Undefeated Bears Return For Home Opener
BERKELEY - The undefeated Golden Bears return to Berkeley for their first home game in over 15 months. Following a weekend sweep, Cal jumped to No. 6 in the polls and improved to a 2-0-0 record. The home opener will take place on Friday, March 5, against Colorado (3-1-1, 0-0-1 Pac-12) at 3 p.m. on Witter Rugby Field.
The Bears will then play Utah (1-2-2, 0-0-1 Pac-12) on Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m.
While on the road, Cal defeated an Oregon team that had just upset then-no. 3 Stanford. The Golden Bear defense collected its first shutout of the season against the Ducks, with three saves for Angelina Anderson. At Oregon, Cal took a late lead in the 70th minute on a goal from senior striker Emma Westin, assisted by Lily Arbabaraghi.
At Oregon State, the Bears allowed just a single goal in the 19th minute from the Beavers. The OSU lead lasted four minutes after Westin scored from a penalty kick. At the 46th minute, Metayer scored a long-range goal through the Beaver defenders to give the Golden Bears the lead, 2-1. Cal extended the lead in the 79th minute with a goal from freshman Anysa Gray, assisted by Westin.
The Bears look to extend their win streak after their first weekend at home.
Due to local COVID-19 protocols, fans are not permitted to attend Cal's home games. Fans can follow Friday's game via live stats by clicking here and by following updates on Twitter @CalWSoc. Sunday's competition will be televised by Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
The Buffaloes come to Berkeley following their first loss and first draw of the season against Washington. Colorado opened its Pac-12 season in a draw against the Huskies on Feb. 26.The Buffs then fell 2-1 against the Huskies on Feb. 28. The Buffs struggled in the box with a 48-13 shot deficit and only two shots on target for the whole weekend.
In the last game between the Bears and the Buffs, the teams played to a draw in double overtime. In a 1-1 tie, Cal outshot Colorado 21-17 and held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks. Angelina Anderson collected six saves, while the Cal defense gathered 2 blocks.
SCOUTING THE UTES
The Utes opened their Pac-12 season with back-to-back games at Washington State. Utah tied the Cougs on Feb. 26 following a 0-0 defensive stalemate. The Utes were outshot 22-9, while Utah goalkeeper SJ Edwards collected 5 saves.
At the following game, the Utes were shutout in a 2-0 loss against the then-ranked no. 15 team. Utah showed an 11-9 shot advantage, but could not get in the box with only three shots on goal.
In the 2019 season, the Bears snatched a 2-1 win in Salt Lake City against the Utes. Both teams took 10 shots, but Cal's accuracy of 0.800 helped take the win. Overall, the Bears lead the series, 8-1-3.
BACK IN BERKELEY
The Bears' last game in Berkeley took place on Nov. 3, 2019, at Edwards Stadium. Cal comes back to Berkeley with a new home at Witter Rugby Field for the spring 2021 season.
WESTIN FOR THE WIN
Senior striker and tri-captain for the Bears, Emma Westin played a stellar opening weekend. With the lone goal versus the Ducks, Westin scored the game winner for Cal against Oregon. At Oregon State, she scored off a penalty kick and collected an assist. Westin was selected for TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Week for the week of March 1.
IN THE ONE HUNDRED
Cal's Angelina Anderson (GK) and Emily Smith (D) were both named to the MAC Hermann Award Watch List. The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually to the top male and female college soccer players. Both Bears were also selected in the National Top 100 on TopDrawerSoccer.
Both Anderson and Smith enter the 2020-21 season with great success to build off of. The duo received All-American honors at the end of the 2019 season - Anderson was selected as a second-team All-American and Smith garnered second-team Scholar All-American honors.
Senior defender Emily Smith was drafted in the second round of the 2021 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. The Racing Louisville FC selected Smith with the 31st pick. Smith will report to Louisville following the 2020-21 season.
IN THE POLLS
The Bears jumped to No. 6 in the TopDrawerSoccer poll following a 2-0 opening weekend. Cal is the second-highest ranked Pac-12 team in the polls, after UCLA. Cal defeated an Oregon team that just upset the reigning national champion Cardinal.
Cal hits the road again to play Washington State on March 12 at 7 p.m. on Lower Soccer Field. The Bears will then head to Seattle on March 14 in a game against Washington at 2 p.m. in Husky Soccer Stadium.