Cal Heads Across The Bay
BERKELEY - California women's soccer will head across the Bay to take on No. 14 Stanford in the regular season finale on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Bay Area.
The Bears had a 337-minute shutout streak snapped at No. 10 USC last week. Prior to that, the Bears had gone more than three games without allowing a goal as they secured shutout victories over Utah, Arizona and Arizona State.
Angelina Anderson now has seven shutouts this year and 20 in her career, tied for fourth on Cal's all-time shutout list. Karlie Lema is leading the team with six goals, she scored the decisive goal in overtime vs. Arizona, one of four game-winning goals for the freshman.
Last season, the Bears and Cardinal faced off twice with each team winning, 1-0, on the other's home field. The Bears won the first matchup of the season on March 20 as Mia Fontana scored her first career goal as a Bear with a first-time shot off a pass from Emma Westin. Anderson earned the shutout as she recorded nine saves for the Bears.
In the rematch at Witter Rugby Field in the 2020-21 season finale, played on April 16, the two teams battled into overtime. The score remained deadlocked as Anderson recorded six saves in regulation. However, Stanford found a winner in the 93rd minute, preventing the Bears from the season sweep.
Cal has had one of the best defenses in the country this year, allowing only 0.82 goals per game and only 9.0 shots per contest. Cal has controlled possession in the majority of their contests leading to a 13.6-9.0 advantage in shots. The Bears have only permitted opponents to register 59 shots on goal in 17 contests, 3.5 on-target attempts per game.
Consequently, the Bears have posted seven shutouts in 17 games and have only allowed more than one goal in four games this year.
Cal's No. 1 ranked recruiting class has made waves immediately. Three of the Bears' top four scorers are freshman: Karlie Lema (6 goals, 12 points) leads the team while Ari Manrique (1 goal, 4 points), Jordyn Young (1 goal, 3 points) and Ayo Oke (1 goal, 3 points) have also had an immediate impact.
Additionally, Marleen Rohde scored the game-winning goal vs. OSU and is third on the team in shots with 21. Noelle Bond-Flasza (14 games), Courtney Boone (5 starts, Pac-12 Defender of the Week), Maya Griffin, Alexis Wright (2 assists) and Velize King have all seen time.
The Bears have a deep roster of contributors that have positively impacted the team this year. The Bears have played 17 or more players in all but one game this year and have played more than 20 on nine occasions. 29 different players have logged minutes and 25 players have earned starts so far during the 2021 season.
15 different players have scored points for the Bears so far. Karlie Lema leads the way with six goals and 12 points. Sydney Collins has a team-best four assists.
Cal features a set of twins in Amaya and Anysa Gray. The sophomores from East Palo Alto have been constants in the Bears' attack.
Amaya has played 10 and started five while Anysa has played 13 and started three. They both have three points as Amaya scored the game-tying goal vs. Saint Mary's, Anysa scored the game-winning goal against Portland in the 83rd minute.
Angelina Anderson is now fifth on Cal's all-time saves list. She passed Mary Harvey in the 2021 season opener as she recorded three saves vs. UCSD. She now has 193 in her career. Harvey had 156 career saves. Anderson also has 20 career shutouts and is tied for fourth on the school's all-time shutouts list as she has recorded seven shutouts this season.
Anderson was named National Freshman of the Year in 2019 as well as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She was the first player to win both Freshman of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year in the conference. She earned second-team All-Pac-12 last season as she's proven to be one of the top shot stoppers in the nation.
LEAVING IT LATE
Cal has scored seven goals in the final 15 minutes of games this year and added an overtime winner, that has helped the Bears collect an extra four wins and two ties. Cal was able to score twice in the final 10 minutes at Portland to claim a 2-0 win.
The Bears also scored in the 83rd minute vs. Saint Mary's (CA) as Amaya Gray headed home a cross. Gray's goal helped the Bears comeback and secure a draw. Cal opened Pac-12 play with a 77th minute equalizer vs. Colorado to secure a draw. Marleen Rohde scored in the 82nd minute to put the Bears in front and claim a win vs. Oregon State. Karlie Lema scored the lone goal of the game vs. Utah in the 76th minute to help Cal claim a road win. Lema also scored an OT winner vs. Arizona in the 96th minute.