This week's column is a little bit late (apologies for those looking for it on Friday), but better late than never.
Here is the schedule for today and into next week. Plenty of events taking place in Berkeley (or the surrounding area).
Another Soccer doubleheader is scheduled for Sunday when the women face Oregon State while the men take on Washington.
|M Tennis||UCSB Gaucho Classic|
|W Tennis||ITA Women's All-American Championships|
|M Tennis||ITA Men's All-American Championships|
|W Tennis||St. Mary's Invitational|
|Softball||Cal Fall Tournament: West Valley JC vs CSU Monterey Bay|
|M Water Polo||SoCal Tournament: UCLA|
|W Soccer||Oregon State|
|Softball||Cal Fall Tournament: CSU Monterey Bay|
|Softball||Cal Fall Tournament: West Valley JC|
|M Golf||Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Host: Cal)|
|M Golf||Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Host: Cal)|
|W Soccer||Santa Clara|
|W Swimming & Diving||Utah|
|M Swimming & Diving||Utah|
Cal Women's Soccer (8-3-2, 2-2-0 in Pac-12)
After being jinxed in my conference season preview post few weeks ago as the Fall Cal sport most likely to win their conference, the Cal Women's Soccer team suffered two close losses to open Pac-12 Play, on the road in Colorado (a double OT heartbreaker and then a 1-0 loss at Arizona).
From last weekend:
Cal 0, Arizona 1
Hitting the crossbar twice (particularly frustrating given the Bears hit the crossbar and the post the week before at Colorado), the potent Cal attack just couldn't break through at the Wildcats. A late 71st minute goal by Zona's Hannah Stevens was the difference.
Cal 1, Arizona State 0
This time, it was the Golden Bears with the late go-ahead goal. In the 78th minute, Sam Witteman got the game winner after a free kick. This was the 6th clean sheet for Cal goalie Emily Boyd. Bears finally picked up some points in the Pac-12 table in their 3rd Pac-12 match.
From this Friday:
Cal 3, Oregon 2
BEARS WIN! Arielle Ship with 2 goals and an assist as Cal wins its Pac-12 home opener, 3-2, against Oregon. pic.twitter.com/kH84KWgFXr— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWomensSoccer) October 9, 2015
Arielle Ship reminds us just how good of a season she is having by scoring a brace plus an assist to lead the Bears to a victory in their home Pac-12 opener.
This was the 3rd multi-goal match for Ship.
A summary of the goals from CalBears.com:
10:30, Oregon – Maryn Beutler (-) – High strike into the upper left corner
56:30, Cal – Arielle Ship (Kelly Fitzgerald) – Off free kick
75:33, Cal – Celeste Boureille (Indigo Gibson, Arielle Ship) – #2 and #10 fed #13 to left flank, shot into far corner
78:18, Cal – Arielle Ship (Celeste Boureille, Emma Fletcher) – #13 and #8 fed #10 on the left flank, sent far corner
84:21, Oregon – Marissa Everett (-) – Took deflection and dribbled into the ’12 for a strike
Possibly even better news for the Bears who are trying to make a move up the Pac-12 table, forward Ifeoma Onumonu is back on the pitch for the Bears for the first time since the USF match. When healthy, the former Pac-12 freshman of the year and first teamer is a huge asset for the Bears.
In case you missed it, Pac-12 released its All-Century Team and 4 former Golden Bears are honored.
Prior to Sunday's action, this is the current Pac-12 Women's Soccer Table:
|TEAMS||CONFERENCE||OVERALL||LAST GAME||NEXT GAME|
|Stanford||4-0-0||10-2-0||W3-0 ORST||VS 10/11|
|Washington State||3-1-0||10-2-0||W1-0 UTAH||@ 10/11Colorado Live Stream|
|USC||3-1-0||8-4-1||W2-1 ASU||VS 10/11Pac-12 Networks|
|Washington||2-1-1||9-2-2||T1-1 COLO||@ 10/11Pac-12 Networks|
|Arizona||2-2-0||8-3-1||L1-5 UCLA||@ 10/11Pac-12 Networks|
|California||2-2-0||8-3-2||W3-2 ORE||VS 10/11|
|UCLA||2-2-0||6-6-0||W5-1 ARIZ||VS 10/11Pac-12 Networks|
|Utah||2-2-0||5-5-3||L0-1 WSU||VS 10/11Pac-12 Networks|
|Colorado||1-2-1||7-4-2||T1-1 WASH||VS 10/11Colorado Live Stream|
|Oregon State||1-3-0||5-4-3||L0-3 STAN||@ 10/11|
|Oregon||1-3-1||4-8-0||L2-3 CAL||@ 10/11|
|Arizona State||0-4-0||4-7-0||L1-2 USC||@ 10/11Pac-12 Networks|
Somehow, this weekends' matches are NOT on the Pac-12 Networks. After this weekend, however, all of the rest of the Bears' regular season matches will be televised.
Cal Men's Soccer (5-3-1, 0-1-1 in the Pac-12)
Bears opened Pac-12 play last weekend by hosting the home leg of the Bay Area Derby against Stanford. After opening the match strong but not able to take advantage of those quality chances, the Bears suffered a 2-1 loss to the 3rd ranked Cardinal.
On Friday, the Bears bounced back with a 2-2 draw with No.16 Oregon State. Bears actually had a 2-1 lead at the half in this one. A pair of freshmen, Spencer Held and Samuel Ebstein scored the goals.
Cal Field Hockey (8-4, 3-0 in American East)
The might Cal Field Hockey road warriors are doing well in their "home" matches at Davis (last weekend) and Stockton (so far this weekend).
Cal 1, UC Davis 0
Freshman Melina Moore scored her 5th goal of the season while goalie Kor Griswold posted her first career clean sheet for the Bears.
Check out the Cal Field Hockey team signs Fight for California after this win.
Cal 2, UM-Lowell 0
Cal keeper Griswold enjoyed posting a shutout so much that she did it again yesterday, when the Bears defeated UM-Lowell in a conference match at Stockton.
Marie Lanckneus and Alie Zimmer had the goals for the Golden Bears.
Bears will look to protect their perfect 3-0 record in American East (including that one huge win over Stanford already) this afternoon when they take on Pacific. Bears will then face Stanford again next Sunday.
American East championship is coming up in a month in Albany, NY. Let's hear what the Albany and New Hampshire coaches have to say about the addition of Cal, Stanford, UC Davis, and Pacific to the American East conference this year.
Cal Volleyball (6-10, 0-5 in Pac-12)
The tough Pac-12 schedule is unrelenting for the Cal Golden Bears who are not playing as bad as their record has indicated.
Sadly after a 3-1 loss at No.14 Arizona last Friday, the Bears have been swept 3-0 by No.6 Arizona State (last Sunday) and then No.25 Oregon (this past Friday).
Bears have managed to only won two games in Pac-12 play so far through 5 matches, but they have stayed very close in many other games.
Despite having played some alto saxophone in middle and high school, I was never a member of the Cal Band. This is a cool tradition though for Cal Volleyball to hang out with the Cal Band for a night every year.
Cal Men's Water Polo (14-2)
Bears opened MPSF play with a a 12-8 win over No.6 UC Santa Barbara. The match was tied going into the final 8 minutes before the Bears pulled away.
This weekend, the Bears opened SoCal Tournament yesterday with two wins, include a OT thriller of Pacific. Bears first took care of Loyola Marymount 17-7 before needing a late goal from freshman Johnny Hooper with 13 seconds left for the victory.
Bears will take on UCLA first today. There are actually live video stream for today's action.
A special treat for fans today: live video! http://t.co/qlPzMXJwkh— Cal Water Polo (@CalWaterPolo) October 11, 2015
Cal Men's Swimming
The 2015-16 season started on Friday for the Cal Golden Bears, a perennial contender for the National Championships. Here is a video preview:
Bears took care of business 142-106 against Pacific. Freshman Nick Norman and Andrew Seliskar had a fine introduction in their collegiate debuts for the Bears.
Cal Women's Swimming
The Cal women's swimming team also opened their dual meet season but on the road at Washington State.
Bears easily took care of business 299.5-131.5 (these early meets are really the Bears racing one another and time).
In case you missed it, the Bears received their national championship rings last weekend. These rings actually look fairly subtle compare to the ones that the Cal Men's Swimming team got recently.
Cal tennis players are involved in early season tournament actions as individuals. They are also busy in the classroom like senior Lynn Chi, who played in the NCAA singles national championship title match two years ago.
Cal Rugby opened their fall 7s season this weekend. To the surprise of no one, the Bears were victorious.
RECAP: Bears Win West Coast 7s http://t.co/lD4VEARoZz— Cal Varsity Rugby (@CalVarsityRugby) October 11, 2015
The 4 victories that the Bears recorded were 28-7 over Grand Canyon University, 31-7 over Santa Barbara City College, 29-14 over UC Davis, and 53-0 over Arizona State in the Cup Final.
The Bears were also honored last weekend for three-peating as collegiate rugby 7s national champions in the Cal National Championship Week celebration.