Cal Begins Three-Game Road Swing
BERKELEY - Cal looks to continue a four-match unbeaten streak as the Bears take on Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara this week. The Bears will kickoff against the Titans at 7 p.m. on Thursday followed by a 1 p.m. tilt against the Broncos on Sunday.
Cal finished last week with a tie against #14 Pepperdine after a stunning goal from defender Courtney Boone. Boone made a fantastic individual effort to break up the Waves attack, dribble past defenders and fire a 30-yard rocket to tally her first career goal. Keely Roy scored in Cal's tie with USF to notch her third goal of the season.
The Bears defense has been fantastic so far in 2022 as the Bears have only allowed 16 shots on goal against in their five contests, just 3.2 shots per game, Cal hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than once in any game this year.
This will be the first matchup between Cal and Cal State Fullerton since 2008. The two schools have only played four times in their history. The Bears have a much longer rivalry with Santa Clara as this will be the 51st matchup between the schools. Cal holds a 22-20-8 edge. Last year, the two teams tied, 1-1, as Makena Smith, who had just joined the team, started in goal and made seven saves on her way to being named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week.
Keely Roy has started the season on fire, scoring a brace in Cal's win over UC San Diego. It was the first time in nearly three years that a Bear has had a multi-goal game, with the last one coming on September 6, 2019 when Emma Westin scored twice against USD. Roy followed that with a long-range goal in Cal's draw against USF as she hit a shot from 25 yards out that found the side netting in the 78th minute and secured the draw.
Roy also tallied a goal in Cal's exhibition match against the Chinese National Team, which Cal tied 2-2 against the 16th-ranked team in FIFA's rankings.
Cal has had one of the best defenses in the country so far this season. They've allowed only 16 shots on goal this season, just 3.2 shots on target per game. Cal hasn't allowed more than one goal in any game this year and posted a shutout in the win over Saint Mary's.
Angelina Anderson is now fifth on Cal's all-time saves list with 211 in her career. Anderson also has 21 career shutouts and is in fourth on the school's all-time shutouts list after recording a shutout vs. Saint Mary's earlier this year.
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 in 2020-21 and third team honors in 2021 as she's proven to be one of the top shot stoppers in the nation.
The Bears bring back the majority of the team that played during the 2021 season. The squad finished the season with a three-win improvement from the previous season.
For the 2022 season, 30 players from last year's team return and only five players that saw minutes last year depart. Cal returns 149 starts from last year's team. Cal also brings back 14 of the 15 players that recorded points last year including 17 of the 18 goals and all 17 assists.
The Bears return student-athletes who have combined for 352 starts and 626 games played in their Cal careers.
U20 WORLD CUP STANDOUTS
Cal sophomore Ayo Oke and freshman Teagan Wy competed with Team USA at the U20 World Cup this August. The duo was selected for the team after playing with the national team at numerous age groups and impressing throughout the spring.
Oke played in two matches for the United States while Wy served as a backup goalkeeper.
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