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California Showdown at Witter

Apr 7, 2021

BERKELEY - The Golden Bears return home for a California showdown against UCLA and USC. Cal first faces the No. 4 Bruins on April 9 at 12 p.m. on Witter Rugby Field. The Bears clash with another ranked opponent on April 11 against No. 21 USC at 1:45 p.m. 

Cal closed its final road trip of the season with a 1-1 record in Arizona. The Bears earned a big win against the then-No. 16 Sun Devils with a double-overtime gamewinner from Amaya Gray. The Bears hold a 2-1 record against ranked opponents this season. 

The games this weekend will be streamed via Cal Live Stream. In accordance with public health guidelines, Cal Athletics is able to welcome a small number of student-
athlete and coach guests to outdoor home events. No tickets for general public use will be sold at athletic venues due to capacity restrictions.

Fans may also follow along with live play-by-play action on Live Stats and updates from @CalWSoc on Twitter. 

SCOUTING THE BRUINS 

The Bears look to tame a dominant Bruin attack that has scored 26 goals this season. The fourth-ranked team has outshot opponents 169-124 in 12 games. UCLA currently leads the conference in standings, save percentage (0.873), and goals-against average (0.56). 

Forward Reilynn Turner leads the Bruins with seven goals and three assists, while 10 Bruins have collected points this season. Cal will look to continue its heavy defensive pressure against a UCLA team that has outshot opponents in 10 out of 12 games. Scoring will be important for the Bears as no team has succeeded in shutting out the Bruins this season. 

The Bruins suffered their first loss against Arizona State on March 26. Despite leading for the first 82 minutes of the game, the Sun Devils collected an equalizer after a Bruin defender scored on her own goal. UCLA could not find its pace after the end of regulation and the Sun Devils clinched the win with a goal in the first overtime period.

Cal last faced UCLA in September 2019 in a 2-1 win against the then seventh-ranked team. Defender Kailee Gifford sealed the win for the Bears after one-timing the ball for a goal in the 88th minute. The Bears were outshot in the 2019 matchup 17-8 but matched the Bruins with four shots on goal. The Bears' precision in the attack will be vital in edging out UCLA.

Overall, the Bears trail in the series, 5-18-2. 

SCOUTING THE TROJANS 
The Cal defense will play a critical role against the No. 21 USC team that has outscored the Bears 18-10. The Trojans were shut out in two of their three losses and the Bears will look to gain another clean sheet. Despite their strength in attack, USC has allowed the third-most goals in the conference with 11 goals scored by opponents. 

Penelope Hocking leads the Trojans and the conference in goals with eight scored this season. Tara McKeon is next on the leaderboard with six goals and three assists while 11 Trojans have earned points this spring. 

USC's last loss was on March 15 against Colorado. The Trojans led 2-1 after the first half, but the Buffs found an equalizer in the 55th minute that would send the game to overtime. The Buffs beat through the overtime tire to score the gamewinner in the 108th minute. The Trojans made several turnovers throughout the game with 15 fouls committed. 

The Bears last saw the Trojans in October 2019 at Berkeley. Cal defeated the then-third-ranked USC team, 3-0. Two of the three goalscorers for the Bears are in action this season - Paige Metayer and Emma Westin. The Bears were outshot 16-10, but impressive goalkeeping from Angelina Anderson produced six saves and a clean sheet. 

The Trojans lead the series overall,  9-13-2.

ANDERSON IS A PLUS 
The reigning National Freshman of the Year Angelina Anderson currently has 51 saves from 10 games this season. The Bears have played the fewest amount of games in the conference, yet Anderson stands second in total saves among the Pac-12 goalkeepers.. 

Anderson earned the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor following the Cal win against Stanford on March 20. Anderson collected the award after racking up a season-high nine saves in a 1-0 win against the Stanford Cardinal.

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 netted her second goal in the following game, scoring the gamewinner 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. She leads the Bears in goals (3), assists (3) and points (9). 

TWO FOR NUMBER TWO
Forward Keely Roy striked her second goal of the season to equalize the game against Arizona State. The sophomore transfer joined the Bears after a season with the USF Dons, with whom she earned WCC All-Freshman honors. 

Roy's first goal clinched Cal's win against Utah in a 1-0 victory. The striker has been a key piece in the Cal attack and leads the Bears with 24 shots. 

DOUBLE-EDGED DEFENSE
In addition to helping tally four 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.

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.

DRAFT DAY 
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.  

UP NEXT 
The Bears return to Witter Rugby Field for Senior Day and the final game of the regular season against Stanford on April 16 at 4 p.m.