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Golden Nuggets: Steve Birnbaum Finds The Net For USMNT

The Golden Bear alum scores a last-minute game-winner in just his second cap for the USMNT.

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Men's Tennis

No. 27 Cal Wins Doubleheader vs. UH, USF: Bears Blank The Rainbow Warriors, 4-0, And The Dons, 4-0

BERKELEY - One week after missing out on the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Duke, No. 27 California got plenty of court time on Saturday, when the Golden Bears romped over Hawaii, 4-0, and No. 69 San Francisco, 4-0, under a partly cloudy sky at the Hellman Tennis Complex.

In a pair of nonconference matches, Cal beat the Rainbow Warriors (1-4) in the morning and then knocked off the Dons (1-5) in the afternoon to improve its record to 2-1.

"The way we competed today is really the start of the process for us for the rest of the season," Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "We made some progress from obviously the start of the season till now. We feel this is a direction for us to head. All of our guys, in all 18 of the matches we played today, were very focused. We didn't lose a set anywhere out there, and that's more a testament to the quality of the mental focus that we had combined with how well we're playing on the court."


Bears Blank Cal Poly In 5th Straight Shutout: Cal Moves to 5-0

ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - The Golden Bears scored a dozen tries, emptied their bench for the second half and beat Cal Poly, 79-0, Saturday on Talley Field.

Flyhalf Russell Webb had a hat trick and center Anthony Salaber scored twice before they joined other starters who left the contest early in the second stanza. California (5-0) recorded its fifth straight shutout of the spring season against a Mustangs team (0-1) that surrendered scores to nine different Bears.

While the Blue and Gold controlled the pace of play and kept the Mustangs corralled all afternoon, any satisfaction from Saturday's performance will be short lived unless the Bears can carry their momentum into next Saturday's "World Cup" opener against the University or British Columbia, which kicks off at 11 a.m. on Witter Rugby Field.

"We had to get our minds not only around beating Cal Poly but also on getting better as a team," said winger Jake Goena, who added his try to the scoreline in minute 38. "Next week is one of the most meaningful games in our season."

Track & Field

Bears Show Well at New Mexico Invite: Cal Men Take Fourth and Women Take Sixth at Indoor Season Opener

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Isaac Dan and Sullivan Parker led the way for the Golden Bears Saturday as they opened their 2016 indoor season off with the University of New Mexico Team Invitational held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The senior, Dan, won the weight throw with a toss of 63.02.00 (19.25m) and the junior, Parker, won the men's shot put with a throw of of 60-08.00 (18.49m).

Both of their first place finishes gave California's men's team 10 points each and helped them place fourth overall with 62 points Saturday. The Cal women came in sixth finishing with 49 points. Dan was the defending champion at the throw in the University of New Mexico Team Invitational. Last year he won with a throw of 61-11.00.

Women's Swimming & Diving

Bilquist and No. 3 California Women Rebound, Beat No. 19 UCLA

After a surprising and jarring loss to No. 7 USC on Friday, the No. 3 California women bounced back on Saturday to beat No. 19 UCLA. Again, freshman Amy Bilquist played a major roll in the success of the Golden Bears with her multiple event wins on Saturday.

The meet began with California win the 200 medley relay. A team of Rachel Bootsma, Kathleen Baker, Noemie Thomas, and Amy Bilquist touched with a 1:40.29, a second and a half ahead of the UCLA team of Linnea Mack, Emma Schanz, Katie Kinnear, and Madison White (1:41.74). California senior Kelly Naze then dominated the 1000 free, posting the only sub-10:00 swim of the field (9:56.58). UCLA freshman Sandra Soe was second (10:11.42), just ahead of her junior teammate Michaela Merlihan (10.11.63). Senior Rachael Acker won the 200 free (1:49.02) to add to the Golden Bears' momentum and was followed by two Bruin sophomores, Katie Grover (1:50.88) and Carly Reid (1:51.63).

Men's Soccer