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Golden Nuggets: Sonny Dykes, Jared Goff post-Grambling press notes

Cal's head coach and top signal-caller look back on what went right against Grambling State (almost everything), and Arielle Ship wins National Player of the Week for Women's Soccer.

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Field Hockey

A balanced attack and total team effort helped Cal field hockey finish its Labor Day Weekend strong, topping Indiana 2-1 on Monday afternoon in Davis, Calif.

Men's Water Polo

The final day of competition at the Triton Invitational pitted the No. 3-ranked Cal men's water polo team against two ranked opponents but the Bears wouldn't let good competition stand in their way as they picked up wins over No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 10 UC San Diego to complete a four-win weekend at Canyonview Aquatic Center.

Men's Soccer

Junior Christian Thierjung nets a goal and an assist to help Cal defeat Northeastern 3-0.

Women's Soccer

California won the 2015 Duke Nike Classic with a decisive 3-1 victory at No. 18 Duke with goals from Ifeoma Onumonu, Arielle Ship and Celeste Boureille to run its unbeaten streak to four games.

Based partly on her performance against Duke, Junior Arielle Ship was named National Player of the Week by NSCAA and TopDrawerSoccer.

Ari is an exceptional player who has dedicated herself over this past year to being in the best shape of her life, and it is paying great dividends," California head coach Neil McGuire said. "As a natural goal scorer, she now has the strength and power to create for herself."


"She is a fierce competitor with a drive to be the best," McGuire said of his talisman. "Beyond that, she is a wonderful person and teammate."

Grambling State Reaction

From the Daily Californian

"Nice, good win. It's been a while since we've played. We had a really good fall camp, and I was really pleased with how we came out of camp. Our players were really excited to get out and have a chance to compete," said Cal head coach Sonny Dykes. "It got a little sloppy at times. A lot of things, we could improve on."

"I think we played really well offensively. A few snags there early — the interception, fumble down the line," [Jared] Goff said. "Besides those two plays, really, we played pretty well the whole game."

Dykes, on wide receiver Brandon Singleton

"He was one of those guys that we thought we would probably end up playing at some point in the year," Dykes said. "We're going to need him. He's a good player, he's a good athlete. He's not probably entirely ready to play today, but it was an opportunity to get him some reps in a game, and let him improve and have a chance to play. He's going to be ready, and we've got to get him ready. We're going to need a lot of healthy bodies through this year. It's going to be a long season, and any time you have a kid who can run and do the things he can do, he's going to help this team.

"He can play on special teams and develop into a receiver, which we anticipate him doing. We think he'll have a good year for us as a receiver, and certainly as a special teams player."