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Big Test Coming, Bears Host A Pair of Top-25 Teams

Sep 7, 2022
The Bears will host a pair of top-25 teams this weekend at Underhill Field.

BERKELEY – The California field hockey team wraps up a season-long four-game homestand this weekend. It will also mark the Golden Bears' biggest test of the season when No. 2 North Carolina and No. 18 Wake Forest come to Underhill Field.  
 
The Bears and Tar Heels will square off on Friday at 4:00 p.m. With Cal and Demon Deacons battling on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both games are free and open to the public. For those not able to attend live stats and video will be available for both contests.

GAME 5 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Sep. 9, 2022 – 4:00 p.m. PT   
Opponent: No. 2 North Carolina (4-0, 0-0 ACC)
Site: Underhill Field (Berkeley, CA)
Live Video: Calbears.com 
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com
 
GAME 6 INFORMATION
Date/Time: Sep. 11, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. PT   
Opponent: No. 18 Wake Forest (1-2, 0-0 ACC)
Site: Underhill Field (Berkeley, CA)
Live Video: Calbears.com
Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com

AT A GLANCE

  • Sharing the Wealth: Through four games the Bears have had six players score at least one goal. In 17 matches in 2021 Cal had eight players score at least one goal. Sara Stone and Monica Arteaga lead the squad with two goals each.
  • Twice Is Nice: Speaking of Arteaga, in the win over Bellarmine last Friday she scored a brace. She notched her first goal of the season five minutes into the opening period – it was the first, first-half goal of the season for the Golden Bears. It is the first multi-goal game for the senior from Cheltenham, UK. Her last goal came on Oct. 11, 2019, in a 6-0 win over Sacred Heart.
  • Tackling The Top-25: Dating back to the 2013 season, Cal has squared off against teams in the NFHCA Top-25 50 times, during that stretch they are 6-44. In 2021 the Bears went 1-3 against top-25 teams. The last win over a top-25 squad came on Aug. 27, 2021, a 1-0 win on the road over No. 25 Stanford.
  • Halftime Adjustments: The Bears have been tremendous making halftime adjustments this season. Through four games, Cal has scored five of its eight goals in the third period. Against Indiana on Sunday, the Golden Bears put two in the back of the net against the Hoosiers midway through the third period. 
  • Getting Their Corners: Last week the Bears ranked 17th in the nation in corners a game – they enter this week even higher on that list. Cal ranks No. 10 in the nation in penalty corners per game, averaging 8.25 per game. Defensively, Cal has allowed just 19 corners this season or 4.75 per contest.
  • Between the Pipes: Keeper Cato Knipping continues to have a solid senior campaign. She ranks in the top-60 in the nation in three categories. She's 43rd in the nation in saves per game at 4.25, she ranks 47th in the nation in goals against average at 2.40, and is 57th in the nation in save percentage at .630. Last weekend she tallied 10 saves on the weekend, including season-high seven saves against Indiana on Sunday.

ABOUT THE TAR HEELS
North Carolina enters this weekend ranked No. 2 in the NFHCA poll. The Tar Heels are 4-0, which includes three wins over top-15 teams. Last weekend, North Carolina defeated No. 13 Princeton 4-3 before dispatching Penn 4-0. North Carolina is fifth in the nation in goals per game at 4.0 and are sixth in the nation in scoring margin. Four players are in the top-85 in the nation in goals per contest, led by senior forward Erin Matson who is ninth averaging 1.25 goals per contest.     
SERIES HISTORY
Friday will be the seventh time the Bears and Tar Heels have squared off. All-time North Carolina owns a 6-0 advantage in the series that dates back to Nov. 12, 1983 when the Tar Heels defeated the Bears 2-1. Last time these two teams faced came on Sept. 8, 2018 with North Carolina winning 6-0.

ABOUT THE DEMON DEACONS
Wake Forest takes on UC Davis on Friday, they enter this week with a 1-2 overall record with their two losses coming against top-five teams. As a team, the Demon Deacons are averaging 2.48 points per contest which ranks 27th in the nation, in scoring margin they are 31st in the nation. Six players have notched at least one goal, leading the team in scoring are midfielders Ashley Hart and Anna Gwiazdsinski who have scored two goals apiece.
 
SERIES HISTORY
Cal and Wake Forest have a long history dating back to 1995. Sunday will mark the 11th time these two games have squared off. All-time Wake Forest is 10-0 against the Golden Bears. Last time these two teams faced off came on Sep. 25, 2016 with Wake Forest winning 6-2.   

UP NEXT
The Bears begin America East play next week beginning with a trip to Albany, NY to take on the Great Danes at 10 a.m. The following Sunday, Cal travels to Providence, RI to take on Bryant at 9:00 a.m.

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