (Sept. 6) and Nevada (Aug. 21). To see exactly when Cal has scored all of its goals and when all of its opponents have scored, please see pages 4-5 of the weekly release PDF, which is available above and by clicking here.
• The goal-scoring combinations from last weekend's match against Saint Mary's were the first time the Bears had scored on those combos. To see all of the 2009 goal-scoring combinations, please see page two of the weekly release PDF, which is available above and here.
• Sophomore defender Danielle Brunache leads the team with six full games under her belt. Freshman defender Rachel Clark is right behind her with five complete games.
• The 4-1 win over the Saint Mary's was the fourth time in 2009 that the Bears have scored four goals. When scoring four or more times, Cal is 4-0. The Bears are now 6-0 when scoring first.
• Friday's game against Saint Mary's was the only game thus far in 2009 that the Bears were tied at the half. The Bears are 4-0 when leading at the half, 1-0 with no score after the first 45 and 0-1 when trailing at halftime.

Morgan Aides Bears in Victory
Alex Morgan helped in multiple scoring attacks last weekend. She scored the gamewinner - her third of the year - in the 57th minute when Morgan took a shot from eight yards out to the near post off the assist by Miranda White. Morgan came in with an assist on an Omarsdottir goal at 78:44, when Omarsdottir took a shot from 12 yards out to far post off a free kick. Morgan played all 90 minutes against Saint Mary's. She leads the Bears with seven goals and 17 points, and has also taken a team-high 31 shots and 20 shots on goal.

California in the National Rankings
For the most part, the Bears held steady in the polls this week. The most significant improvement was in the coaches poll (NSCAA), which is most widely recognized - moving from No. 9 to No. 8. Cal remained in the seven spot in both Soccer Times and Soccer America, but moved from 10th to ninth according to Top Drawer Soccer.

Cal in the National Rankings

NSCAA Soccer Times Soccer America Top Drawer Scocer
Final 2008 NR NR N/A N/A


NR 25 19 N/A
Aug. 18 NR 23 19 42
Aug. 25 RV 16 16 21
Sept. 1 RV 16 14 25
Sept. 8 16 11 9 13
Sept. 15 9 7 7 10
Sept. 22 8 7 7 9

Corralling the Mustangs
Cal Poly evened its record at 4-4 with a pair of 1-0 victories on the road last weekend against Air Force and Colorado College. Senior goalie Coral Hoover, who owns a 0.80 goals against average and has been the winning keeper in all four CP victories, was named the Big West Athlete of the Week when she recorded two shutouts - tallying a combine 15 saves in 41 shots. The Mustangs have scored a collective nine goals - compared to Cal's 18 - and have spread the scoring out amongst eight different players. Morgan Miller paced the Mustangs with two goals and three assists. Cal Poly opened the season with a commendable 2-1 loss to then-No. 4 Stanford. Last year, Cal Poly went 10-9-1 overall and 5-3-0 in the Big West Conference for third place.

Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 6-0-0
Scoring Second: 0-0-0
Leading at Halftime: 4-0-0
Trailing at Halftime: 0-1-0
No Score at Halftime: 1-0-0
Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0
Overtime: 0-0-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-1-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 0-0-0
Playing an Unranked Team: 5-0-0
Scoring One Goal: 2-0
Scoring Two Goals: 0-0
Scouting Three Goals: 0-0
Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0
Outshooting Opponent: 6-0-0
Earning More Corner Kicks: 6-0-0

Q&A With the Golden Bears
All season, will be running a Q&A with one of the women's soccer student-athletes, and this week's participant is sophomore forward Katie Suits. Suits has played in five games for the Golden Bears thus far this season. With two brothers who played on collegiate soccer teams and parents who also played intercollegiate sports during their college days, Katie Suits was a natural-born soccer player. Suits has found a great niche in Berkeley, and notes that she chose Cal for its phenomenal combination of academics and athletics. chatted with Suits to find out more about her personality away from the pitch.

To read the full Q&A with Suits, click here.

To read all past Q&A with the Golden Bears, click here

Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears close out their nonconference slate with two games next weekend. Cal will host Sacramento State on Friday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. and then make the short trip to perennial powerhouse No. 8 Santa Clara on Sunday, Oct. 4, in the South Bay at noon. The Bears last played the Hornets on Sept. 16, 1995, defeating CSUS, 3-1. Cal has won the past four meetings with the Broncos, including a 1-0 victory in Berkeley last season and 2-0 win in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

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