With 4 Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor, it was not a huge surprise when Cal freshman Angelina Anderson was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year earlier today. As the first freshman in the rich Pac-12 history to win that award, it is an even lesser surprise that Anderson was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Oh, Anderson was also named to the Pac-12 First Team as well as the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Stats certainly back up these deserving awards. Anderson leads the Pac-12 in both shutouts (9, and a part of another one) and save percentage (0.849). She earned a tie for the Pac-12 lead in saves after making 13 against Stanford in the Pac-12 finale.
Anderson’s great play, in addition to a great defense in front of her, is the main reason for optimism for Cal Women’s Soccer entering the NCAA postseason. Golden Bears will make a short visit down to Santa Clara for their first round match this Saturday afternoon.
Anderson is the latest of a long line of great Cal keeper. On the women’s side, Anderson follows both Emily Kruger and Emily Boyd (both of them saw their Cal career ends in a 2-1 loss to Santa Clara in the NCAA postseason). On the men’s side, Cal has produced pros such as recent MLS champ Stefan Frei, Jonathan Klinsmann, and a likely future pro in senior Drake Callender.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANGELINA AND GO BEARS!