BERKELEY --- The No. 20 California women's soccer team will open Pac-12 play this Friday, September 23 when the Golden Bears host Oregon State at Goldman Field in Berkeley. The matchup betweent the Bears and Beavers will kick off at 3 p.m. on Friday and will also air on Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also follow the action on Twitter @CalWomensSoccer and via Live Stats on CalBears.com (www. calbea.rs/CalLiveStats).
California Golden Bears' center Ivan Rabb took a bit of a gamble by returning to Berkeley for his sophomore year. Forgoing the 2016 NBA draft might not have been the most prudent business decision; there is, of course, the risk of injury as well as the slim possibility that he fails to improve on his strong freshman campaign, causing his stock to fall. Perhaps worst of all, the 2017 draft class is far more anticipated and is likely much deeper than the 2016 crop of rookies. Even if Rabb shows some improvement, there's a chance that he might still fall within the same draft range.
With that said, Rabb had a legitimate reason for returning to Cal. Instead of prioritizing what agents, scouts, and pundits thought, Rabb assessed his own growth and abilities.
"I didn't just want to be in the NBA. I wanted to make sure I was ready when I got there," he said in April.
Davis Webb, California
The former Texas Tech Red Raider has been the most prolific of the transfers. In his first three starts with the Golden Bears, he has amassed 1,359 passing yards with 13 TDs and only three picks. Cal is 2-1, including a defeat of No. 16 Texas last Saturday.
Last season, the Arizona State Sun Devils concluded their regular season slate with a 48-46 loss against the California Golden Bears. This season, ASU will face California to open conference play.
After falling short against San Diego State, the Golden Bears enter this weekend's matchup following a 50-43 upset win over then-No. 11 Texas. Quarterback Davis Webb connected with receiver Chad Hansen on 12 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bear Raid is alive and thriving. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils' defense—which is now primarily under the direction of defensive coordinator Keith Patterson—is surrendering 379.3 passing yards per game. The matchup poses to be an explosive one.