Both of Cal's soccer teams continue to be undefeated through this past week when they each played two matches. For that, Cal Soccer as a whole is our Team(s) of the Week.
Cal Men's Soccer
Congratulation to Cal Men's Soccer (5-0-1) for achieving the No.1 ranking in the nation for the first time in program history.
Some quotes from the article:
"As a former player, it's still great to be able to keep tabs on and see the fantastic start the team has had," said former Cal forward Calen Carr, now with the Houston Dynamo. "It's a momentous occasion to be ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time in program history.
FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson, Carr's former Cal teammate, echoed his sentiments.
"It's unbelievable," Jacobson said. "The ranking at this point isn't really that important, but what is really important is how they go about doing it. Kevin brought his philosophy to Cal, and he does it the correct way - playing good soccer and a purpose. It's great to see a great style working."
Senior Steve Birnbaum also earned some more individual accolades with two more goals this past week.
How the Bears got to number 1 is by defending their home pitch this past week with two dominant victories.
Cal 3, Colgate 0
|1.||12:32||CAL||Sundly, Alec (1)||Casiple, Seth||Casiple chipped ball over D, Sundly scores past gk|
|2.||53:32||CAL||Bonomo, Stefano (2)||Hallisey, Connor||Hallisey shot, saved, rebound to Bonomo, who scored from close|
|3.||76:11||CAL||Birnbaum, Steve (4)||Casiple, Seth||corner by 10 found 15, who headed in his 4th goal of the year|
Cal 3, College of Charleston 1
|1.||11:47||CAL||Birnbaum, Steve (5)||Dean, Christian; Bonomo, Stefano||2 Dean sent thru ball to 9 to 15, shot from close, goal|
|2.||19:36||CAL||Bonomo, Stefano (3)||Sundly, Alec||Sundly long curving pass, 9 run on, shot, goal|
|3.||27:34||CAL||Jalali, Omid (1)||(unassisted)||Jalali steals ball soon after subbing in, dribbles in, shoots, scores|
|4.||30:35||COFC||Rajpaul, Xavier||Coons, Tucker; Peterson, Troy|
Bears will defend their top ranking when they host Santa Clara on Friday at 4:30 PM before starting conference plays the following week. With home matches in the next two weeks, there are plenty of opportunities to go check out and support your top ranked Men's Soccer in person.
Cal Women's Soccer
With a draw and a win, Women's Soccer is also still undefeated with a record of (6-0-2)
Weekly rankings roundup: NSCAA 11; Soccer Times 11; CollegeSportsMadness 11; Soccer America 15; TopDrawerSoccer 15; BennettRank 16 #GoBears!— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWomensSoccer) September 24, 2013
Congrats to Emily Kruger - Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for her performance vs. Santa Clara! Well-deserved! http://t.co/yytsy3Mf89— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWomensSoccer) September 24, 2013
Cal 1, Santa Clara 1
On the road down in South Bay, the Bears battled the Broncos hard for a 1-1 tie. Bears had to withstood a strong effort from the ranked 22/13 Broncos team as Cal goalie Emily Kruger made a career high 11 saves.
24:43 Cal -- Mercik, Rachel (Onumonu, Ifeoma)
75:13 SCU -- Jackson, Sarah (unassisted)
California 11 (Kruger, Emily 11), Santa Clara 6 (Tostanoski, Andi 6)
Cal 4, St. Mary's 2
On the Pac-12 Networks, the Bears jumped out to a quick 2-0 half time lead before the Gaels stormed back to tie things up. By being at the right place at the right time, Cal's Sam Witteman added two more goals for a hat trick for the day to seal the win for the Bears. Cal remains a perfect 3-0 at home this year.
8:08 Cal -- Onumonu, Ifeoma (unassisted)
24:03 Cal -- Witteman, Samantha (Comeau, Taylor)
46:37 SMC -- Madrid, Melissa (Campos, Briana; Shimkus, Vicki)
61:54 SMC -- Madden, Melinda (unassisted)
75:25 Cal -- Witteman, Samantha (Comeau, Taylor)
80:12 Cal -- Witteman, Samantha (Daughetee, Genessee)
Saves: SMC 8 (SCHMIDT, Kaeli 8), California 0
Conference play begin this week with the Bears making a tough road trip to Utah on Friday. Bears will play one final non-conference match on Monday at San Francisco. Overall, the Pac12 conference should be quite strong in soccer yet again. Furd is ranked 2nd while UCLA 4th in the coaches' poll.
In what is supposed to be just a tune up, Cal Volleyball suffered another upset loss, this time at the hands of UC Davis.
UC Davis 3, Cal 1: 12-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-20
Bears were led by senior Adrienne Gehan's 19 kills and 16 digs. Freshman setter Alyssa Jensen also got to run the Cal offense for a set. From the listening to the game, it sounds like the Bears got away from the solid fundamentals displayed earlier in the season to allow UC Davis to get one of their best win in their program history.
With only one match this week, the Bears did get some extra rest this weekend, according to Diggin' It with Adrienne Gehan.
In case you missed it, check out my Volleyball conference play preview from last week.
Bears host Furd in the Big Spike tonight at 7:30 PM. The match is also on the Pac-12 Networks. Check back here for the gamethread as well as a quick preview.
After that, the Bears will host Arizona on Friday night at 8 PM. This match is also broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks (and we will have another gamethread).
Cal Field Hockey
Cal traveled down to the Farm for the first of the two (at least) annual Field Hockey contest between Cal and Stanfurd. While the Cal's goalie, Courtney Hendrickson made a career high in saves with 12, the result favored Furd (3-0 victory to Furd).
The match was broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks with the highlights below.
Cal Field Hockey next host Pacific on Friday night at 7 PM.
Cal Swimming and Diving
The Cal swimming teams participated in Cal Poly's King and Queen of the Pool competition where one swimmer of each sex is crowned for having the lowest combined time in in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free and 100 individual medley. The format is explained by Men's Head Coach Dave Durden in the video below, along with interviews with three time defending "King of the Pool", Marcin Tarczynski.
- For the men, a brand new King is crowned as freshman Ryan Murphy edged Tarczynski and Josh Prenot for the coveted title.
- A freshman also won the "Queen of the Pool" title, but it is probably not who you think. Celina Li's 4:43.10 edged Missy Franklin's 4:43.22 for the crown. Liz Pelton finished 3rd while defending champ Rachel Bootsma finished 4th.
Given the success of the Cal swimming program in recent years, the future sure look bright in the near future with freshmen winning these contests.
The Women travel up to Oregon State for a meet this Friday, while the Men participate in the Tiburon Mile swim.
Cal Men's Golf
Men's Golf participated in a tournament at St. Mary's earlier this week and it was basically no contest. Golden Bears came out on top by 30 strokes.
FINAL TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Cal (288-282-284 – 854, -10)
2. Oregon (297-293-294 – 884, +20)
3. San Diego (304-287-295 – 886, +22)
4. St. John’s (298-291-298 – 887, +23)
5. Saint Mary’s (294-294-301 – 889, +25)
While the top individual play went to a San Diego golfer, Cal's Michael Weaver was only a stroke behind.
FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
2. Michael Weaver 70-70-70 – 210 (-6)
3. Brandon Hagy 71-71-69 – 211 (-5)
T8. Michael Kim 78-68-72 – 218 (+2)
*T12. Pace Johnson 71-76-73 – 220 (+4)
T12. Shotaro Ban 69-73-78 – 220 (+4)
T34. Joël Stalter 78-73-73 – 224 (+8)
*Playing as an individual
The team travel to Ohio for the Jack Nicklaus Invitation on Sunday and Monday (hosted by Ohio State). Look for the Golden Bears to excel in an event bearing the name of the "Golden Bear".
Cal Men's Water Polo
Men's Water Polo hosted a huge tournament, the NorCal Invitational, with all the top teams in the nation.
Bears started out very strong with dominant wins over Air Force (17-8) and Long Beach State (15-10).
Bears will have plenty of opportunities to get revenge on UCLA and Furd later this year.
Bears play at Davis on Saturday before making their 2013 Pac-12 Networks debut on Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 AM when they host Pacific.
Cal Men's Tennis
Men's Tennis played in the Napa Valley Classic this past weekend.
Ben McLachlan then got to play in the Napa Valley Challenger but fell short.
The Golden Bears next compete in the ITA Men's All-American Championship that runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Tulsa, Okla., and in the Aggie Invitational from Oct. 4-6 at UC Davis.