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Cal Begins Pac-12 Play In LA

Sep 22, 2022

BERKELEY – Cal looks to continue an eight-match unbeaten streak as the Bears begin conference play at No. 1 ranked UCLA on Friday evening at 8 p.m. 
Cal enters the weekend with a streak of 374:20 without allowing a goal. The Bears have posted four consecutive shutouts against Cal State Fullerton, Santa Clara, UNLV and Penn. Angelina Anderson was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Sept. 12, while Sydney Collins was named Pac-12 Defender of the Week each of the past two weeks as the dup helped lead a Bears defense. .
The Bears defense has been fantastic so far in 2022 as the Bears have only allowed 24 shots on goal against in their nine contests, just 2.7 shots per game, Cal hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than once in any game this year while posting five shutouts.
Cal broke out offensive this past week as Ari Manrique scored five points (2G, 1A) with a goal against UNLV and a goal and an assist in Cal's 3-0 win over Penn. Jadyn Shinn added her first career goal against the Quakers while Paige Metayer added a third for the Bears in their highest-scoring game of the year.
This will be the 29th meeting between Cal and UCLA as the teams have played every year since 1994. Last year, the two teams went to double overtime in Westwood before UCLA was able to find a winner. Cal will return to Los Angeles looking for a different result this year. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network at 8 p.m. 
Sydney Collins was named Pac-12 defender of the week for the second straight week on 9/19 after she helped the Cal defense to two more shutouts against UNLV and Penn. The Bears have now shutout four consecutive opponents and have 374:20 of consecutive game time without giving up a goal. Collins and her teammates helped limit their opponents to only four shots on goal and four corner kicks across two games.
Ari Manrique had her best week in a Cal shirt as the sophomore scored in games against UNLV and Penn to wrap up non-conference play. She also tallied an assist vs. Penn to score five points on the week, outscoring her point total from the 2021 season. Manrique's play contributed to Cal scoring a team-best five goals over two games.
Angelina Anderson and Sydney Collins were named Pac-12 Goalkeeper and Defender of the week on September 12. The duo helped the Bears complete the week without having surrendering a goal. Cal kept shutouts against Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara. Anderson made four saves, while Collins marshaled the defense, which only allowed four shots on goal across two games.
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 24 shots on goal this season, just 2.67 shots on target per game. Cal hasn't allowed more than one goal in any game this year and has posted five shutouts on the season, including four in a row. The Bears have only given up four goals in nine games. 
Angelina Anderson is now fifth on Cal's all-time saves list with 218 in her career. Anderson also has 23 career shutouts, plus three more combined shutouts and is in third on the school's all-time shutouts list after recording shutouts vs. Saint Mary's, Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara.
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.
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