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Golden Medals: Cal beats Pacific in 3 sports

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In this past week, Cal was able to beat Pacific in Men's Water Polo, Men's Swimming, and Field Hockey. Let's just ignore all other Cal contests for the week though.

Men's Water Polo was one of 3 teams to defeat Pacific last week
Men's Water Polo was one of 3 teams to defeat Pacific last week
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Coming up this weekend in Cal Olympic Sports

Outside of Cal Men's Soccer hosting UCLA and then San Diego State on Sunday, the bulk of the Cal teams are on the road this weekend. Cal Women's Soccer are visiting the LA schools with a match at USC today at noon (on the Pac-12 Networks). Bears will then take on UCLA on Monday night.

Cal Volleyball's 2nd match of the week is tonight at ASU. Bears will be looking to get their first Pac-12 win of the season against a ranked Sun Devil squad. This match is streamed for free via Pac-12 Digital.

No.3 Cal Men's Water Polo will look to defend their ranking and possibly improve it at the SoCal tournament this weekend that basically pit the best of Men's Water Polo in one tournament (before the regular season ending MPSF tournament).

Cal Rugby plays the first of 3 Sevens tournament that they will participate in this fall. They will do so down at Cal Poly.

On the exhibition front, Cal Softball will be hosting some fall exhibition games on Sunday. These games are free to attend.

Fri,
Oct 10
Women's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day Live Stream
Fri,
Oct 10
Men's Tennis UCSB Gaucho Classic at Santa Barbara, CA All Day
Fri,
Oct 10
Men's Tennis Battle of the Bay San Francisco, CA All Day
Fri,
Oct 10
Women's Soccer USC at Los Angeles, CA 12:00 p.m. Twitter
Fri,
Oct 10
Men's Soccer UCLA Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m. Live Stats
Fri,
Oct 10
Field Hockey UC Davis at Davis, CA 3:00 p.m. Live Stats
Fri,
Oct 10
Volleyball Arizona State at Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. Live Stream Live AudioLive Event
Sat,
Oct 11
Men's Water Polo SoCal Tournament at Los Angeles, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 11
Women's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 11
Men's Tennis Battle of the Bay San Francisco, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 11
Men's Tennis UCSB Gaucho Classic Santa Barbara, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 11
Men's Water Polo SoCal Tournament: Game 2 Los Angeles, CA TBA
Sat,
Oct 11
Men's Water Polo SoCal Tournament: Whittier Los Angeles, CA 10:50 a.m.
Sat,
Oct 11
Rugby West Coast Sevens: San Jose State San Luis Obispo, CA 11:20 a.m.
Sat,
Oct 11
Rugby West Coast Sevens: Arizona San Luis Obispo, CA 12:40 p.m.
Sat,
Oct 11
Football Washington Berkeley, CA 3:00 p.m. TuneIn Radio
Sat,
Oct 11
Rugby West Coast Sevens: Championship Final San Luis Obispo, CA 3:40 p.m.
Sat,
Oct 11
Rugby West Coast Sevens: Semifinal San Luis Obispo, CA TBA
Sun,
Oct 12
Men's Tennis UCSB Gaucho Classic Santa Barbara, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 12
Men's Tennis Battle of the Bay San Francisco, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 12
Women's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 12
Men's Water Polo SoCal Tournament at Los Angeles, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 12
Men's Water Polo SoCal Tournament: Game 3 Los Angeles, CA TBA
Sun,
Oct 12
Men's Water Polo SoCal Tournament: Game 4 Los Angeles, CA TBA
Sun,
Oct 12
Softball CSU Monterey Bay vs West Valley JC Berkeley, CA 11:00 a.m.
Sun,
Oct 12
Softball CSU Monterey Bay Berkeley, CA 1:15 p.m.
Sun,
Oct 12
Men's Soccer San Diego State Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m. Live Stats
Sun,
Oct 12
Softball West Valley JC Berkeley, CA 3:30 p.m.
Mon,
Oct 13
Women's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Mon,
Oct 13
Men's Golf Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Host: Cal) Fairfax, CA 8:15 a.m. Live Stats
Mon,
Oct 13
Men's Tennis Danish National Team (at Berkeley Tennis Club) Berkeley, CA 5:00 p.m.
Mon,
Oct 13
Women's Soccer UCLA at Los Angeles, CA 7:00 p.m. Live Stats Twitter
Tue,
Oct 14
Women's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Tue,
Oct 14
Men's Golf Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Host: Cal) Fairfax, CA 7:45 a.m. Live Stats

Cal Men's Water Polo (14-1, 1-0 in MPSF)

Cal 17, Pacific 14

No.3 Cal Bears was able to win their MPSF opener last weekend at Pacific. From CalBears.com:

The match was a tough fight, and with a few different Bears with two ejections each, the strength of the bench proved strong. Senior goalie Jon Sibley and sophomore Lazar Andric split time in the goal to hold down the defense, recording a combined total of nine saves. Senior Luka Ivanovic added two goals, with six other Bears contributing single goals. Saponjic and freshman Conor Neuman lead the team in assists with three each; Cupido led with three steals, and five different Bears came up big with shot-blocks to help hold onto a lead for the entire game.

Bears will play in the SoCal Invitational this weekend before hosting UCLA next Saturday morning at 10:30 AM (on the Pac-12 Networks) before the Football contest later that day.

Cal Men's Swimming

Cal 173, Pacific 83

Our defending NCAA champs Cal Bears were able to easily defeat the Pacific Tigers in a dual meet. Bears were lead by Long Gutierrez and Hunter Cobleigh who each won two events.

Gutierrez, from Cottonwood, Utah, placed first in both the 100 fly (49.82) and the 1000 free (9:24.73), while Cobleigh from Thousand Oaks, captured the 100 (57.27) and 200 breast (2:04.86).

Cal Field Hockey (6-5, 1-1 in NorPac)

Cal 2, Pacific 1

Coming off a top 3 match stretch against ranked opponents (No.8 Furd, No.5 Duke, No.16 Wake Forest), the Bears are back to their winning ways.

From CalBears.com:

The Bears (6-5, 1-1 NorPac) went on top with a first half goal by defender Clara Goni in the 25th minute before tallying the eventual game-winner in the 42nd minute with a score by Nicole Wallstedt. Senior Courtney Hendrickson picked up four saves in the win for the Golden Bears.

The Tigers (4-7, 1-1 NorPac) picked up their lone goal via a penalty stroke in the 54th minute.

Sadly the news are not so good for all the Cal Squad who did not have the privilege to face Pacific this past week.


Cal Men's Soccer (6-3-0, 0-2-0)

Bears' ranking fell from No.13 to No.22 after a horrific start to the Pac-12 play on the road.

Cal 2, Washington 3

Bears fell behind early in this one and had to play catchup. Bears scored the opening goal and the closing goal but conceded 3 goals to UW in between. UW senior Darwin Jones scored a brace with the go-ahead goal early in the 2nd half (55th minute). As the Bears pushed for the equalizer, they conceded another goal to Beau Blanchard at the 74th minute.

Bears got goals from:

Cal –  32:44 Bonomo, Stefano (Hallisey, Connor)

Cal –  86.29 Casiple, Seth (penalty)

Cal 2, Oregon State 6

Bears fell behind 2-0 but fought back to knot things up at 2-2, then Oregon State's senior Khiry Shelton and freshman Timmy Mueller took over (both of them got a hat trick in this one) and gave Oregon State their 1st Pac-12 win in over two years.

Cal goals were scored by

Cal –    53:47 Haberkorn, Trevor (Oldham, Max)
Cal –    58:06 Salcedo, Paul (Lima, Nick)

Bears will look to bounce back in a big way today when they host No.2 UCLA at Edwards Stadium. Nothing will wipe away the agony of defeat faster than a huge home win over the Bruins.

Cal Women's Soccer (9-3-0, 1-2-0 in Pac-12)

Coming off an easy road win over Colorado to open Pac-12 play, the Bears' bid for a conference title took a serious hit with two home losses to the Washington schools.

Bears lost 1-0 to the unbeaten Washington State team before falling 2-1 to Washington on a late go-ahead goal for the Huskies. Bears saw their ranking fall from No.12 to No.22.

Nevertheless, this weekend is the perfect scenario for a big bounce make with two tough road matches at the LA schools Bears will face USC today before taking on the top ranked UCLA squads (after they take on a top 5 Furd team first, Ed. Note: UCLA downed Furd 2-1 on Thursday night) on Monday. A huge road win over UCLA will easily erase the disappointment of last weekend.

pac-12 w. Soccer STANDINGS

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

Cal Volleyball (8-7, 0-5 in Pac-12)

It's been a tough week for the Bears, coming off pushing No.4 Washington to a 5 setter. The Bears were up 2 sets to 1 in that match and has since lost the next 11 sets. Bears were swept at home by an improved Oregon State team and then lost to a top 25 ranked Oregon squad. Bears then traveled to Arizona to lose in straight sets to a ranked Wildcat team. Bears will look to break the losing streak at the ranked Arizona State team tonight.

In short, Bears just haven't found enough consistency where everything clicks. They have shown glimpse of their potential at times with hitting, passing, defending but just not enough to sustain it for a full set in recent weeks. Nevertheless, I suspect some ranked teams may overlook the Bears to allow us to get a much needed upset victory to turn the year around.

Cal Women's Swimming

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Not even a strong current can keep the Bears from their Gator ❤️

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Bears traveled to Florida for the first time in program history to compete in the All-Florida Invite, hosted by UF Gators. Overall, the Bears had a good showing but was only able to place 2nd to Florida, 861 to 957 points (UPDATE: apparently the UF edge came from diving, h/t to CGB reader, rollon...maybe this is the opportune time to note that Cal Aquatic is raising money to fund a new aquatic center that will include a high platform for diving since current divers have to travel down to The Farm for training currently). It's hard to read too much into any result this early in the season. However, last year, the Bears had all the attention and pressure from being ranked No.1 in the country and all the extra eyes to see Missy Franklin, Bears may have spent too much energy in defending their ranking early on the year and not peak at the NCAA's where the Bears finished 3rd (behind champ in Georgia and even 'Furd).

All in all, Franklin and Li each won 2 events, while Naze, Pelton, and Garcia each won 1. Bears was only able to win 1 relay (800 free relay) while placing 2nd in the other 4 which was probably why Florida was able to win the meet.

All Florida Invitational
Day 1 Cal Results
200 free relay – 2. Kaylin Bing, Rachael Acker, Rachel Bootsma, Farida Osman 1:32.02
500 free – 2. Cierra Runge 4:50.38; 4. Elizabeth Pelton 4:54.24; 10. Catherine Breed 4:52.13
200 IM – 1. Celina Li 1:58.81; 2. Elizabeth Pelton 1:59.03; 9. Missy Franklin 1:59.43
50 free – 5. Missy Franklin 23.20; 6. Farida Osman 23.33; 9. Kaylin Bing 23.41
400 medley relay – 2. Rachel Bootsma, Marina Garcia, Noemie Thomas, Caroline Piehl 3:42.70

Day 2 Cal Results
200 medley relay – 2. Rachel Bootsma, Marina Garcia, Noemie Thomas, Farida Osman 1:41.46
400 IM – 1. Kelly Naze 4:17.80; 2. Elizabeth Pelton 4:18.66; 9. Celina Li 4:17.79
100 butterfly – 2. Noemie Thomas 53.82; 5. Jasmine Mau 55.66; 9. Farida Osman 54.57
200 freestyle – 1. Missy Franklin 1:46.37; 2. Camille Cheng 1:49.42; 9. Cierra Runge 1:51.43
100 breaststroke – 4 Celina Li 1:04.84; 5. Marina Garcia 1:04.99; 11. Maija Roses 1:06.41
100 backstroke – 1. Missy Franklin 54.05; 2. 4. Melanie Klaren 55.35; 9. Elizabeth Pelton 54.91
800 free relay – 1. Caroline Piehl, Catherine Breed, Cierra Runge, Camille Cheng 7:20.65

Day 3 Cal Results
1650 free – 2. Cierra Runge 16:40.89; 5. Catherine Breed 17:08.11
200 back – 1. Elizabeth Pelton 1:54.23; 2. Missy Franklin 1:56.62; 9. Melanie Klaren 1:59.48
100 free – 3. Missy Franklin 49.87; 5. Elizabeth Pelton 50.99; 9. Rachael Acker 50.76
200 breast – 1. Marina Garcia 2:15.88; 2. Celina Li 2:18.72; 9. Maija Roses 2:20.28
200 fly – 1. Celina Li 1:58.38; 3. Noemie Thomas 2:01.45; 9. Jasmin Mau 2:00.92
400 free relay – 2. Camille Cheng, Rachael Acker, Rachel Bootsma, Farida Osman 3:21.63

Cal Rugby

Bears will head down to Cal Poly to play in the 1st of 3 fall 7s tournament. The first part of a series of Q&A with coach Jack Clark has also been published.

CalBears.com: Let’s move to Cal’s fall 7s season. The team will play in three tournaments: the West Coast Collegiate 7s on Oct. 11 at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, the Battle of the Bay Oct. 27-28 on Treasure Island and the PAC Sevens Championship Nov. 8-9 on Witter Rugby Field. What are your insights into the team’s preparations and approach?

Jack Clark: Generally speaking, we will use the first two tournaments as team development and put everything we have into winning the PAC Rugby Conference 7s championship, which will be difficult. The conference is stuffed with accomplished 7s teams. We will test-run the team in San Luis Obispo. Unfortunately, we are restricted to a roster of 15 at the West Coast event, as it would be good to give more players a whack. The competition on Treasure Island has 20-player rosters, so we can potentially use that event for development. It is difficult to try to win and develop the least-experienced players at the same time, so we’ll see how things fall into place, but I’m leaning toward spreading the playing time around at the second competition.

Then we have the responsibility of hosting our first 7s conference championship. We want to do a good job in doing so for all the PAC teams. We want the tournament to be a good experience for all the student-athletes. UCLA did a fine job as host previously and we want to add to what they achieved for the conference. So we will have one eye on our event management and other on trying to win the competition. It should be an exciting weekend.

Fall Camps for Cal Softball and Cal Baseball

Craving for some baseball because your favorite pro baseball team is already done for the year (hey, not all of us are Giants fans)? Cal Baseball will host an alumni game next Sunday at Evans Diamond at 1 pm. The admission to the game is free, and it is the perfect opportunities to check out the incoming freshmen to the squad. Golden Bears finished the season strong, despite again missing out on the postseason. They will look to continue that late season momentum through the fall and into the spring.

Cal Softball had a very tough season in trying to replace ace Jolene Henderson last year. It is fair to say that the Bears are still looking for a pitcher who is serviceable in the always very difficult Pac-12 play. Starting this Sunday, the Bears will be hosting some fall games, which are free to the public.

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Getting ready for Fall Ball with some team scrimmaging today

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Date Time Opponent
Sunday, Oct. 12 11 AM West Valley JC vs. 
Cal State Monterey Bay
1:15 PM Cal State Monterey Bay
3:30 PM West Valley
Sunday, Oct. 19 11 AM UC Davis vs.
Sacramento State
1:15 PM Sacramento State
3:30 PM UC Davis
Saturday, Nov. 1 1 PM Santa Clara
3:30 PM Santa Clara
Sunday, Nov. 2 1 PM San Francisco State
3:30 PM San Francisco State

GO BEARS!