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Golden Medals: Women's Soccer won Pac-12 Opener, Men's Soccer and Volleyball look for 1st conference win this weekend

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Conference plays have begun for all the fall sports, let's take a look at how the Golden Bears have fared so far. W. Soccer earned their 1st Pac-12 win while M. Soccer and Volleyball hope to do that this weekend.

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Following the catchier moniker of "Golden Nuggets" and "Golden Scholar", I'm rebranding the weekly non-revenue/Olympic sports post as "Golden Medals", since that is appropriately the ultimate goals or dream for many of our Olympic sports athletes. Even if Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse are not currently Olympic sports, they were in at one time in the Olympic.

Schedule:

  • Both of Volleyball's home matches this weekend will be streamed/televised. Tonight's OSU match is streamed for free on Pac-12 Digital. Sunday's Oregon match and next Wednesday's Arizona match are both on the Pac-12 Networks.
  • Men's Soccer vs. Oregon State on Sunday is on the Pac-12 Networks
  • Men's Water Polo match at Pacific tonight at 7pm will be streamed for free via the Pacific website
  • Women's Soccer hosts Washington State and Washington this weekend, but neither game is on TV nor streamed

Fri,
Oct 3
Swim/Dive All Florida Invitational at Gainesville, FL All Day
Fri,
Oct 3
Women's Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Fri,
Oct 3
Men's Tennis ITA Men's All-American Championships Tulsa, OK All Day Live Stats
Fri,
Oct 3
Women's Soccer Washington State Berkeley, CA 3:30 p.m. Twitter
Fri,
Oct 3
Men's Water Polo Pacific * at Stockton, CA 7:00 p.m.
Fri,
Oct 3
Volleyball Oregon State Berkeley, CA 7:00 p.m. Live Event Live Stats
Sat,
Oct 4
Women's Golf Schooner Fall Classic Norman, OK All Day Live Stats
Sat,
Oct 4
Swim/Dive All Florida Invitational at Gainesville, FL All Day
Sat,
Oct 4
Women's Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 4
Men's Tennis UC Davis Aggie Invitational Davis, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 4
Football Washington State at Pullman, WA 7:30 p.m. TuneIn Radio
Sun,
Oct 5
Women's Golf Schooner Fall Classic Norman, OK All Day Live Stats
Sun,
Oct 5
Swim/Dive All Florida Invitational at Gainesville, FL All Day
Sun,
Oct 5
Women's Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 5
Men's Tennis ITA Men's All-American Championships Tulsa, OK All Day
Sun,
Oct 5
Men's Tennis UC Davis Aggie Invitational Davis, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 5
Volleyball Oregon Berkeley, CA 11:00 a.m. Live Stats
Sun,
Oct 5
Field Hockey Pacific at Stockton, CA 1:00 p.m.
Sun,
Oct 5
Women's Soccer Washington Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m. Live Stats Twitter
Sun,
Oct 5
Men's Soccer Oregon State at Corvalis, OR 3:00 p.m. Live Stats
Mon,
Oct 6
Women's Golf Schooner Fall Classic Norman, OK All Day Live Stats
Wed,
Oct 8
Men's Swimming & Diving Pacific at Stockton, CA 12:30 p.m.
Wed,
Oct 8
Volleyball Arizona at Tucson, AZ 7:30 p.m. Live AudioLive Stats

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

Cal won Pac-12 opener at Colorado, will host the Washington schools this weekend.

Golden Bears took care of business in Boulder right around the same time as the Cal-Colorado shootout in Berkeley on the gridiron.

Bears demonstrated their depth by having 4 different Bears tallying a goal. While Colorado made things slightly interesting after the Bears have jumped out to a 4-0 lead, this was as optimal way to open Pac-12 play as possible.

HEAD COACH NEIL MCGUIRE’S TAKE

On opening conference play with a win: A win on the road during Pac-12 competition is never easy to find, so we are very pleased with the win. At 4-0 we became complacent and as a result Colorado scored two terrific goals. We need to learn from that as games can change very quickly at this level. Colorado is a very good team so we are very happy.

GOLDEN BEAR GOALS

10' – Celeste Boureille (unassisted) - dribbled across front of net, tapped into left side

Boureille says: My first goal of the season started with a pass from left back Haley Lukas close to midfield. I beat a couple of players on the dribble and shot outside the 18 yard box with my right foot. The ball rolled into the lower left corner.

22' - Guro Bergsvand (assisted by Taylor Comeau) - Header off of a corner into the front of the net

Bergsvand says: We had a corner that Taylor served perfectly and I just headed it in!

35' - Kelly Fitzgerald (assisted by Indigo Gibson) - Crossed into the box from Gibson and headed in

Fitzgerald says: Indigo was playing right back and got the ball on the right side from about 30 yards out and crossed a perfect ball into the box. I made a run into the box and headed it into the goal.

65' - Karly Graf (assisted by Taylor Comeau and Lorin Hom) - Hom with corner kick to Comeau, then a short pass from Comeau to Graf. Graf rocketed into top left of net

Graf says: It was off of a corner kick. Taylor played me a ball right at the top of the box, and I cut to the left and shot the ball to the far post. I'm still in disbelief!

COLORADO GOALS

67’ – Brie Hooks (unassisted) – Shot from right side of the box and into the top left of the net

71’ – Tori Cooper (assisted by Joss Orejel) – Headed into the right side of the net off a corner

Bears finished their match in time to catch the exciting conclusion of the football game.

Cal Men's Soccer (7-2-0, 0-1-0 in Pac-12)

Bears' late rally fall short, loses 3-2 at No.5 Washington.

For more information on this match, you can find that in my article here.

Last Friday, Bears wrapped the non-conference part of the schedule by routing Santa Clara 4-0.

Bears will try to bounce back on Sunday when they face Oregon State at Corvallis.

Cal Volleyball (8-4, 0-2 in Pac-12)

Opening conference play against the No.1 and No.4 teams in the country in Stanfurd and Washington, respectively, the Golden Bears suffered two losses. While almost winning a set off Stanfurd on the road maybe moral victory, the 5 set loss to Washington in Berkeley last Sunday was rather painful despite clearly showing that the Bears may be a factor in the best volleyball conference in the country.

Washington 3, Cal 2 (18-25, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 15-7)

Cal's senior opposite Christina Higgins joined the rather exclusive club of just 16 members when she picked up her 1000th kill on Sunday, a part of 17 for the match. From CalBears.com:

Higgins had 17 kills and junior opposite hitter Lara Vukasovicadded 11 kills and three blocks for the Bears (8-4, 0-2 Pac-12), who played their second top-5 opponent in the past four days.

Sophomore libero Maddy Kerr had 23 digs and junior middle blocker Lillian Schonewise added 10 kills and five blocks. Freshman outside hitter Ashten Smith-Gooden also had 10 kills.

The Bears (8-4, 0-2) erased a 5-1 deficit in the first set, eventually tying it at 11-11. With the score tied 17-17, Cal scored five points in a row to take control.

After dropping the second set, the Bears came out strong in the third set and maintained a comfortable cushion throughout. They ultimately held a 20-12 advantage, and after establishing set point at 24-19, the Huskies (13-0, 2-0) scored three in a row to cut it to 24-22 and force a Cal timeout. But Higgins came up with a kill to close it out and give the Bears a 2 sets to 1 lead.

Cal jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the fourth set, but Washington scored six of the next seven points to lead 9-7. The Bears were still as close as 22-20, but the Huskies notched two in a row and ultimately closed out the set.

Washington raced out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth set and cruised to the victory.

Bears also got honored as "Team of the Week" at the Football game last week.

We also get to know one of the new freshman starter, Christina Alftin much better via this video Q&A.

Like the men's soccer team, volleyball has a decent chance in picking up their first conference win of the season this weekend against Oregon State. Bears will also face the ranked Oregon squad on Sunday.

pac-12 volleyball STANDINGS

Teams Conf Overall
WASHINGTON 3-0 14-0
OREGON 2-0 12-0
STANFORD 2-0 12-0
ARIZONA 2-0 13-1
OREGON STATE 1-1 11-2
ARIZONA STATE 1-1 11-3
UCLA 1-1 10-3
COLORADO 1-1 9-5
UTAH 0-2 10-3
CALIFORNIA 0-2 8-4
WASHINGTON STATE 0-2 9-5
USC 0-3 7-6

Cal Men's Water Polo (13-1)

After dominating a bunch of lesser team at UC Davis last weekend, the 3rd ranked Bears open conference play at Pacific tonight. Bears took care of business by winning 17-7, 24-3, 17-0, and 15-8 against a bunch of small water polo school in Cal Baptist, Whittier, Occidental, and Chapman. I don't know why these matches are scheduled (to the benefit of the smaller schools?) but the real test start this weekend against a Pacific squad that was very good last year.


Cal Field Hockey (5-5)

The major news from Field Hockey is this possible Title IX lawsuit with their next year's field situation still in flux.

On the field (that is not in Berkeley), the team suffered two losses on their North Carolina trip last week. Bears suffered their first shutout of the season with a 2-0 loss to No.5 Duke. Bears then got edged 2-1 at No.16 Wake Forest.

Andrea Earle got the lone goal for the Bears last week.

Field Hockey will stay in California by facing Pacific and UC Davis (rematch as the Bears won 5-2 earlier this season) this weekend.

Cal Swimming

After taking part as a part of the Cal's celebration of last year's national championships, the Golden Bears swimmers are back to competition this week.

While the main swimming meets are in the Winter, the teams will start to compete against other teams (some dual meet, some competition with more schools) after the King and Queen of the Pool titles have been earned by Will Hamilton and Celina Li, respectively, a couple of weeks ago.

The Cal Women's Swimming squad is competing in the state of Florida for the first time in program history. They are competing at Florida against the Gators as well as Florida State, Miami, Villanova, North Carolina, and Florida Gulf Coast.

By the way, it's always great to see Missy Franklin raving about being a Golden Bear.

The Cal men will also compete soon, with a dual meet on the schedule for next Wednesday at Pacific.

GO BEARS!