No.8 Cal Women's Soccer vs. No.2 UCLA on Pac-12 Networks Open Thread

GO BEARS! - Cal Women's Soccer Twitter

Cal may have lost in the first two parts of the weekend showdown with UCLA in football and the finals of the West Coast 7s final in rugby 7s, but the Bears will get two more cracks at beating UCLA with both of the undefeated Cal soccer teams taking on their UCLA counterparts. First up are the women's, in a battle for the top spot of the Pac-12 Conference. GO BEARS!

NO.8 CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (9-0-4, 2-0-2 Pac-12) vs. NO. 2 UCLA BRUINS (11-1-1, 3-0-1 Pac-12)

Sunday, Oct. 13 | 11 a.m.
Goldman Field at Edwards Stadium | Berkeley
TV: PAC-12 NETWORKS | Live Stats: CalBears.com
Twitter Updates: @CalWomensSoccer

All-Time Series Record
Total:  4-14-1
Home: 2-7-1
Away: 2-7-0
Neutral: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: 10/26/12, L 3-0

In a tight Pac-12 fight for the conference title in Women's Soccer, the undefeated through 13 matches Cal squad will look to get the lead and leapfrog the nationally 2nd ranked UCLA Bruins. Since the teams only get to play each other once per season, Bears need to take advantage of having the home field against the top contender in UCLA, who are also looking to usurp Stanfurd (whose 40+ conference unbeaten streak has been snapped this year) at the top of the conference.

Earlier this week, UCLA got a golden goal in the 2nd OT to down Stanfurd in Palo Alto. Meanwhile in Berkeley, the Golden Bears got an early lead on a goal by senior Rachel Mercik but gave up the equalizer in the 2nd half (plus way too many quality chances to the Women of Troy of USC) to end up with only a draw. A better effort out of the Golden Bears is required for the Bears to end the day in 1st place of the tough Pac-12 Conference.

PAC-12 W. Soccer STANDINGS

Teams Pts Conf Overall
UCLA 10 3-0-1 11-1-1
CALIFORNIA 8 2-0-2 9-0-4
ARIZONA STATE 9 3-1-0 8-4-0
WASHINGTON 8 2-0-2 6-5-2
WASHINGTON STATE 7 2-1-1 9-1-3
UTAH 7 2-1-1 6-2-5
STANFORD 6 2-2-0 9-2-1
COLORADO 6 2-2-0 10-3-0
ARIZONA 3 1-3-0 6-4-3
USC 1 0-3-1 5-6-2
OREGON 1 0-3-1 2-7-3
OREGON STATE 1 0-3-1 2-9-2

Highlights from the Cal-USC match:


Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger is spotlighted in this week's Cal Olympic Sports video below, highlighting the peace and conflict major's work with One World and her summer experience in Ghana:


On the field, Kruger has allowed just 0.72 goals per match with 4 shutout wins.

Offensively, the Bears are led by the 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists) of striker Ifeoma Onumonu. A successful last week has catapulted senior Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick into second place on the team with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). Also with more than 10 points are Sam Witteman (6 goals and 3 assists for 15 points) and Rachel Mercik (5 goals, 2 assists for 12 points). Three other Bears have tallied a goal this year.

The lone loss for UCLA, the preseason favorite to win the conference, came as a 1-0 loss to the defending NCAA champs in North Carolina. While the Bears have tallied draws in conference play with Utah and USC, the UCLA Bruins has a draw against the Washington Huskies. Darien Jenkins is the Bruins' leading goal scorers. The Bruin keeper Katelyn Rowland already has 7 shutouts in 13 matches.

Either way, this should be a great battle with both heavy conference and national implications.

GOAL ON YOU BEARS!


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