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Top-Ranked Teams Converge in Berkeley

Sep 10, 2014
No. 11 Cal vs. No. 7 Texas Tech
Date: Friday, Sept. 12
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Berkeley, Calif. (Goldman Field)
Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
Live Stats:  CalBears.com
No. 11 Cal vs. No. 24 Santa Clara
Date: Sunday, Sept. 14
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Berkeley, Calif. (Goldman Field)
Broadcast: Pac-12 Networks
Live Stats:  CalBears.com
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BERKELEY, Calif. -- With a perfect 6-0 record, No. 11 Cal women’s soccer faces its toughest weekend yet as a pair of top-ranked teams converge in Berkeley. On Friday the Bears meet Golden Bear head coach Neil McGuire’s former squad, the seventh-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, for a match beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Bears are set for a rematch with No. 24 Santa Clara on Sunday, also at 3:30 p.m. In August, Cal defeated Santa Clara 1-0 in overtime - the program’s first outright win over the Broncos since 2008.

Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, and scoring updates will be provided for each game on the @CalWomensSoccer Twitter account. Both games are also the closing games of Cal soccer doubleheaders that include the men vs. Cleveland State on Friday and vs. Gonzaga on Sunday.

LAST TIME OUT
Cal remains perfect with six wins in six games. The Bears picked up another shutout -- their third of the season -- at St. Mary’s last Friday with a stalwart defense and goals No. 3 of the season from Taylor Comeau and Kelly Fitzgerald, as well as first collegiate goals by Guro Bergsvand and Melissa Lewis.

On Sunday, Cal returned home after a four-game Bay Area road trip to host Cal Poly. Despite scoring an own goal early in the game to put the Mustangs on the board, 1-0, the Bears rebounded with another set of goals from Comeau and Fitzgerald for the 2-1 win.

RANKINGS ROUNDUP
In this week’s polls, the Bears appear on: Soccer America (10), NSCAA (11), BennettRank (12) and TopDrawerSoccer (15).

FOUR GAMES, FOUR GOALS...AND COUNTING
Taylor Comeau and Kelly Fitzgerald lead the Bears in goals scored with four apiece. Both players are currently on a four-game scoring streak.

MORE BEAR BITES:

• Cal’s 6-0 start is the first time the Bears have won six games to start the season since 2000. That year, the Bears’ first loss was against Santa Clara in game No. 9, and the team finished the year with the most wins in program history (17).

• Cal has outscored opponents 19-3 (opponent goals include own goal vs. Cal Poly) through the first six games of the season.

• Cal is one of just 22 Division I women’s soccer programs in the nation with a perfect record.

• Cal is first in the Pac-12 for assists, points and scoring offense.

• Cal’s 19 goals so far have come from 10 different players.

• The Bears have garnered five penalty kicks this season, successfully converting all but one (4-5). In 2013, Cal accrued just three penalty kicks throughout 21 games.

• Of Cal’s 32-woman roster, 29 have seen the field this season.

Taylor Comeau is first in the conference and fourth nationally with her three game-winning goals.

• Out for the season: Ifeoma Onumonu (leg injury vs. Santa Clara on 8/24); Elliott Gentile (torn ACL in preseason practice); Melissa Wood (surgery for lingering club injury before season)

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH

• Ranked No. 7 in the NSCAA poll for the highest rank in school history.
• Tabbed second in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll.
• Heads to Berkeley with a 5-0 record.
• Junior Hannah Devine earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week following her three-goal performance in wins over Sam Houston State and Portland State last week. The midfielder currently leads the squad with 10 points (5 goals).
• Currently own a 19-game unbeaten streak, the longest in school history.
• The Red Raiders have held opponents to just three goals this year and have outshot their opposition 110-41.
• Last time out: Friday marks the first meeting between the squads.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA

• Will enter the weekend backed with a 3-2-0 overall record, and will face Dayton before heading to Berkeley on Sunday for the first road game of the year
• Ranked No. 24 in the NSCAA poll
• Sofia Huerta was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week after her third-career hat trick. She now has six goals on the season, tied for third most in the country.
• The Golden Bears hold a slight 18-16-7 advantage in the all-times series.
• Last time out: The two teams faced off earlier this season, as Cal claimed a 2-1 victory in an overtime thriller. Cal won on a succesful penalty kick from Lorin Hom.