Cal to Face Pepperdine in NCAA First Round
BERKELEY --- California women's soccer secured its 13th consecutive invitation to the NCAA Tournament Monday afternoon during the Division I Women's Soccer Selection Show, which aired on NCAA.com.
Cal (13-5-2) will travel to Malibu, Calif. to take on Pepperdine (12-4-3) on Saturday, November 12 at 1 p.m. PT. The matchup will be the sixth all-time between the Golden Bears and the Waves and the second in NCAA Tournament action. Cal trails the overall series against Pepperdine, 1-1-3, but the Bears defeated the Waves in their only NCAA Tournament appearance prior to this season - a 1-0 first round shutout on November 10, 2012.
This will be the first time since 2013 that Cal will open NCAAs on the road but the sixth straight year that the Bears will open the postseason in the state of California.
BERKELEY --- In soccer, success as a goalkeeper comes, in essence, from preventing accomplishments by your opponent.
From curtailing a high-powered offense to beating longstanding rivals, the keepers that can take away the best give the most to their own teams.
Most teams that have faced the California women's soccer team over the past three seasons have struggled to find success because of Golden Bear goalie Emily Boyd and her ability to consistently halt their plans.
Boyd, a junior and native of Seattle, Wash., has thrived in the role of starting goalkeeper, performing at a historic rate during her time in the Bay Area.
If her career ended today, Boyd would already walk away with her name etched into the Golden Bear record books: back-to-back seasons of school-record shutout production (11) in 2015 and 2016; one of four Cal keepers all-time with 200 or more saves; a career goals against average (0.82) on the edge of the school's top five; and the Cal career shutout record a clean sheet away. With at least one NCAA Tournament match left in 2016 and a senior season on the horizon, Boyd is primed to extend her records even further.
Men’s Water Polo
Cupido Named MPSF Player of the Week
BERKELEY – After leading the Cal men's water polo team with six goals in two matches, junior Luca Cupido was named Player of the Week by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).
Having spent the first part of the season rounding back into shape after a strong showing with Team USA at the Rio Olympics, Cupido continued to heat up with a strong week against No. 19 UC Irvine and No. 9 Pepperdine. He got started on Saturday with a goal, four steals and an assist against the Anteaters and helped Cal earn a 9-6 win to begin the road trip.
The next day, Cupido took a more offensive role as he scored a season-high five goals to go along with two more steals and another assist. His efforts helped Cal pick up a 12-7 victory over the Waves and pushed Cupido into third on the team's season scoring list with 20 goals.
Bryce Treggs Makes Most of Audition To Be Eagles’ Deep Threat
In one game, Bryce Treggs nearly matched Josh Huff's receiving output for the entire season. For that matter, Treggs almost got there in one play.
Active for the first time in his NFL career, the rookie wide receiver streaked past Giants safety Nat Berhe and hauled in a 58-yard pass from Carson Wentz in the second quarter.
"We knew their safeties play kind of low, so I knew pre-snap all I had to do was beat the corner," Treggs said postgame. "(Wide receivers coach Greg Lewis) sent me out and told me, 'Just run fast,' and I ran fast."
Two plays later, the Eagles were in the end zone, thanks in part because Treggs set the offense up at the Giants' 12-yard line.
"I was definitely fired up that the team was in a position to score and we ended up getting a touchdown, so that was huge for us," Treggs said.
It was one of two catches Treggs made in the game for 69 yards. For the sake of comparison, Huff appeared in seven games this season prior to his release, catching 13 passes, but for only 72 yards.