With some Golden Bears soon heading to the site of last season's NCAA Championships for another major tournament, a different group of Bears is heading to UC Davis to play in the Aggie Invitational from Friday through Sunday at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. The other group is traveling to Oklahoma to play in the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at the University of Tulsa.
It is written that a threefold cord is not easily broken.
California senior men's soccer trio embodies that ideal.
As year classifications stand, the soon-to-graduate threesome are the smallest in number of the Golden Bears' lot.
Christian Thierjung, Trevor Haberkorn and Nick Lima sit at the helm of the 27-man squad that is comprised of five freshmen, 10 sophomores and nine juniors.
As unique as their individual playing styles are their approaches to co-commanding a team that has hovered around the nation's top-25 this season.
Lima, who earned Pac-12 Player of the Week after the season opening weekend, is an aggressive defender that has proven lethal inside the box. His grit has been noted by his fellow senior cast. "Nick Lima's style of play is attack, attack, and defend like an animal when needed. His speed and physical presence keep him on the move all the time, running at players and getting shots off from a distance which have most recently led to goals," said Haberkorn, from Keller, Texas.
Haberkorn, who's as versatile, hovering between midfielder and defender, may not always show up in the stat lines, but his contributions both on and off the field are not overlooked by the team.
"Now playing the middle, I can see Habby's (Trevor Haberkorn) skill even more. He works as hard as he can every game unselfishly," Lima said. "Trevor's a vocal one. He lets his opinions be heard and he can motivate that way. He tackles hard and is not afraid. He pumps the guys up that way and he brings the adrenaline up."
BERKELEY --- No. 17 California women's soccer will wrap up its season-long five-game home stand with a pair of Pac-12 contests against the league's representatives from the Evergreen State. The Golden Bears will take on the University of Washington on Friday afternoon and host Washington State in a Sunday morning matinee. Fans can follow the action on Twitter @CalWomensSoccer as well as tracking Live Stats and tuning into Pac-12 Network for both games.
LAST TIME OUT
Cal won its third straight match and seventh in its last eight after shutting out Oregon State 3-0 at home last Friday. Freshman Mia Corbin notched her first two career goals and senior Arielle Ship recorded an assist hat trick to lead the Bears to victory.
Washington has lost three straight contests - including its conference opener vs Utah - after going unbeaten (5-0-1) in its previous six. UW's Shannon Simon currently leads the team in scoring (4 G, 8 Pts) while four Huskies share the team lead in assists. Goalkeepers Sarah Shimer (6 matches, 495 mins) and Kaylyn Smith (5 matches, 425 mins) have provided joint coverage for the Washington defense. Shimer has a 0.55 GAA, 3 goals allowed an a 3-1-0 record while Smith has logged a 1.06 GAA, 5 goals allowed and a 1-2-1 mark.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State will face Stanford on Thursday before taking on the Bears Sunday in Berkeley. WSU entered Pac-12 play with a 0-1 loss to Colorado on September 23 after posting a 5-2-1 non-conference record, which included a win over then-No. 13 Santa Clara. The Cougars are led by Morgan Weaver's six goals and 12 points while Kaitlyn Johnson paces the team with four helpers. Ella Dederick has taken the majority of Washington State's minutes in goal and has recorded a 0.79 GAA in her nine games.
On the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 23, Marshawn Lynch walks slowly through the Bay Street shopping mall in Emeryville. Under one massive arm, he carries a chess set, a flier for an upcoming chess tournament at the Hilltop mall in Richmond, and a Willy Wonka-esque top hat. With the other, he supports a tiny elderly woman — his grandmother, who was wearing, like him, a t-shirt emblazoned with the word "Beastmode," Lynch's own brand.
The pair pass shoppers hurrying into Sephora and H&M, customers who didn't give them a second glance. They draw attention only after approaching the line of people queued up outside the IT'SUGAR, an upscale candy shop where Lynch's latest venture, Beastmode-branded chocolate bars, are about to have their world premiere (hence the Wonka hat, which Lynch wore on national television on Conan a few nights before).
BERKELEY, Calif. -- If one had to pick the place in America that differed most from Berkeley, California, then Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen's previous home of Pocatello, Idaho would be a prime candidate.
"It's very desolate," Hansen said. "It's surrounded by a lot of potato fields and potato farms."
Hansen lived amongst those potato fields for a season, hauling in 45 passes as a true freshman for Idaho State in 2013. The contrast between his football career now and three years ago is as stark as the difference between the ecletic Bay Area and rural Pocatello.
With 50 catches already through only four games, Hansen is the nation's leader in receptions. A player who didn't field a single FBS offer coming out of high school -- and whose only offer from Idaho State only came because one of the Bengals' recruits signed elsewhere at the last minute -- now has his name popping up on some early NFL Draft watch lists.
"Chad was not a 5-star recruit coming out of high school," Cal coach Sonny Dykes said. "I don't even know if Chad was a 0-star recruit coming out of high school. Sometimes you get labeled as that, and that's a hard label to overcome. People say that you can't be very good because so-and-so didn't recruit you."