It was a busy weekend on the road for most of the Cal teams. Cal Women’s Soccer showed that they are for real to lead the way.
Cal Women’s Soccer (5-1)
A successful Texas road trip earned the Golden Bears a national ranking of 12th in the coaches’ poll.
Cal 4, Texas Tech 0
That look when you upset the No. 15 team in the country! No. 19 Bears beat Texas Tech 4-0 in Lubbock! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/tPKBV1zpp8— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWomensSoccer) September 3, 2016
Bears won the battle of two top-25 teams rather easily.
Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year Arielle Ship scored in the 4th minute. Bears added two more goals - Miranda Nild in the 14th minute and Kelly Fitzgerald on a penalty in the 33rd minute. In the second half, midfielder Emma Fletcher scored in the 63rd minute for the final margin.
Cal 1, Texas 0
Austin, Texas remains a Bear Territory after Cal Women’s Soccer became the latest Cal team to win there (Men’s Swimming, Men’s Tennis, Baseball on a 4 game sweep, and of course Football were the other recent Cal winners in Austin).
It was a close match until the 68th minute when Ifeoma Onumonu scored her 3rd goal of the year from an assist by Kelly Fitzgerald. Onumonu’s return to form this season, after a season ending injury two years ago follow by an year hampered by a bulky knee brace, has been the key to the Cal success in 2016 thus far.
Onumonu’s 26th career goal put her in sole possession of 6th all-time in Cal history.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Boyd’s 5 clean sheets on the young season makes her the national leader. She merely had to stop two shots against the Longhorns. Her 20 career shutouts is already 4th best in Cal history.
Cal defender Indigo Gibson was named to the National Team of the Week.
Coming up this week:
Back in the Bay Area for the weekend, Cal makes a short trip to St. Mary’s for a 1:30 PM match today and then hosts UC Davis on Sunday at 1 PM.
The SMC match has a live video feed here.
Cal Women’s Soccer in the Pro News:
Golden Bears stick together! Cal alum Alex Morgan and recent graduate Sam Witteman are both on the Orland Pride. This past weekend, a man invaded the pitch in the hope of getting Alex Morgan’s autograph in the middle of a match...where Morgan is trying to rally her team back. Witteman was there to lead Morgan to safety.
Cal Men’s Soccer (1-2-1)
Against a pair of top 5 teams on the road, Cal Men’s Soccer dropped both matches from the state of Indiana.
Cal 1, Indiana 2
Another long distance shot by the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Nick Lima (his 3rd of the year after a brace against Penn State) gave the Bears a lead just before the half. Host Hoosiers, ranked 5th in the country, answered with two goals in the 76th and 79th minute to take this one, however.
Cal 0, Notre Dame 5
4th ranked Irish scored 38 seconds into the match and never looked back.
From the Cal Bears recap, Cal head coach Kevin Grimes blamed himself for this loss.
"We put a ton of energy and emotion into Friday night's match with Indiana. A 36 hour gap [between games] was simply not enough time to recover. This was a mistake in scheduling on my part and I won't put my players in this position again."
Golden Bears have a well deserved bye week before hosting Nebraska-Omaha on next Friday - September 16th at 4:30 PM.
Cal Volleyball (4-1)
In 3 hard fought battles for the Golden Bears down in Long Beach/Irvine this past weekend, Bears went 2-1.
Cal 1, Long Beach State 3 (24-26, 25-17, 28-26, 25-23)
Jenelle Jordan continues her great play with 16 kills and 3 blocks to lead the Bears. Bears took the opening set but dropped two close ones late.
Cal 3, Northeastern 2 (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11)
The Bears and the Huskies traded sets in this one. Jordan again led the team with 18 kills. Christine Alftin was clutch with 4 key kills in the deciding 5th set.
Cal 3, UC Irvine 1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 215-22)
After a bad first set, Bears came from behind to beat the Anteaters. The team is calling this victory the first one that they have earned. We shall see if this is indeed a turning point for the season.
Jordan had a career high 9 blocks. Aftin had 17 kills to pace the Bears.
Freshman outside hitter Maddie Haynes had a career best 13 kills and was explicitly mentioned as the key difference maker in the post match recap.
Coming up next:
The Cal volleyball program is proud to announce it will be hosting "Carli Lloyd Night" on Friday, Sept. 9 as part of the first night of the Cal Classic at Haas Pavilion! Carli will be on hand and will hold a pre-match Q&A with fans before we take on West Virginia at 7 p.m. There will also be a special on-court ceremony before the match begins. Don't miss what should be a memorable evening at Haas!
Bears will host West Virginia tonight at 7 PM.
Bears face Grand Canyon tomorrow at 10 AM, then Santa Clara at 7:30 PM.
The three visitors will also play one another as a part of the Cal Classic.
Cal Field Hockey (0-3)
The lone Cal team to stay in Berkeley (but they definitely deserved this after two years of playing on the road), Golden Bears were unable to score a goal in two matches against East Coast powers.
Nevertheless, it is great to have Field Hockey back in Berkeley.
Cal 0, Kent State 2
The Golden Flashes proved to be better than the Golden Bears on this afternoon as Kent State outshot the Bears 12-6. Bears conceded a late 1st half goal and another one early in the 2nd half.
Cal 0, Michigan 5
10th Ranked Michigan Wolverines had little issue against the Golden Bears. After going ahead in the 29th minute, Michigan blew this match open with 3 goals in a 4 minute stretch in the 55th to 59th minute.
Coming up next:
Cal Field Hockey makes their first road trip on the year to College Park, MD to play perennial national contender Maryland in the Maryland Invitational. Bears will also play one of American or Fairfield. Matches are on Saturday and Sunday.
After playing my grad school alma matter in Maryland, the Golden Bears will host Drexel (my current employer) on Wednesday back in Berkeley at 4 PM.
Cal Cross Country
The Bears were strong across the Bay at today's USF Invitational - 2 wins (men) & a top 3 showing from the women! https://t.co/zJuHh4mEeb— Cal Track & Field (@Cal_Track) September 3, 2016
Bears had a fine start to the season at the University of San Francisco Invitational.
Cal Men won the invite for the 3rd straight year. 3 Golden Bears finished in the top 5, led by the win of redshirt junior Trent Brendel.
MEN'S RESULTS (PLACE / ATHLETE / TIME / POINTS)
1 / Trent Brendel / 24:21.1 / 1
2 / Robert Brandt / 24:22.2 / 2
5 / John Lawson / 24:42.6 / 5
8 / Paul Zeiss / 24:53.6 / 6
9 / Cameron Tu / 24:54.4 / 7
11 / Steve Correa / 24:58.4 / 9
13 / Takeshi Okada / 25:01.0 / 11
19 / Max Leach / 25:08.0
33 / Leland Jones / 25:27.0
74 / Josh Lewis / 26:47.3
Cal women finished 3rd at this event. Bethan Knight led the Bears by placing 4th. Marissa Williams finished 6th.
WOMEN'S RESULTS (PLACE / ATHLETE / TIME / POINTS)
4 / Bethan Knights / 21:02.8 / 4
6 / Marissa Williams / 21:13.7 / 6
9 / Skyler Flora / 21:23.3 / 9
11 / Megan Bordes / 21:31.2 / 10
19 / Nuria Tio Peig / 21:35.8 / 18
20 / Marissa Dobry / 21:40.7 / 19
21 / Natalie Herberg / 21:45.6 / 20
23 / Rebecca Croft / 21:59.7
Yes, it is kind of bizarre that the scoring is apparently done like Golf where lower is better.
Bears will next race in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on September 30th from South Bend, Indiana.
Cal Men’s Water Polo
3rd ranked Golden Bears will open their season today at the Princeton Invitational.
The Bears are on the road! Today's practice at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool ended with a swim set led by Coach Tyrrell pic.twitter.com/YbZq1otS6O— Cal Water Polo (@CalWaterPolo) September 8, 2016
Yours truly is hoping to make the trip to see the Bears this afternoon. Check back next week for my chat with the team.
Bears’ schedule this weekend include (all time are in ET):
Cal vs. UCLA at 8 AM (exhibition scrimmage)
Cal vs. Princeton at 11:45 AM (official season opener)
Cal vs. George Washington at 4:45 PM
Cal vs. St. Francis at 4:45 PM
Cal vs. Johns Hopkins at 10:30 AM