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It was an eventful weekend of action for Cal Olympics Sports as numerous Golden Bears captured Player of the Week honors.

ICYMI, Cal Field Hockey (who will again not have a home field to call their own) posted a huge upset win over No.6 Stanford last Friday.
ICYMI, Cal Field Hockey (who will again not have a home field to call their own) posted a huge upset win over No.6 Stanford last Friday.
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The state of Cal fall Olympics sports is quite strong after a great weekend for Cal Field Hockey, Women's Soccer, and Men's Soccer. A non-fall sport, Cal Men's Golf also earned a mention by winning a tournament. We will also get to how Cal Men's Water Polo fared in their first true test on the year and more. This is your Golden Medals update [CUE OLYMPICS-ESQUE MUSIC FOR A THEME SONG].

Schedule

Cal Women's Soccer starts Pac-12 play this weekend, which also means higher odds of the games being broadcasted on the Pac-12 Networks (okay, the Arizona games next week are merely streamed and then the Oregon games the following week have no TV before 7 straight televised matches to close out the regular season). Bears will put their 8 straight unbeaten streak to the test at Colorado on Sunday.

The sole event that will take place in Berkeley this weekend is a big Cal Volleyball match against the visiting UCLA Bruins. Bears fought Stanford hard on Tuesday to open Pac-12 play. They will build on that momentum against UCLA on Sunday at noon. If you have not been to the new Haas yet, I have heard that it's worth a trip to check out the new state-of-art scoreboard.

While it is not on TV, the following match will be streamed tonight:

Fri,
Sep 25
M Tennis Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic Napa, CA All Day
Fri,
Sep 25
W Swimming & Diving Cal Poly Queen of the Pool at San Luis Obispo, CA 11:00 a.m.
Fri,
Sep 25
Field Hockey Brown at Providence, RI 1:00 p.m. Video Live Stats
Fri,
Sep 25
M Soccer Santa Clara at Santa Clara, CA 7:30 p.m. Live Stream
Sat,
Sep 26
M Tennis Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic Napa, CA All Day
Sat,
Sep 26
M Water Polo Aggie Round Up: San Jose State Davis, CA 9:20 a.m.
Sat,
Sep 26
Cross Country Roy Griak Invitational Minneapolis, MN 9:20 a.m.
Sat,
Sep 26
Cross Country Stanford Invitational Stanford, CA 9:50 a.m.
Sat,
Sep 26
Football Washington at Seattle, WA 2:00 p.m. Live Event Live Stats
Sat,
Sep 26
M Water Polo Aggie Round Up: Santa Clara Davis, CA 5:20 p.m.
Sun,
Sep 27
M Tennis Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic Napa, CA All Day
Sun,
Sep 27
M Water Polo Aggie Round Up: Concordia Davis, CA 8:00 a.m.
Sun,
Sep 27
Field Hockey Connecticut at Storrs, CT 9:00 a.m. Video Live Stats
Sun,
Sep 27
Volleyball UCLA Berkeley, CA 12:00 p.m. Live Stats
Sun,
Sep 27
W Soccer Colorado at Boulder, CO 12:00 p.m. Pac-12 Mountain
Sun,
Sep 27
M Water Polo Aggie Round Up: Fresno-Pacific Davis, CA 5:20 p.m.

Cal Field Hockey (5-3, 1-0 in American East after a huge OT upset over No.6 Stanford)

In case you missed it, the Bears had a huge win over Stanford last Friday. Here is the post that documented that win, as well as the field woes that will render the Bears homeless for the second consecutive year (construction delay means that the Bears won't be playing in Berkeley until 2016).

For their huge come from behind victory, two Bears earned American East (still weird to type that out) Player of the Week honor. Congrats to Sydeny Earle, who had the game winning goal.

and new starting goalkeeper this year in Kori Griswold

Okay, I can't possibly not show the game winning goal against Stanford, so here it is:

Check out the support for Cal Field Hockey on Twitter:

Great job ladies and good luck this weekend at Brown and No.1 UConn. Given Cal's upset wins over No.14 Penn State and No.6 Stanford at their homefields the last two weekends, the UConn Huskies should be very afraid.

GOAL ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Women's Soccer (7-2-2, 1-0-1 in the past week)

Another weekend, two more clean sheets for Cal goalkeeper Emily Boyd. Bears, as a team, also run their unbeaten streak to 8 matches (6-0-2 in the process).

Bears defeated San Francisco 2-0 (Nild and Ship, who else, with the goals) but were held to a 0-0 draw in some high heat down at Cal Poly.

For her effort, Emily Boyd is again the Pac-12 Goalie of the Week for the 2nd consecutive week.

I am still not a huge fan of her neon green kit, but now is not the time to mess with a good thing.

Besides making crepes for her teammate, Boyd is now teaching Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson on how to make grilled cheese.

Here is the crepe video from last year:

Quick preview of the Pac-12:

Bears will start conference play on Sunday at Colorado. While there is still a non-conference match against Santa Clara in the middle of the season, the Pac-12 conference play will be a real grind. All Pac-12 schools have a women's soccer program and they will all play one another every year.

Via the ranking, Bears are now ranked 14th in the country in the Coaches' poll (NSCAA). The top Pac-12 team are those pesky Stanford squad at No.8. Also ranked in the Pac are Washington (21st) and Arizona (25th). UCLA (in kind of a down year), Washington State, USC, and Arizona State have all received votes.

By the RPI, Bears are actually at 9th in the country, just behind Stanford at 8th. Bears' opponent this week Colorado (6-2-1) are ranked 79th in the RPI.

Picked to finish 3rd again, the Bears now appears to be the sole chaser of Stanford for the Pac-12 title after UCLA have started the year 4-4 (they lost a few key players to graduation but are always talented). That season ending Big Kick in Palo Alto on November 6th may decide the conference title...but we are getting waaaay ahead of ourselves.

Cal striker Arielle Ship leads the Pac with 8 goals on the year, but she has also played in more games than the ASU striker in Farquharson.

GOALS
## Player-Team               GP  No.  Avg/G
-------------------------------------------
 1.Ship, Arielle-CAL........  9    8   0.89
 2.Farquharson,Cali-ASU.....  6    5   0.83
   STOIAN, Gabi-ARIZ........  8    5   0.62
   Simon, Shannon-WASH......  9    5   0.56
 5.Moon,Aly-ASU.............  7    4   0.57
   Hooks, Brie-COLO.........  9    4   0.44
 7.Johnson, Sydney-USC......  7    3   0.43
   Pantuso, Allison-OSU.....  8    3   0.38
   Johnson, Kaitlyn-WSU.....  8    3   0.38
   ESTOPARE, Hayley-ARIZ....  8    3   0.38
   Wegner, Cara-WSU.........  8    3   0.38
   Xiao, Michelle-STAN......  8    3   0.38
   Perez, Amanda-WASH.......  9    3   0.33
   Boureille, Celeste-CAL...  9    3   0.33
   Keever, Kimberly-WASH....  9    3   0.33
   Evans, Danica-COLO.......  9    3   0.33

A familiar name is also on the top of the assists list in senior Ifeoma Onumonu, who has returned to full strength after suffering an early season ending knee injury last year.

ASSISTS
## Player-Team               GP  No.  Avg/G
-------------------------------------------
 1.Onumonu, Ifeoma-CAL......  8    5   0.62
   STOIAN, Gabi-ARIZ........  8    5   0.62
 3.Lara,Lucy-ASU............  7    4   0.57
   Hooks, Brie-COLO.........  9    4   0.44
 5.Farquharson,Cali-ASU.....  6    3   0.50
   DeGRACIE, Jaden-ARIZ.....  8    3   0.38
   Rosen, Haley-STAN........  8    3   0.38
   Guetlein, Kourtney-WSU...  8    3   0.38
   Johnson, Kaitlyn-WSU.....  8    3   0.38
   Evans, Danica-COLO.......  9    3   0.33
   Freeman, Mandy-USC.......  9    3   0.33
   Krauser, Madison-COLO....  9    3   0.33
   Simon, Shannon-WASH......  9    3   0.33
   Slattery, Taylor-UTAH....  9    3   0.33
   Vukic, Natalie-UTAH......  9    3   0.33

Defensively, the Bears are also at the top of the goal against average.

GOALS AGAINST AVG
## Player-Team               GP   GA Minutes  GaAvg
---------------------------------------------------
 1.Boyd, Emily-CAL..........  9    4  835:00   0.43
 2.Geist, Bella-OSU.........  8    4  810:26   0.44
 3.Hinriksdottir, Halla-ORE.  5    3  455:13   0.59
 4.Scheele, Kate-COLO.......  9    5  751:22   0.60
 5.Prudhomme, Sammy Jo-USC..  9    6  830:00   0.65
 6.Burdett, Lainey-ARIZ.....  7    4  534:57   0.67
 7.Campbell, Jane-STAN......  7    5  595:18   0.76
 8.Kufeld, Megan-WASH.......  9    7  830:00   0.76
 9.Dederick, Ella-WSU.......  8    7  742:03   0.85
10.Morris,Chandler-ASU......  7    6  630:00   0.86

Like I have said in my preview of fall Olympic sports, all the ingredients are there for this year to be quite special for Cal Women Soccer.

GOAL ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Men's Soccer (5-1, 1-0 last week)

The streaking Cal Men's Soccer has now won 5 straight games in a row and returned to the top 25 ranking at 20th in the coaches poll.

Bears took care of San Francisco by a 3-1 score last week. Christian Thierjung, who have score a game winning goal against the dons in the past, led the way with a brace (two goals). Sophomore Jose Carrera-Garcia got on the scoring sheet first and assisted in one of Theirjung's goal.

Congrats to Jose on this honor.

The Bears will take on Santa Clara tonight before Pac-12 season starts next week. There are only 6 teams in the Pac and they are Cal, Stanford, Washington, Oregon State, UCLA, and an affiliate in San Diego State. Each team will play a home and away matches against every other team.

While the Bears have lost a lot of talent to graduation this past year, the young squad is certainly playing well in the recent 5 match winning streak. The top scoring team in the nation last year has also managed to #drop3 goals for 4 of the 6 matches so far. Maybe this will not be a clear rebuilding year after all.

Men's Soccer RPI has the Bears as 18th in the country. The only Pac-12 team ahead of them are Stanford at 4th.

GOAL ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Men's Water Polo (7-2, 2-2 for a 4th place finish at NorCal Tournament)

Bears faced their first true tests of the season this past weekend, when they played at the NorCal Tournament hosted by Stanford. In short, Bears still have more work to do close the gap between themselves and the top trio of UCLA, USC, and Stanford.

Bears took care of business easily against San Jose State (15-1) and UC Santa Barbara (12-5) on Saturday. That meant a semifinal match against UCLA on Sunday. After a tough battle, the Bears lost that one 8-6. In the 3rd place match (one that the Bears won against USC last year), the Bears fell 12-9 after a close match through 3 quarters.

Bears placed 4th in the NorCal tournament.

From the UCLA match:

Five different Bears scored, led by Masmanidis with two. Andric went the distance in goal and stopped 12 shots.

From the USC match:

Mulcahy scored three goals, all in the first period, to lead Cal offensively. Hooper, Chandler Jarrels, Nicholas Carniglia and Farrel South also scored for the Bears while Andric made 14 saves in goal.

The separation may be small, but the Bears still need to prove that they can beat the top 3 men's water polo teams on any given day. UCLA, Stanford, USC are ahead of the Bears in the ranking this week.

GOAL ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Volleyball (6-6, 0-1 in the Pac-12)

Bears fought valiantly but still fell to No.8 Stanford in 4 sets (first two sets really could have gone either way) in the Berkeley leg of the Big Spike on Tuesday.

Here are your stats leader for that match:

Prior to the Stanford match, the Bears managed to sweep St. Mary in 3 sets before falling to Pacific in 3 sets.

Bears will host No.13 UCLA Bruins on Sunday at noon. It will be another tough test but I'm confident that our Bears will manage to pull off an upset or two this season.

Cal Men's Golf wins Inverness Intercollegiate

Held at the famed Inverness course in Toledo, OH, the Bears are the winner of this first time tournament by 3 strokes.

The winning 5-some for the Bears includes two sophomores and two freshmen to go with one junior. It's clear that the program has reloaded after the great players that have graduated two years ago.

Full results (from CalBears.com):

INVERNESS INTERCOLLEGIATE (HOSTED BY TOLEDO)
TOLEDO, OH
INVERNESS CLUB (PAR 71, 7323 YARDS)

FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Cal (291-293-293 – 877, +25)
2. ETSU (293-293-294 – 880, +28)
3. Michigan (293-298-293 – 884, +32)
T4. Purdue (302-286-299 – 887, +35)
T4. Yale (305-290-292 – 887, +35)
6. Ohio State (297-306-289 – 892, +40)
7. Michigan State (303-303-288 – 894, +42)
8. UAB (305-291-302 – 898, +46)
9. Kent State (298-303-299 – 900, +48)
10. Toledo (306-298-303 – 907, +55)
11. Mercer (299-301-309 – 909, +57)
12. Miami, Ohio (308-299-304 – 911, +59)
13. Northern Illinois (313-303-298 – 914, +62)
14. Akron (315-298-302 – 915, +63)
15. Austin Peay (312-326-315 – 953, +101)

FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Mitch Rutledge – Michigan State (75-70-66 – 211, -2)

FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
5. KK Limbhasut (70-70-77 – 217, +4)
9. Collin Morikawa (75-76-68 – 219, +6)
T11. Sebastian Crampton (75-74-72 – 221, +8)
T37. Walker Huddy (71-79-78 – 228, +15)
T46. Jamie Cheatham (81-73-76 – 230, +17)

HOLE ON YOU BEARS!

Cal Cross Country

Did you know that both Cal's Men and Women's Cross Country squads are ranked in the top 30 (men are 29th by USTFCCCA, women are 30th also by USTFCCCA) in the country? Sure, there are probably not that many NCAA cross country programs but the program has been trending in the right direction. There are still a way to go before the Bears can challenge Colorado and other top Pac schools for the conference and NCAA title, but slow and steady wins the race (so I've heard...I'm not much of a runner).

Bears are competing in two different events this weekend. Some runners are going to Minnesota to run in the Roy Griak Invitational. Other runners are staying behind to run in the Stanford Invitationals.

Here are the full list of athletes in action (from CalBears.com):

CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S LINEUPS (6K) – ROY GRIAK & STANFORD INVITATIONALS
Marissa Williams
Georgia Bell
Megan Bordes
Mariel Mendoza
Bethan Knights
Skyler Flora
Nuria Tio Peig
Jordyn Colter
Katherine Haysbert
Natalie Herberg

CALIFORNIA MEN’S LINEUPS (8K) – ROY GRIAK & STANFORD INVITATIONALS
Chris Walden
Garrett Corcoran
Steve Correa
Seamus Land
Max Leach
Thomas Joyce
Robert Brandt
John Lawson
John Hogan
Ellis Newton
Leland Later
Ned Trim
Cameron Tu

GO BEARS!