No. 19 Cal Looks To Extend Winning Streak
BERKELEY – No. 19 California women's soccer takes on No. 18 USC this Friday at 4 p.m. PT at Edwards Stadium, looking to extend its three-game winning streak. The match will air on the Pac-12 Network.
The Bears are coming off three consecutive wins against fellow Pac-12 schools Arizona, then-No. 21 Washington State and Washington. Cal outscored both the Cougars and the Huskies 2-1 this past week, earning the team its first national ranking of the season with United Soccer Coaches placing them 19th in its weekly national rankings.
Keely Roy contributed three of the four goals last week and remains the top goal-scorer this season for Cal with her eight total. She now ranks fifth in the conference for goals scored. Roy received numerous accolades following her stellar performance, including Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and a spot on TopDrawerSoccer's team of the week.
Hannah Cooper logged her first-ever goal in collegiate competition when she placed a shot into the right side of Washington's goal off of a pass from Ari Manrique.
Angelina Anderson and Sydney Collins once again led the defense, holding off Washington State for nearly 86 minutes before conceding a goal and shutting out Washington for 65 minutes after only allowing one goal in the first half. Anderson made five saves against Washington, including one impressive diving stop that crucially maintained a tie-game. Collins also had a huge defensive save in the game against the Huskies when she guarded an empty goal and made a perfectly-timed header to block a shot and hold onto Cal's 2-1 advantage.
The Bears (8-3-3, 3-2 Pac-12) now take on the Trojans (8-2-1, 4-1 Pac-12), their 27th time doing so since 1995. Cal currently trails the series with a 10-15-2 record. USC comes to Berkeley following their split weekend hosting the Arizona Schools. The Trojans fell to the Wildcats 0-1 and beat the Sun Devils 2-0. This will be the third home match in a row for the Bears before they hit the road for two against the Oregon schools.
ACCOLADES FOR ROY
Keely Roy earned Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Week on 10/10 after her pair of game-deciding goals over the Washington schools lifted Cal to a three-game winning streak. She now has eight goals scored this season, ranking her fifth in the conference, and she is 4-for-4 on penalty kick conversions this season. She was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week.
Roy 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 scored her fourth goal as she tallied from the penalty spot against UCLA, and added her fifth of the season on a penalty kick against Arizona State on 9/29 She added goals six and seven in a home match vs. WSU on 10/6 and locked in her eighth in the match vs. Washington on 10/9 to secure Cal's sweep over the Washington schools.
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.
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. Collins and her teammates helped limit their opponents to only four shots on goal and four corner kicks across the two games in weeks 4 and 5. The Bears have shutout six opponents this season, including four consecutively, and have a season-record of 398:16 of consecutive game time without giving up a goal.
MANRIQUE LEADS HOT WEEK
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 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.
Cal has had one of the best defenses in the country so far this season. They've allowed only 40 shots on goal this season, just 3.2 shots on target per game. Cal has allowed more than one goal in only two games this year and has posted six shutouts on the season, including four in a row. The Bears have only given up 10 goals in 12 games.
Angelina Anderson is now fifth on Cal's all-time saves list with 239 in her career. Anderson also has 24 career shutouts, plus three more combined shutouts and is tied for second with Cal Athletics Hall of Famer Maite Zabala on the school's all-time shutouts list after recording shutouts vs. Saint Mary's, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Clara and Arizona.
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.