When: 3:30 PM PT
TV/Online: Pac-12 Networks (online for subscribers only)
Update: twitter (@CalWomensSoccer)
Factoring in expectation and the number of quality team in the field (giving Women's Soccer the edge over Men's Water Polo), it is pretty easy to argue that Cal Women's Soccer has been this year's most successful Fall sports right now. Despite dropping the conference opener at home to Arizona in bizarre circumstance, the Bears have followed that up with 6 straight wins and have already tied for the school record for wins in a season (CORRECTION: Most Wins since 2007 which won 15, school record is 17), with still 5 regular season games left. RPI-wise, the Bears are now up to the No. 29 spot with matches against RPI and human poll top 5 schools in UCLA and Stanfurd coming up later in the year.
Last week, Bears only played one match and found themselves winning down in Tempe by a score of 2-0. Junior goalkeeper Emily Kruger won Pac-12 defensive player of the week honor for her effort.
Cal Athletics has a feature this week on the team talking about their positions.
Here is what Emily Kruger has to say about her position:
I started playing in the goal when I was about 10 or 11. My coach realized I wasn't afraid of the ball so he stuck me in there, and I fell in love with it. Being a goalkeeper is extremely mental, and I've come to realize that my relaxed demeanor and natural ability has allowed me to excel in my position in a way that I don't think I ever would have as a field player.
Cal Women's Soccer Alum news:
Alex Morgan was awarded the prestigious Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) Sportswoman of the Year Award for a team sport. Read the Pac-12 press release here.
This is hardly a surprise and yet another nice award for Alex Morgan this year.