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Golden Medals: Bethan Knights wins big Cross Country race and Men's Water Polo rolls to 4 wins at Aggie Roundup

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Yes, I am leading this week with some Cal Cross Country news. We also take one more look back at all the National Championships won by Cal in the 2014-15 school year.

Sophomore Bethan Knights of Cal Cross Country took 1st place at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota
Sophomore Bethan Knights of Cal Cross Country took 1st place at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota
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Another busy week of Cal Olympics sports action is upon us. If you are back in Berkeley for homecoming this Saturday and won't leave until Monday, go support Cal Men's Soccer against Stanford. It should be a fun and exciting match that will go a long way toward who will win the Pac-12 conference in Men's Soccer in 2015.

Schedule:

The home leg of the "Bay Area Derby" is this Sunday at 4 pm as Cal Men's Soccer opens their conference season. The match will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks and we will have an open thread here for that match. I certainly wouldn't mind if Stanford's Jordan Morris still has UWMNT duty and has to miss this match.

Cal Women's Soccer are on the road in Arizona this weekend, the same as Cal Volleyball. Women's Soccer's matches will be streamed online. Volleyball matches are on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cal Field Hockey are "home" again this weekend after another East Coast trip. They will play UC Davis at Davis (for all the Cal fans who are willing to travel a bit to cheer on our road warriors).

Cal Men's Water Polo opens MPSF play, officially, although they have already faced many of the MPSF teams in tournaments already. Bears will open at UC Santa Barbara.

Fri,
Oct 2
W Soccer Arizona at Tucson, AZ 7:00 p.m. Arizona Live Stream-2
Fri,
Oct 2
Volleyball Arizona at Tucson, AZ 8:00 p.m. Live AudioLive Stats
Sat,
Oct 3
M Tennis UC Davis Aggie Invitational Davis, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 3
M Tennis Tiburon Challenger Tiburon, CA All Day
Sat,
Oct 3
W Tennis Cal Nike Invitational Berkeley, CA All Day Live Stream
Sat,
Oct 3
M Water Polo UC Santa Barbara at Santa Barbara, CA 12:00 p.m.
Sat,
Oct 3
Football Washington State Berkeley, CA 1:00 p.m. Live Event Live Stats
Sat,
Oct 3
Cross Country Sacramento State Cross Country Jamboree Sacramento, CA TBA
Sun,
Oct 4
M Tennis UC Davis Aggie Invitational Davis, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 4
W Tennis Cal Nike Invitational Berkeley, CA All Day Live Stream
Sun,
Oct 4
M Tennis Tiburon Challenger Tiburon, CA All Day
Sun,
Oct 4
Field Hockey UC Davis Davis, CA 1:00 p.m.
Sun,
Oct 4
W Soccer Arizona State at Tempe, AZ 1:00 p.m. ASU Live Stream Live Event
Sun,
Oct 4
Volleyball Arizona State at Tempe, AZ 1:30 p.m. Live Audio
Sun,
Oct 4
M Soccer Stanford Berkeley, CA 4:00 p.m. Live Stats
Mon,
Oct 5
M Golf Nick Watney Invitational (Host: Fresno State) Fresno, CA All Day
Mon,
Oct 5
W Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Tue,
Oct 6
W Golf Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Sammamish, WA All Day
Tue,
Oct 6
M Golf Nick Watney Invitational (Host: Fresno State) Fresno, CA All Day
Tue,
Oct 6
W Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Wed,
Oct 7
W Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Wed,
Oct 7
W Golf Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational Sammamish, WA All Day
Thu,
Oct 8
W Tennis ITA Women's All-American Championships Los Angeles, CA All Day
Thu,
Oct 8
M Tennis ITA Men's All-American Championships Tulsa, OK All Day

National Championship Week:

Cal is celebrating all of the National Championships won in the last school years. The highlight of which has got to be the two team championships won by Cal Women's Swimming and Diving and Cal Rugby 7's (two events that yours truly was present for...making these championships that much more special...only the 3rd and 4th ones that I have seen in person and they never gets old).

Below are links to my coverage of these national championship titles

Cal Women's Swimming: Day 1

Cal Women's Swimming: Day 2

Cal Women's Swimming: Day 3

Cal Men's Swimming recap

Cal Rugby 7s three-peats at CRC

Somehow the official Cal Athletics video is not embeddable (or on YouTube), but you can watch it via the tweet below.

I'm sure these players and coaches will be honored at the Homecoming game tomorrow as well, but they were also celebrated at the National Championship Week lunch on Wednesday.

Here are more videos to relive Cal's winning moments:

Cal Women's Swimming and Diving

Cal Rugby 7's

Starts at 1:18:54 mark

Like I had said, winning national championships never gets old.

Cal Cross Country (Bethan Knights win Roy Griak Invitational)

The highlight for Cal Olympics sport this past week has got to be Cal sophomore Bethan Knights' victory at the Roy Griak Invitational (hosted by University of Minnesota). Knights' time of 20:54 was good enough for the top overall time at this premier cross country competition. This is her second victory in two events this year, after also winning the USF Invitational. An all-american in her freshman year, Knights appear to be even stronger in her second year as a Golden Bear.

As a team, the Bears finished 5th, with Marissa Williams (21:51), Megan Bordes (22:26), Nuria Tio Peig (22:51) and Jordyn Colter (23:06) all scoring for the Bears. This was the first race for freshmen Williams and Colter. Learn more about Williams in the CalBears.com feature this week.

For the men, Cal's Chris Walden (another Cal all-american last year) finished 6th overall (25:07...men runs a longer course) and the team finished 3rd at this event.

The Cal men are now ranked 25th in the country, although the top of the ranking is very Pac-12 heavy: Colorado (1), Stanford (2), Oregon (5), UCLA (11), and ASU (18).

The Cal women stays at No.30 in the ranking.

Cal Men's Water Polo (11-2, last week: 4 easy wins at Aggie Round Up)

No.4 Bears participated in the Aggie Round Up hosted by UC Davis this past weekend. As expected (against teams that are not UCLA, USC, Stanford), the Bears put up some video game-like number (there's got to be some kind of water polo video game).

Cal 17, San Jose State 7

Cal 15, Santa Clara 4

Cal 19, Concordia 4

Cal 25, Fresno Pacific 10

Lots of Golden Bears tallied goals for me to recount here.

The 11-2 Bears will open MPSF play this weekend. They will take on the UCSB Gauchos down at Santa Barbara. Bears defeated UCSB by the same score of 12-5 twice already this year. Once in San Diego, the second time was two weekends ago at Stanford as a part of the NorCal Tournament.

Cal Field Hockey (6-4, last week: beat Brown 2-1 in OT, lost to No.1 UConn)

Coming off the huge upset of Stanford the previous week, the Bears traveled to New England to take on Brown and then No.1 UConn.

Following the same recipe of fighting hard, the Bears earned another 2-1 OT win (the same recipe for beating Stanford the week before) at Brown in Providence, Rhode Island last Friday.

A pair of Cal freshmen came up big. Janaye Sakkas Scored the Golden Goal after Marie Lanckneus had equalized against the Brown Bears in the second half.

Bears then took on No.1 UConn on Sunday and it wasn't pretty. Bears were called for a bunch of penalties and had to play 18 minutes with a man down. UConn outshot the Bears 26-2 in route to a 10-0 win.

Bears still carry a quite impressive 2-3 record in 2015 against ranked teams.

Back in the Bay Area, Bears will play a conference game at UC Davis on Sunday at 1 pm.

Cal Women's Soccer (6-2-2, 0-1-0 in Pac-12 after OT loss at Colorado)

Possibly jinxed by me saying that they can be Pac-12 contender, the Bears lost their 8 match unbeaten streak with a 2nd OT loss at Colorado. With this loss, the Bears dropped in the ranking from 14th to 23rd. Given how good the Pac is in women's soccer now (thanks to the Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Lauren Holiday of USWNT), the Bears will have a chance to move right back up the ranks if they can defeat No.14 Arizona and No.42 ASU this weekend in the 48th State.

After 4 straight clean sheets, Emily Boyd finally gave up a goal against Colorado after the Bears had taken an 1-0 lead on Hromatko's 1st career goal (on a putback). After the Bears couldn't put away several good looks, Colorado eventually drew a late corner and capitalized on it in the 2nd OT with a header.

From CalBears.com:

Goal Summary
37:51, Cal – Lynsey Hromatko (-) – Rebound from a corner kick sent through GK’s legs
39:06, Colorado – Brittney Stark (Emily Paxton, Brie Hooks) – Crossed to right edge of the box for strike
105:08, Colorado – Emily Paxton (Joss Orejel) – Header from corner kick

Bears' leading assist women in Ifeoma Onumonu did not play in this match. (I don't know why nor how long she may be out).

In case you miss it, Alex Morgan still loves us!!!

Cal Men's Soccer (5-2, last week: 2-1 loss at Santa Clara)

The Cal men also saw their 5 match win streak comes to an end last weekend. The previously 20th ranked Bears suffered a 2-1 loss to Santa Clara.

Bears struck first in this one but couldn't add to that early lead.

Scoring Summary
Cal  –  6:12 Sivakumar, Aravind (Lima, Nick)
SCU – 24:43   Autrand, Dylan (Castro, Brennan)
SCU – 83:27   Delgadillo, Carlos (unassisted)

Cal Volleyball (3 set loss to UCLA on Sunday)

Maddy Kerr hates losing. If any Cal fans has build a time machine that would allow Maddy and her teammate to go back in time and play UCLA, they should contact Kerr.

After battling Stanford hard but lost in 4 sets, the Bears lost to No.13 UCLA in 3 sets.

In a very tight 2nd set, Bears couldn't close the set out to eventually lost 27-25.

The Bears are now 6-7 on the year, 0-2 in the Pac-12.

Cal Women's Swimming

The fall Cal swimming season again opens with the Queen of the Pool where Cal swimmers compete with each other and host Cal Poly swimmers for the coveted title. The title is bestow upon the swimmer who has the best total time in 5 races - 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 100 breast, and 100 IM.

Celina Li won for the 3rd straight year which is not a surprise given how she's probably the team's best IMer. Senior Kelly Naze finished 2nd. Liz Pelton was 3rd.

The usual suspects won the individual races: NCAA champ Bootsma won 100 Back, Marina Garcia won 100 breast, Li won 100 IM. Freshman Katie McLaughlin won 100 fly. Fellow freshman Amy Bilquist took 100 free.

GO BEARS!