Cal Closes Home Campaign Against Arizona, ASU
Oct. 29, 2009
This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Golden Bears (8-7-1 overall, 2-4-0 in the Pac-10) close out their home regular-season schedule this weekend, hosting Arizona (4-11-1, 1-4-0) on Friday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. and Arizona State (7-5-1, 0-4-1) on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley The ASU match will the final home game for the California's six seniors - goalkeeper Rosie Aguilera, defender Brianna Bak, forward Torrey Delaplane, forward Lisa Kevorkian, midfielder Katie Oakes and goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini.
Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
On a two-game swing of the Pacific Northwest, the Bears could not pull out a win against Washington on Oct. 23 or at No. 20 Washington State on Oct. 25. Against the Huskies, McKenna Waitley scored the gamewinner in the 24th minute off a deflection with a shot to the lower right corner. In addition to outshooting UW, 8-7, the Bears earned four corner kicks to the Huskies' two. Against WSU, the Bears scored in the 25th minute, but could not find the back of the net again to drop a 2-1 overtime decision to the Cougars.
Three Bears Combine to Net Weekend's Lone Goal
Redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian scored the only goal last weekend for the Bears, and it came with a little help from her friends. After registering a shot against UW, she took Cal's first shot in Pullman at 13:35 but the WSU keeper made the save. Junior forward Alex Morgan crossed the ball from the left side into the box, where senior Katie Oakes touched it, and then Kevorkian came in for the goal from four yards out. The score was Kevorkian's fifth of the year. The assist was Oakes' second and Morgan's sixth of 2009.
Whipping the Wildcats
Arizona snapped a scoring drought of 462 minutes in the 15th minute against Arizona State on Oct. 23, with a goal from Alex Davis. The Wildcats halted their six-game losing streak with a 2-1 double overtime win in Tucson against the rival Sun Devils. Renae Cuellar paces UA with six scores in 2009, but the Wildcats have been outscored by their opponents, 32-14, this season. Cal holds a 12-0-2 all-time series record against Arizona, including a two-game Cal winning streak thanks to a 2-0 win in Berkeley last year.
Smashing the Sun Devils
Arizona State was on the losing end of the rival bout against Arizona on Oct. 23, scoring the equalizer at 85:38 but failing to connect in overtime. The Sun Devils are now winless in their past five matches, with their last win occurring Sept. 27 with a 4-0 demolishing of Northern Arizona. The Sun Devils have played three of their past five games into double overtime. They have played a total of seven overtime matches this season, only tying in one OT game. Both Karin Volpe and Alexandra Elston have four goals and four assists to tie for first place on the team with 12 points apiece. The Bears narrowly have the advantage against the Sun Devils with an all-time record of 6-4-2. The two squads tied 2-2 in double overtime in their last meeting on Oct. 24, 2008. ASU is coached by Kevin Boyd, who steered the Cal women's soccer program from 1997-2006.
Golden Bear Potpourri
The previous two home games brought in the highest amount of fans of the season. Prior to the homestand against then-No. 3 UCLA (Oct. 16) and then-No. 9 USC (Oct. 18), the previous season high was 458 against Texas, which was broken by the 544 fans in attendance for the game against UCLA. A 2009-record 753 fans showed up for the USC game.
The combination of Lisa Kevorkian scoring with Alex Morgan and Katie Oakes assisting was the first time that combination had occurred in 2009. Morgan has been the sole assister on two Kevorkian goals. To see all of Cal's goal-scoring combinations, please see page XX of the weekly release. The most common occurrence is Morgan scoring without an assist, which has happened three times.
Cal is outshooting its opponents, 215-136. That works out to roughly the Bears shooting 13.4 shots to their opponents 8.5 each game.
Next Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears bring their 2009 regular season to a close with a bout with No. 1 Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 8 on the Cardinal's home turf. The match, which will be televised on FSN, is set to kick off at 1 p.m. Heading into this weekend, the Cardinal is a perfect 17-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 in conference play with seven wins over ranked opponents. Stanford holds the lead against Cal, 11-13-4, with its most recent victory coming last season, 3-0, in Berkeley.
Q&A With the Golden Bears
All season, CalBears.com has been running Q&A with student-athletes on the Cal women's soccer team, and this week's Q&A is with the Cal women's soccer senior class. This weekend's games against Arizona (Friday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m.) and Arizona State (Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.) are the final home games of the 2009 regular season and the final home games for the squad's six seniors. Prior to Sunday's match against ASU - the fans and student-athletes will honor goalkeeper Rosie Aguilera, defender Brianna Bak, forward Torrey Delaplane, forward Lisa Kevorkian, midfielder Katie Oakes and goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini. CalBears.com had a chance to discuss the seniors' years in Berkeley and what being a part of the Cal women's soccer program has meant to them.
To see the Q&As with the senior class and all previous Q&A with the Golden Bears, click here.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Rosie Aguilera returned to her native Bay Area after playing her 2005 freshman season at UC Irvine. Aguilera has seen significant time in goal this year, making 13 saves for a 3-1-1record with two shutouts and only five goals allowed. She was voted Cal's co-most improved player in 2007 after seeing action in five games. The Piedmont, Calif., native grabbed a career-high six saves in her start against UCLA in 2007. In 2008, Rosie had three saves this season and one shutout. Aguilera is majoring in conservation and resource management.
Senior defender Brianna Bak has been a stalwart on Cal's backline for four years. A mass communications major from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Bak is co-captain this year with fellow senior Katie Oakes. After registering the game-winning goal versus No. 11 Stanford (1-0) in the final minute of regulation during her freshman year (2006), she went on to start 40 of 50 games played in her final three years at Cal. She has twice earned a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
Torrey Delaplane is a forward majoring in art practice from Valley Center, Calif. Delaplane rejoined the squad this year to fulfill her final year of collegiate eligibility. Last season, she got on the board with a goal in the 6-0 demolishing of Saint Joseph's and played in 13 games, starting five matches. She was twice named a Pac-10 All-American honorable mention. In 2007, Torrey notched the game-winning goal in the win over Vermont and had the game-winning assist in a 1-0 triumph at Kansas.
Redshirt junior Lisa Kevorkian, who is earning a degree in mass communications, is in her fourth year as a member of the Golden Bear women's soccer team. This season, Kevorkian has three game-winning goals and five scores and two assists for a team-second 12 points. In 2008, she returned from a knee injury with a vengeance to lead the team with three game-winning goals and was second with 13 points, six goals and 16 shots on goal. She was named to the 2008 Pac-10 Conference's All-Academic second team and was a co-recipient of the 2007 Golden Bear Award.
Co-captain Katie Oakes is a midfielder out of West Hills, Calif., who is double majoring in art studio and art history. Oakes traveled to Ireland with the U.S. under-23 national team this past summer, seeing noteworthy playing time and providing the U.S. with a sizeable amount of its offense. After her 2008 campaign, which saw her play in all 20 games, score twice and dish out two assists, Oakes was named to the Soccer Buzz All-West Region Team third team and given Pac-10 Conference's All-Academic honorable mention.
Gina Pellegrini, who hails from Santa Rosa, Calif., is a senior goalkeeper majoring in mass communications. As of Oct. 26, she has a 5-6-0 record in goal, with 22 saves and a 1.46 goals-allowed percentage. Last year, Gina Pellegrini was the primary goalkeeper, playing in 17 games, starting 15 and notching four shutouts. Pellegrini, the 2008 Italian-American Amateur Athlete of the Year, is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
Cal's Record When...
Scoring First: 8-1-1
Scoring Second: 0-1-0
Leading at Halftime: 5-1-0
Trailing at Halftime: 0-4-0
No Score at Halftime: 3-1-1
Tied at Halftime: 1-0-0
Playing a Higher-Ranked Team: 1-4-0-0
Playing a Lower-Ranked Team: 1-0-1
Playing an Unranked Team: 6-3-0
Scoring One Goal: 2-1-1
Scoring Two Goals: 2-0-0
Scouting Three Goals: 0-0-0
Scoring Four or More Goals: 4-0-0
Outshooting Opponent: 6-4-0
Earning More Corner Kicks: 7-4-0
Cal and Its Opponents in the National Rankings
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