No. 10 Bears Close Nonconference Play With Two-Tilt Weekend

Oct. 1, 2009

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This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The No. 10 California women's soccer team brings their nonconference slate to an end with two games. The Golden Bears will host Sacramento State on Friday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m., and then make the short trip to perennial powerhouse No. 11 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.

Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears lost a hard-fought overtime match to Cal Poly, 1-0, on Sept. 25. Cal outshot the Mustangs, 25-8, marking the seventh time this season that Cal has outshot its opponent. One of Cal's closest shots came with 5:22 to play in the regulation, when junior forward Alex Morgan took a shot that barred out off the top. Cal Poly's Whitney Sisler netted the golden goal at 92:18 with a shot from the right off a cross from Bria Park. The loss is the first overtime game that Cal has seen this season. The Bears still hold the all-time advantage, 3-2-0, against the Mustangs. The previous most recent meeting between Cal and Cal Poly was also an overtime game - a 2-1 Cal victory on Oct. 3, 1997. Morgan paced the Bears with four shots on goal (eight in total) while Zulma Munoz had two (four all together).

Q&A With the Golden Bears
The California women's soccer team has welcomed seven freshmen to the squad for the 2009 season. recently sat down with the class of 2013 to learn more about each player's history, interests and experiences thus far as Golden Bears. This year's freshmen are goalkeeper Lauren Hein, midfielder Betsy Hassett, defenders Amanda Glass and Amanda Groves, forwad Samantha Walker, defender Rachel Clark and forward/midfielder Lauren Battung.

Sneak peak of the Q&A: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Lauren Battung: Overall discipline with sleep, scheduling, organization and physical health. Also, having to go to many places throughout the day without a car.
Rachel Clark: Time management. Now we have practice every day along with a major increase in reading for our classes, and I still want to maintain a social life.
Amanda Glass: I would have to say time management. It is so easy to get caught up in the whole social aspect, but you have to remember that school is a major priority.
Amanda Groves: Managing my time here. There is so much to do socially, academically and athletically that it's been challenging to decide when to do everything!
Betsy Hassett: It's a whole different country and environment to experience.
Lauren Hein: Everyone here is so smart, confident and on a path towards something great!
Samantha Walker: It is just more time consuming, and you have to be more disciplined.

To read the entire Getting to Know the Freshman Class Q&A, click here.

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

On the Pitch With Neil McGuire
'We're not really talking about last week because the players to deserve to move forward and focus on the task at hand. There is not a lot of discussion about what we did against Cal Poly, it's about what we have to do against Sacramento State. We have to be much more compact as a defensive unit. Our front and back lines need to be working closer together. Santa Clara has a great facility, the field is fantastic, they're a great team that draws a great crowd. It will be a good experience for the players. We have to make sure that we go down there and play our game. They're a very talented team, it could go either way.'

Did You Know?
• Freshman forward Samantha Walker earned her first start as a Golden Bear last week and tallied a shot against Cal Poly.
• You can read all the newspaper articles from this season about the Golden Bears by clicking here.
• You can get inside information, links to stories and in-game 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 seven out of eight games this season for a combined total of 118-46. The biggest margin of difference came against Portland State (Sept. 11), when Cal had 27 shots to the Vikings' one.
• Junior forward Alex Morgan is tied for 17th in the nation in points-per-game, with an average of 2.33 points per game. She is also tied for 20th nationally with 0.875.
• Sophomore defender Danielle Brunache leads the team with seven full games under her belt. Freshman defender Rachel Clark is right behind her with six complete games.
• The second half has proved offensively productive for the Bears, scoring 11 goals this season, compared to seven in the first half. By the same token, Cal has forced 29 second-half opponent saves (13 in the first halves) and taken 71 shots in the later 45 minutes (47 in the first).

California in the National Rankings
After the close loss to Cal Poly, the Bears fell a few spots in the rankings. They are still in the top-10 at the 10 spot in Soccer America, 13th according to and No. 14 in NSCAA and Soccer Times. Cal's ranked opponent this weekend - Santa Clara - also dropped spots in the polls. They are No. 11 in NSCAA and Soccer Times, from No. 9 and No. 10, respectively; 13th (from 12th) in Soccer America and went from No. 27 to No. 28 according to Top Drawer.

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
Sept. 29 14 14 10 13
Santa Clara 11 11 13 28

Avoiding a Hornet Sting
Sacramento State is 4-3-2 after snapping a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 win against Fresno State on Sunday, Sept. 27. It marked the first time that CSUS had ever won at the Bulldog Stadium, having lost their previous seven matches in Fresno. Hornet sophomore goalkeeper Savannah Abercrombie was named Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week for the second time this year, recording her fourth shutout of the year against the Bulldogs. Her 0.68 goals against average is good for 46th nationally and has helped the CSUS defense earn a No. 33 defensive ranking in the country. On offense, Sac State is led by junior forward Leah Larot and sophomore forward/midfielder Elece McBride. Larot leads the team with three goals (six points) but McBride is right behind her with two goals and three assists for a team-high seven points. Sacramento State is 0-1-1 against common opponents with Cal, tying Pacific 0-0 and losing 2-0 to Nevada. Cal defeated Pacific, 3-1, in exhibition play, and dropped Nevada, 4-0, in the season opener.

Bucking the Broncos
The No. 11 Broncos are 8-3-0 after having their six-game win streak ended with a 2-0 loss to USC. So far this year, Santa Clara is 3-0 against ranked opponents, including winning the Santa Clara Classic, in which they defeated No. 5 Notre Dame, 2-0, and No. 7 Purdue, 3-1. SCU also defeated No. 23 Colorado 1-0 in overtime on the last day of the Stanford/Nike Classic. Senior forward Kiki Bosio was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week on Sept. 21 after her header sealed the game in overtime against Colorado. Bosio is tied senior Jordan Angeli and junior forward Maxine Goynes for the team lead in points (seven) and also tied with Goynes for the lead in assists (three). Angeli and junior forward Anessa Patton both pace the team with three goals scored.

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: 1-1-0
Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0
Overtime: 0-1-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-1-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 0-0-0
Playing an Unranked Team: 5-1-0
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: 6-1-0
Earning More Corner Kicks: 6-1-0

Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears kick off the Pac-10 half of the season with a two-game swing on the Oregon Trail. Cal travels to Eugene to play the Ducks at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, and then heads up to Corvallis to take on the Beavers at noon on Sunday, Oct. 11. Last season, the Bears swept the Oregon schools with a harrowing 1-0 win over Oregon State and a 5-1 demolishing of Oregon.

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