Bears Back In Berkeley
BERKELEY - California returns to Berkeley after two weeks on the road. The Golden Bears (4-2-0, 2-2-0 Pac-12) begin play on Friday, March 25, in a conference game against Oregon (4-3-2, 2-2-1 Pac-12) at 7:00 p.m. on Witter Rugby Field. The Bears then face Oregon State (2-7-0, 0-5-0 Pac-12) on Sunday, March 28, in a game that will not count towards conference standings.
Cal is coming off of a win against the reigning national champion Stanford in a 1-0 shutout victory. Angelina Anderson collected a season-high nine saves against the Cardinal, and she and the Cal backline tallied their third clean sheet. Following a strong performance over the weekend, Anderson was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday.
Friday's game against Oregon will not be streamed, but fans can still follow along via live stats and check for game updates on Twitter (@CalWSoc). Coverage for Sunday's game against Oregon State will be available through Cal Live Stream, in addition to live stats.
Under current health protocol fans are not permitted to attend home events.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
The Bears posted a 1-0 victory when they last saw Oregon one month prior in Eugene. Cal found success with their defensive pressure that held the Ducks at only eight shots the entire game.
Overall this season, the Oregon attack has found plenty of opportunity in the final third. The Ducks have earned 29 corner kicks and hold a 77-70 shot advantage over Cal. The Bears must look out for forward Ally Cook, who currently leads the Ducks in scoring with three goals.
The Ducks are coming off of a nonconference rivalry win against Oregon State on Saturday. Cook collected her third goal of the season, while Eden Hardy stacked her second goal of the year against the Beavers. The Ducks have a wide range of playmakers with eight team assists alongside eight goals this spring.
Both teams have only two conference wins on record, and the winner of this game will get the extra edge in conference standings.
Overall, the Bears lead the series 20-2-1.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
The Beavers' last win was on Feb. 28 against Stanford in a nonconference matchup that resulted in a 2-1 victory against the then third-ranked team.
The Beavers' strength comes in an attack that has produced 107 shots in nine games. In the final third, the Bears must look out for playmaking from Kaillen Fried, who leads the Beavers with five assists. The Beavs have a fair share of scorers with six individuals having a goal so far this season. Brianna McReynolds and Sydney Studer lead Oregon State with three goals each.
When the Bears visited Corvallis, Oregon State took an early lead in the 19th minute when McReynolds scored off an assist from Abby Schwartz. Emma Westin found the equalizer for the Bears with a 23rd-minute penalty kick. The Bears picked up pace in the second half and outshot the Beavers 9-7 to earn two more goals in the second half. Against Oregon State, the Bears earned a season-high three goals.
While the game in Berkeley will not count towards conference standings, the Beavers are looking for a winning rhythm against a conference opponent. California leads the series 24-5-2 overall.
A PLUS ANDERSON
California goalkeeper and reigning national Freshman of the Year Angelina Anderson earned the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor on Tuesday morning. Anderson collected the award after racking up a season-high nine saves in a 1-0 win against Stanford on Saturday.
This marks Anderson's first player of the week nod of the season, and the first weekly honor for the Golden Bears this spring. Anderson was also featured in the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for the week of March 22.
The sophomore received keeper of the week honors three times in 2019 before becoming the first player to win both Freshman of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year in the conference.
WESTIN KEEPS ROLLING
Senior midfielder Emma Westin scored her third goal of the season against Washington.
Westin scored her first goal and the first Golden Bear goal of the season off a penalty kick against Oregon State on Feb. 26. In that same game she earned her first assist off a goal from Anysa Gray. The senior midfielder made her second goal in the following game, scoring the game winner against Oregon on Feb. 28.
Both a playmaker and finisher, Westin also gained a second assist off a give-and-go pass to Keely Roy against Utah that clinched the game for the Bears. Against Stanford, Westin found a connection to Mia Fontana that gave the Bears the gamewinning goal.
Westin led the Bears in scoring in 2019 and is on track to hold that title again in for the spring 2021 season. With three goals and two assists, she leads the Bears in both columns.
In addition to helping tally two clean sheets so far this season, two Cal defenders have helped the Bears' attack in scoring.
Junior Sydney Collins collected her first collegiate goal against Colorado on March 7. Collins tackled the ball away from a Buffalo forward and made a long dribbling run from midfield before scoring unassisted.
Freshman Maya Evans earned her first career assist on March 14 against Washington after sending a long midfield pass to Emma Westin that led to a goal.
The Bears have made many trips to the attacking third in the first five games. Cal has won three of four games where it held a shot advantage. The Bears have earned many set play opportunities with 26 corner kicks. The Bears must look to convert more shots to goals as they advance in the season.
Sophomore transfer Keely Roy collected her first Cal goal against Utah. Roy has been a key force in the Bears' attack and leads Cal in total shots with 17 trips to the box.
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-America honors.
Racing Louiville FC selected senior defender Emily Smith in the second round of the 2021 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. Smith, chosen with the 31st overall pick, will report to Louisville following the 2021 season.
IN THE POLLS
The Bears improved to No. 22 on TopDrawerSoccer rankings following a win against rival Stanford. Cal fell out of the United Soccer Coaches rankings following the Bears' second loss against Washington.
Cal takes a trip to Arizona next weekend with a first stop in Tempe on April 2 against Arizona State at 7:00 p.m. The weekend will close on April 2 when the Bears face Arizona at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.