Cal Men’s Soccer (3-2-1)
Golden Bears had a rare weekend with two matches at home, but prevailed with two victories over Nebraska Omaha (never heard of them) and Harvard (this one sounds familiar).
It took until the 61st minute for the Bears to break through in this one, despite out shooting their opponents 18 to 4 on the match. Aravind Sivakumar scored his first goal of the season. Christian Thierjung added a goal in the 83rd minute as Jonathan Klinsmann earns a clean sheet.
Opportunistic but also with that killer instinct, senior striker Christian Thierjung had a historically memorable game on Sunday. Good thing that Pac-12 Networks was there to record the action.
Christian Thierjung’s 5 goal outburst is believed to be a program record and certainly the most goals in a match in the 17 year regime of head coach Kevin Grimes. Not too surprisingly, Thierjung picked up Pac-12 Player of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer national Player of the Week honors.
Bears play at No.25 UC Santa Barbara this Saturday night at 7 pm PT before the start of Pac-12 play next weekend at Stanford on October 2nd at 5 pm PT.
Cal Women’s Soccer (7-2)
Bears won their final out of conference tune-up with a 4-2 home victory over USF.
Arielle Ship scores a brace to lead the Golden Bears for a match that was on the Pac-12 Networks.
Ship scored the lone goal in the first half and then another one in the second half. Freshwomen Abigail Kim and Maggie Bell both scored a goal in this one as well.
Pac-12 Play starts this afternoon at 3pm PT on the Pac-12 Networks for 20th ranked Cal Women’s Soccer as they host Oregon State. Bears will then host the Washington schools with matches against Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Sunday.
Bears are the 3rd highest ranked team from the Pac before the LA schools.
Cal Men’s Water Polo (8-0)
Golden Bears will finally face their first challenge on the year this weekend when they host the Mountain Pacific Invitational. The 3rd and 4th matches of this weekend should see the Bears face off against California rivals in USC/UCLA/Pacific/Stanford.
Bears open against Whittier today and then play either Princeton (a rematch of Cal’s opener) or UCSB next on Saturday morning.
The first interesting match should be on Saturday night, barring upsets. Bears wrap the tournament (preferably in the championship match) on Sunday.
In case you missed it, I chatted with Cal head coach Kirk Everist and senior Farrel South at the Princeton Invitational.
Cal Volleyball (6-5, 0-1 in Pac-12)
Despite playing quite well - winning the first set and had a set point in the tie-breaking 3rd set, Cal Volleyball fell at home to No.11 Stanford in the Big Spike on Tuesday night. Bears travel up to Eugene, Oregon (land of the no sales tax!) for a match against the No.24 Oregon Ducks.
In the Pac, one faces the challenges or opportunities of facing ranked teams on a weekly basis. Should the Bears play at the same level as shown on Tuesday night, they will pull off a few upsets this year.
Live stream of that match can be found here.
Cal Field Hockey (1-5)
Despite a brand new home field, Cal Field Hockey will hit the road this weekend to play at Appalachian State and Wake Forest.
Two weeks ago, Bears won their lone match of the year at Maryland but not against the powerhouse host. Bears defeated Fairfield 3-1 after losing to host Maryland 5-1.
In their last home match (a random Wednesday match 9 days ago), Bears lost to yet another Blue and Gold visitor when they lost 2-1 to Drexel. Bears have also lost to Kent State and Michigan at home this year.
Conference (American East) play starts next Sunday against UC Davis.