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Golden Medals: Men's Soccer beats No.2 UCLA; Top male swimmer of '15 class commits to Cal

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Big weekend of wins for Men's Soccer as they defeated No.2 UCLA and then San Diego State. Men's Swimming gets commit from top '15 swimmer in Andrew Seliskar. Men's Water Polo finishes 2nd at SoCal tournament to rise to No.2 in the country.

Does the Cal Men's Swimming just got the next Tom Shields in Andrew Seliskar?
Does the Cal Men's Swimming just got the next Tom Shields in Andrew Seliskar?
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Upcoming Schedule

Bears will look to start this weekend in victorious form when Men's Swimming hosts Hawaii in the first home meet of the season today at noon. Cal Women's Soccer will play host to Utah at 2 PM PT on the Pac-12 Bay Area/Mountain. Another Cal-Utah matchup will be tonight's Cal Volleyball attempt to get their first Pac-12 match win on the year.

Since yours truly will be back in the Bay Area for almost a week starting tomorrow, I will be hi-jacking the Golden Blog twitter feed (I know , I really should join the twitter-verse) to provide some live updates from a few Cal events that I am planning to drop in at.

The highlight may be Monday night when I'm planning to be down at The Farm to see the Cal Men's Soccer to #Drop3 (or more) goals against 'Furd in the away leg of the Bay Area Derby. That match at 7 pm PT will also be broadcasted live on the Pac-12 Networks.

In terms of live events, I am planning to stop by the Cal Women's Swimming meet against Oregon State and BYU on Thursday at noon. I should also take a look at the Cal Baseball alumni game schedule for Sunday and possible a little bit of the Cal Softball fall games also on Sunday afternoon.

Also on deck for this weekend, a big Men's Water Polo showdown between the newly minted No.2 Cal against No.4 UCLA (who were just ranked No.1 in the country prior to their 4th place finish at the SoCal Tournament last weekend). That match at 10:30 AM (to fit before the football game) will also be broadcasted live on the Pac-12 Networks. Pac-12 Networks will also have coverage of Cal Volleyball's match at Colorado on Sunday afternoon and the home match against USC on Wednesday night.

Fri,
Oct 17
Women's Golf Stanford Intercollegiate Stanford, CA All Day Live Stats
Fri,
Oct 17
Men's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Fri,
Oct 17
Men's Swimming & Diving Hawai'i Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m.
Fri,
Oct 17
Women's Soccer Utah Berkeley, CA 2:00 p.m. Live Stats Twitter
Fri,
Oct 17
Volleyball Utah at Salt Lake City, UT 4:00 p.m. Live AudioLive Stats
Sat,
Oct 18
Women's Golf Stanford Intercollegiate Stanford, CA All Day Live Stats
Sat,
Oct 18
Men's Crew Head of the Charles Boston, MA All Day
Sat,
Oct 18
Men's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 18
Cross Country Bronco Invitational Santa Clara, CA 9:45 a.m.
Sat,
Oct 18
Cross Country Pre-NCAA Invitational Terre Huate, IN 10:00 a.m.
Sat,
Oct 18
Men's Water Polo UCLA Berkeley, CA 10:30 a.m.
Sat,
Oct 18
Field Hockey Louisville at Louisville, KY 11:00 a.m. Live Stats
Sat,
Oct 18
Football UCLA Berkeley, CA 12:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2/ESPN Deportes +TuneIn Radio
Sun,
Oct 19
Women's Golf Stanford Intercollegiate Stanford, CA All Day Live Stats
Sun,
Oct 19
Men's Golf Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (Host: Texas Tech) Orlando, FL All Day
Sun,
Oct 19
Men's Crew Head of the Charles Boston, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 19
Men's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 19
Field Hockey Boston College Louisville, KY 10:00 a.m. Live Stats
Sun,
Oct 19
Softball UC Davis vs Sacramento State Berkeley, CA 11:00 a.m.
Sun,
Oct 19
Volleyball Colorado at Boulder, CO 11:00 a.m. Live AudioLive Stats
Sun,
Oct 19
Softball Sacramento State Berkeley, CA 1:15 p.m.
Sun,
Oct 19
Softball UC Davis Berkeley, CA 3:30 p.m.
Mon,
Oct 20
Men's Golf Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (Host: Texas Tech) Orlando, FL All Day
Mon,
Oct 20
Men's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Mon,
Oct 20
Men's Soccer Stanford at Stanford, CA 7:00 p.m.
Tue,
Oct 21
Men's Tennis USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships Palo Alto, CA All Day
Tue,
Oct 21
Men's Golf Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (Host: Texas Tech) Orlando, FL All Day
Wed,
Oct 22
Volleyball USC Berkeley, CA 7:30 p.m. Live Stats
Thu,
Oct 23
Swim/Dive Oregon State Berkeley, CA 12:00 p.m.

Cal Men's Soccer (8-3-0, 2-2-0 in the Pac-12)

Cal Football is not the only ones lighting up the scoreboard this year, Cal Futbol (better known as Cal Men's Soccer) is leading the country in goals per game.

Bears are now averaging exactly 3 goals per match. Bears are also top in total goals scored at 33 and in total points (2 x Goals + Assists) with 103 points to lead the country.

So is #Drop3 a thing now for the Bears? Bears are a perfect 6-0 when they score at least 3 goals (although they needed a 4th one for the win just this past Sunday).

This deluge of goals for the Bears is a total team effort. Only one Golden Bears show up on the individual national ranking and that is two time Pac-12 Player of the Week in Connor Hallisey who is 3rd in points per game with exactly 2 and tied for 3rd and 4th in assists per game and total points, respectively. It is important to note that we are talking about NATIONAL rankings here not just in the Pac-12, so the numbers are skewed by some small Division 1 conferences where the level of play is nowhere as rigorous as the Pac-12.

The player of the week this week for the Bears? It's Paul Salcedo for his heroics in the 81st minute of the SDSU match to give the Bears a 4-3 win after he scored a goal in the UCLA match to give the Bears then a 2-0 lead (see below).

Cal 4, SDSU 3

Bears were ahead in this one AND got SDSU to play with just 10 men. Nevertheless, the cardiac Cal kids made things interesting by allowing a late equalizer to the 10 men Aztec team. That's when Paul Salcedo scored the game winner in the 81st minute to make it a perfect weekend at home for the Golden Bears.

Scoring 4 goals, of course, pushed the Bears' goals-per-game average to an even 3.0. The ONLY team in the nation to average that many goals.

1          2           F
SDSU               1          2          3
No. 22 Cal       3          1          4

Scoring Summary
SDSU – 10:43 Rhodes, Jeff (unassisted)
Cal – 20:22 Bonomo, Stefano (Thierjung, Christian and Hallisey, Connor)
Cal – 32:00 Jalali, Omid (Chasman, Matt and Vasquez, Eloi)
Cal – 35:04 Chasman, Matt (Vasquez, Eloi)
SDSU – 48:58 Baboyian, Kevin (unassisted)
SDSU – 75:21 Macias Casey (unassisted)
Cal – 80:45 Salcedo, Paul (Lima, Nick)

Cal 3, UCLA 2 (OT)

Similar to the first few games of the Cal Football season, this one saw the Bears jumped out to a lead and then not able to quite hold on. Nevertheless the Bears prevailed to get this much need win after a winless Pacific Northwest trip to open the year.

Since the match was on the Pac-12 Networks, here are the Cal Goals:

and of course, the game winning GOLDEN GOAL from Tierjung.

1  2 OT F
No. 2 UCLA    0  2  0  2
No. 22 Cal      1  1  1  3

Scoring Summary
Cal – 40:40 Bonomo, Stefano (Casiple, Seth)
Cal – 78:12 Salcedo, Paul (Lima, Nick and Casiple, Seth)
UCLA – 85:22 Ndjock, Larry (Adekoya, Seyi)
UCLA – 89:30 Javan Torre (unassisted)
Cal – 98:36 Thierjung, Christian (Oldham, Max)

We're nearing the halfway point of the conference play season with one more match before the official half. Bears are actually in a relatively decent position for the conference crown, although it is a very tough conference with UW and UCLA in the top 5 and Cal and Furd also in the top 25.

What particularly helped even things out was that a 10 men UCLA team was able to defeat No.1 UW this week. Bears still got both matches with Furd (Bay Area Derby) to go, starting with the away leg on Monday night. Bears will host UW and Oregon State, seeking revenge at home. Bears would then try to beat the Bruins and SDSU down in LA and SD, respectively later in the season.

Men's Soccer table

Teams Pts Conf Overall
WASHINGTON 7 2-1-1 9-2-1
STANFORD 7 2-1-1 7-2-1
UCLA 7 2-1-1 7-3-3
CALIFORNIA 6 2-2-0 8-3-0
OREGON STATE 4 1-2-1 8-4-1
SAN DIEGO STATE 3 1-3-0 7-6-0

Cal Swimming

Cal Men's Swimming is hosting a meet today.

The big news for Cal Men's Swimming this past week is the commitment of the No.1 ranked swimmer of the 2015 class to come to Berkeley.

From the SwimSwam article

The #1-ranked recruit in the high school class of 2015 has made his college decision. Andrew Seliskar from the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP) has verbally committed to the Cal Golden Bears.

Seliskar is another recruit in the class of 2015 who can’t be defined by a specialty because he’s so good in so many different places. In yards, his bests are:

  • 50 free – 20.06
  • 100 free – 44.38
  • 200 free – 1:35.17
  • 500 free – 4:18.97
  • 100 back – 46.89
  • 200 back – 1:42.23
  • 100 breast – 53.24
  • 200 breast – 1:52.21
  • 100 fly – 46.50
  • 200 fly – 1:42.55
  • 200 IM – 1:43.22
  • 400 IM – 3:41.19

Even for the defending NCAA Champions Cal, Seliskar will have a significant, noteworthy impact on Cal immediately as a freshman (much as Ryan Murphy did last season).

Seliskar is a big get for the Bears as Dave Durden continues to reload to keep the Cal swimming dynasty going. In Seliskar, the Bears are getting an all around swimmer who may fill many needs for the Bears, particularly in Breast (although SwimSwam commented that many of the newcomer this year are Breaststroke specialists). His high school time is already good enough for the NCAA A-Final of 200 Breast, 200 Fly, and 400 IM.

Someone in the comment section of the SwimSwam article foresee Seliskar as the next Ryan Lochte type. He is definitely a name that we may be discussing comes Calympics time in 2016.

So the expectation is that Seliskar will be instant impact as a freshman in much the same way as Ryan Murphy (who won two individual NCAA titles) was last year in playing a huge part to why the Bears were able to win the 2014 NCAA Team Championships.

Welcome to The Cal Family, Andrew.

On more swimming news, both Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin will be inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame along with several other Golden Bears great in other sports this Saturday. They will both be recognized during the Cal-UCLA Football game.

Cal Men's Water Polo (17-2, 2nd place finish at the SoCal Tournament last week)

Golden Bears are back on legit NCAA title contender. After beating USC earlier in the year in the NorCal Tournament 3rd place game, the Bears backed that up by doing one better to finish 2nd in the SoCal Tournament. Conceding a very late goal just before time expires, the Bears were edged in the championship match by USC. However, what was more impressive was how the Bears fare before the championship match

As expected, the Bear rolled over Whitter 16-3 to open the tourney. Against No.7 Long Beach State, the Bears rolled once again to a14-8 victory. Playing No.2 Stanfurd in the semifinal, the Bears basically stayed ahead or tied for the bulk of the match, winning via a 11-7 final score. On the Sunday late afternoon championship match, it was a back-and-forth affair with the USC Trojans coming out escaping with a 10-9 win.

No.2 Bears will host now No.4 UCLA tomorrow morning at Spieker in Berkeley (didn't realize the pool at UCLA also shares the same name).

GOAL ON YOU BEARS!

By the way, there is a very nice feature article on Cal goalie Jon Sibley on CalBears.com.

For Sibley, his career at Cal has been fraught with its share of adversity. The Lafayette native and first-team High School All-American out of Miramonte High School redshirted during his first season as a Golden Bear in 2010 – the same year Cal made its last appearance in the finals of the NCAA Water Polo National Championship. Sibley sat on the sidelines and watched as his team was edged by MPSF rival USC in overtime (12-10) at Spieker.

Eager and ready to play the following season, Sibley was forced to sit out, once again, after suffering severe pain in his right hip and eventually undergoing surgery.

"That was pretty tough, mentally," Sibley said. "I didn’t have a great attitude about it."

Cal Women's Soccer (10-4, 2-3 in the Pac-12)

Cal fans, we did it!

Here is the goal in question, if you missed it.

Of course, the Bears' 2-1 come from behind victory last Friday at USC wasn't complete until this other goal.

Bears rode the momentum of the big road win on Friday to face No.1 and defending NCAA Champs in UCLA on Monday night. Bears fought the Bruins to a scoreless first half.

Despite a career high in saves from goalie Emily Boyd and a valiant team defensive effort, the Bears eventually fell 3-0 to the Bruins to split the weekend SoCal trip.

Between the Men and the Women, Cal Soccer dominated the Top 12 play on the Pac-12 Networks.

With just one match on the weekend, the Bears will host Utah later today on Pac-12 Networks Regional.

Cal Field Hockey (7-5, 2-1 in NorPac)

While the Bears may be making news off the field in the Title IX lawsuit due to the lack of field, on the field, the Bears are having a fine season.

Bears took care of UC Davis 4-1 at Davis last Friday. Senior Lara Kruggel became only the 4th Golden Bears to surpass 100 points by scoring 2 goals.

Bears finished a season sweep of the UC Davis Aggies with this win.

Things again get really tough for the Bears as they travel to Kentucky this weekend for matches against a pair of top 20 opponents in No.7 Louisville and No. 20 Boston College.

Cal Volleyball (8-8, 0-6 in Pac-12)

Golden Bears are still searching for their first Pac-12 wins on the year. This weekend they take on the two historically worst teams in the Pac but will have to conquer the elevation difference.

Bears did snap a 11 set losing streak, when they won the first set at Arizona State. Unfortunately, the Bears dropped the next 3 sets to lose the match.

Cal Men's Golf

Last but not least for the week, Cal Men's Golf stormed back in the final round to win the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Tuesday.

The reloaded Cal Golf team overtook ASU in the final round and were led by freshman Sebastian Crampton.

FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Cal (279-272-288 – 839, -13)
2. Arizona State (271-278-292 – 841, -11)
3. Oregon State (274-278-292 – 844, -8)
4. UC Davis (275-283-291 – 849, -3)
5. Pepperdine (283-285-285 – 853, +1)
6. San Diego State (273-284-297 – 854, +2)
7. Colorado (277-282-296 – 855, +3)
8. Minnesota (280-286-294 – 860, +8)
9. Brigham Young (277-286-302 – 865, +13)
10. San Francisco (273-295-300 – 868, +16)
11. Washington State (279-288-303 – 870, +18)
12. Saint Mary’s (276-301-295 – 872, +20)
13. Michigan (285-289-299 – 873, +21)
14. Princeton (285-299-299 – 883, +31)
15. San Jose State (284-294-307 – 885, +33)
16. Hawai’i (281-300-307 – 888, +36)

FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds, 54 of 54 holes)
1. Max Rottluff (Arizona State) 68-66-70 – 204 (-9)

FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds, 54 of 54 holes)
3. Sebastian Crampton 68-66-73 – 207 (-6)
T6. Keelan Kilpatrick 72-69-69 – 210 (-3)
T11. KK Limbhasut 71-68-73 – 212 (-1)
T15. Cameron Shaw 70-70-73 – 213 (E)
T35. Walker Huddy 70-69-79 – 218 (+5)

GO BEARS!