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Cal Olympic Sports Recap: Season over for Women's Soccer, Postseason about to start for Men's Soccer

Women's Soccer season came to a close. Men's Soccer suffered a road loss to 'Furd, but still got the 4th overall seed. They will begin NCAA tournament this Sunday. Volleyball got an Oregon split. Men's Water Polo looks dominant in Big Splash tuneup. GO BEARS!

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, we took a look at the potential postseason scenario for various teams. A couple of things have cleared up as the Cal Women's Soccer team has completed their season. The draw for the Men has also been announced earlier today as with the 4th overall seed, the Bears get to host matches all the way until the final four at the College Cup (this year at PPL Park near Philadelphia, PA)

Cal Women's Soccer

NCAA First Round Result: Cal 1, Santa Clara 2

Cal senior goalie Emily Kruger set a new Cal record for saves, now at 279, but the Bears' season end on a tough loss to Santa Clara at Santa Clara on Saturday. Bears and the Broncos played to an 1-1 tie earlier in the season, but Bears found themselves in a whole down 1-0 at the half after allowing only the 3rd first half goal all season. Bears were able to get an equalizer but a defensive miscue led to a Bronco breakaway that Kruger was not able to make the save.


21:45 Santa Clara -- BIRGEL, Aly (JOHNSTON, Julie)

47:24 Cal -- Lawson, Emi (Mercik, Rachel)

69:09 Santa Clara -- HUERTA, Sofia (AMBROSE, Brittany)


California 6 (Kruger, Emily 6), Santa Clara 6 (TOSTANOSKI, Andi 6)

While the Bears will lose some key players in goalie Emily Kruger, senior defender Emi Lawson, forward Rachel Mercik, and midfielder Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, coach Neil McGuire's team should be back in the mix for both the Pac-12 title and a longer NCAA tournament run next year, as they have consistently made the NCAA tournament.

Cal Men's Soccer (12-3-2, 3rd in the Pac-12)

Big news from earlier today is that the Bears have gotten a 4th seed and relatively favorable draw. Read more about the draw here. Bears basically lost the conference title when they lost at Washington 2-1 in OT. Still, the Bears may have been able to put some pressure on the Huskies had the Bears been able to beat 'Furd again in the away leg of the Bay Area Derby.

With the 'Furd team needing a victory to secure a NCAA tournament berth (not unlike what the Cal women had to do in their last regular season match with 'Furd), Bears fell 2-1 in OT to only finish 3rd in the conference (where 4 teams made the NCAA tournament and were ranked amongst the top 4 in the country).

Men's Soccer Final STANDINGS

Teams Pts Conf Overall
WASHINGTON 23 7-1-2 14-1-4
UCLA 21 6-1-3 11-3-4
CALIFORNIA 19 6-2-1 12-3-2
STANFORD 11 3-5-2 9-6-3
SAN DIEGO STATE 8 2-6-2 6-11-3
OREGON STATE 2 0-7-2 7-10-2

Up Next: The Bears will start their road to the College Cup when they host the winner of Northwestern/Bradley in the NCAA 2nd round game on Sunday at 1:30 pm PT. Cal Men's Soccer is working hard to get a video stream of that match up, we will let you know how to follow that match in the gamethread.

Cal Volleyball (17-8, 10-6 in the Pac-12)

Volleyball made the Oregon trip last week where they played on back-to-back days against Oregon State and Oregon. After a little bit of struggle against the winless in the conference Beavers of Oregon State, the Bears eventually beat them in 4 sets. Against the Oregon Ducks (who were the national runner-up last year), the Bears got swept in 3 sets, unfortunately. With the Oregon split, the Bears dropped a few spot in the RPI to now ranked 28th. In the coaches' poll, the Bears also fell 3 spots from 20th to 23rd.

Volleyball STANDINGS

Teams Conf Overall
WASHINGTON 15-1 23-1
STANFORD 13-3 20-5
USC 12-4 22-5
CALIFORNIA 10-6 17-8
ARIZONA 9-7 19-9
OREGON 8-8 15-11
COLORADO 7-9 15-11
UTAH 7-9 18-10
ARIZONA STATE 6-10 17-11
UCLA 5-11 14-12
OREGON STATE 0-16 9-18

Up Next: If you are a glass half full person, you would see Friday's home match against No.3 Washington as an opportunity to make a big move RPI-wise. Washington is the conference leading squad that is looking to clinch the Pac-12 title this weekend with two week left. After Washington, Wazzu plays later in the weekend. In the next and last week, the Bears will travel to Arizona State (first meeting of the season) and 'Furd to finish the regular season. While the Bears' place in the NCAA tournament is pretty secure, a 3-1 or better finish should put the Bears in a more favorable bracket placement scenario.

Cal Men's Water Polo (16-6, 4-3 MPSF for 5th)

The Men's Water Polo is ready for the Big Splash on Saturday after two easy home wins over Santa Clara 11-4 and UC Irvine 17-4 on Senior Day.

Cal 11, Santa Clara 4

Santa Clara 0 2 0 2 – 4

California 1 3 2 5 – 11

Santa Clara: David Guibord, Tucker Carlson, Jimmy Moore, Theo Nasser.

Cal: Aleksa Saponjic 2, Chandler Jarrels-Stickney 2, Colin Mulcahy, Hunter Gettelfinger, Farrel South, Thomas Agramonte, Graham Nesbit, Scott Siegel, Giacomo Cupido.

Saves: Matt Pritchett (Santa Clara) 15; Michael Boggan (Cal) 10, Peter O’Laughlin 3.

Cal 17, UC Irvine 4

UC Irvine 1 3 0 0 – 4

California 2 5 4 6 – 17

UC Irvine: Bojan Hrlec 2, Jared Osborn, Pablo Carbello.

Cal: Colin Mulcahy 4, Aleksa Saponjic 3, Hunter Gettelfinger 3, Giacomo Cupido 3, Collin Smith 3, Scott Siegel.

Saves: Dylan Peterson (UC Irvine) 8; Michael Boggan (Cal) 9, Peter O’Laughlin 1.

With both of those matches on the Pac-12 Networks, here are the post match interviews with seniors Hunter Gettelfinger (after Santa Clara win) and Collin Smith (after UC Irvine win).

Up next for the Bears is the Big Splash. Bears have faced 'Furd twice already (and lost) in tournament plays. This match, before the Big Game also at Palo Alto (the time has finally be announced as 10 AM on Saturday), is for the bragging rights as well as the much needed momentum into the MPSF tournament that the Bears need to win to advance to the 4-team NCAA tournament.

From the MPSF website:

CALIFORNIA (16-6 Overall, 4-3 MPSF) defeated Santa Clara 11-4, and UC Irvine 17-4, at home this past week. Cal used a 10-0 second-half run to put it away vs. UCI, as Colin Mulcahy scored four goals in that game. Michael Boggan accumulated 19 saves through the two wins. The Bears conclude their regular season at Stanford Saturday. Regardless of that outcome, they will then be seeded fifth in the MPSF Tournament, taking on the to be determined four seed at 3 pm on Nov. 29 quarterfinal action.

The No.5 Bears would likely have to beat 3 of the top 4 teams ('Furd, UCLA, USC, and Pacific) in the country during the MPSF Tournament for the automatic NCAA berth. Given how the team is 0-6 against those teams, a weekend win over 'Furd in the Big Splash should do wonders for the Bears' confidence.

Cal Cross Country

Cross country does not make a good spectator sports, in my opinion, so I may have slighted them during the season. Both the men and women competed in the NCAA West regional two weeks ago, the men finished 12th out of 30 teams and the women finished 13th.

The only Cal runner to advance to the NCAA Championship this weekend (in Terre Haute, Indiana) is junior Kelsey Santisteban. Here is a feature on her.

Cal Women's Swimming

The rich gets richer as Cal Women's Swimming added yet another impressive class. With 4 of the best backstrokes in the world already on the team in Missy Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, Liz Pelton, and Cindy Tran, the Bears added 5 swimmers who specializes in Free, Breast, and Fly to round up the team. Learn more about these newcomers in the following video.


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