That was not ideal. Against one of the top offense in the country, Cal Women’s Soccer conceded an extremely rare 4 goals to the Stanford Cardinal to close the 2019 regular season.
Final from the Farm— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWSoc) November 9, 2019
Congrats to Stanford on a great Pac-12 campaign.
We'll grow from this as we get ready for the NCAA Tournament ⚽️ #GoBears pic.twitter.com/5Bg3g4rgP7
Stanford scored in the 2nd minute and never looked back. Cal freshman star keeper Angelina Anderson made a career best 13 saves but that was far from enough. Nonetheless, that was a valiant effort by arguably best keeper in Pac-12 this year as Stanford had a 39 to 1 shots edge in this one.
Bears will now await their NCAA postseason fate until Monday’s selection show at 1:30pm PT. With a solid RPI of 20th in the country, Cal (13-4-3) should be comfortably back in the postseason field after a one year absence.
ROLL ON YOU BEARS!
They say that defense win championship. Cal Women’s Soccer will put that saying to the test this postseason as they do boost an elite defense. Before we get there, Golden Bears will look to shock the soccer world by handing rival Stanford a rare home loss. Cal will put their unbeaten road record (5-0-3) against No.2 Stanford’s perfect home record (7-0-0) in what should be a great display of Pac-12 women’s soccer on Friday night.
Bears are unbeaten in their last 7 matches (4-0-3), but Stanford is perfect in Pac-12 play (10-0-0) to already clinched another conference title (their 5th in a row).
It would be a huge statement for the Golden Bears to ruin Stanford’s perfect home record. Furthermore, Cal Bears would love nothing else to beat all of their Pac-12 California foes. Bears have defeated both UCLA and USC this season.
Bears are coming off a 2-1 win over ASU on senior day last weekend. Sun Devils managed to score in the first minute but Emma Westin will equalize early in the second half with her team leading 11th goal. Mia Corbin, a senior, converts a penalty in the 76th minute for the final score.
Prior to the ASU match, Bears earned the team’s 10th clean sheet of the season with a 3-0 win over Arizona.
For her effort in the two matches, Cal freshman sensation Angelina Anderson was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for the 4th time already.
- -— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWSoc) November 5, 2019
Has a pretty nice ring to it, don't you think?
After a sweep, another shutout, & 13 saves this weekend, @angelinaanderson is taking home Pac-12 honors once again!
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Anderson would likely need to be at the top of her game to stop Stanford’s Catarina Macario and company. The reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner as the top player in the country, Macario leads the nation with 23 goals and 16 assists.
This will be a great test for the solid Cal defensive line and keeper.
Katie Meyer is the Stanford keeper, but she has not been tested much in game action. Meyer has only need to make 10 saves in her last 10 matches.
Two years ago, Stanford won 1-0 on a Macario goal down at the Farm. Last year, Cardinal won 2-0 in Berkeley. The 2019 match should again be quite close.
California Golden Bears (13-3-3, 5-2-3 in Pac-12)
Stanford Cardinal (17-1-0, 10-0-0 in Pac-12)
Where: Cagan Stadium (Stanford, CA)
When: 7 pm PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Friday night lights ⚽️— Cal Women's Soccer (@CalWSoc) November 8, 2019
Bears vs Card
HERE WE GO!
GO BEARS! BEAT STANFORD!