Women's Soccer - Season Preview
Men's Soccer - Season Preview
BERKELEY -- California field hockey is back in Berkeley for the first time in three seasons, hosting Northeastern in the inaugural game at Underhill Field to open the 2016 season on Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free, and parking as available in the Underhill Parking Structure directly underneath the field.
The Golden Bears spent the last two seasons playing neutral-site games using the turfs of fellow Bay Area squads while awaiting completion of their new turf. Cal's former home was Maxwell Field, which has since been converted to a multipurpose field and parking garage. The Bears were able to spend their spring and preseason training at Underhill.
With the usual touristy things - Opera House, Harbour Bridge and meeting mascot-sized koalas - out of the way, the California Golden Bears and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors were set to continue their practice sessions in Australia on Wednesday ahead of the opening college football game of the season.
The midday Saturday game - prime time Friday night in the United States - will be held at Sydney's Olympic stadium, where organizers expecting a crowd of more than 65,000.
On Tuesday, both teams were welcomed to the city at an Opera House reception. Cal coach Sonny Dykes and Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich were presented with Malibu-sized surfboards and some of the players posed for selfies with the iconic Opera House and bridge in the background.
After the festivities, both teams held workouts and Dykes said Cal got the kinks out during the fully-padded practice.
"The guys are getting acclimatized to Sydney time, so we had a good, intense practice and the guys worked hard," Dykes said.