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Spotlight on the Golden Bears

2011 Season Bear Features

Preseason Q&A With Neil McGuire (Aug. 18, 2011): The California women's soccer team is set to host Pepperdine and San Diego State this weekend to open the 2011 campaign. In the midst of a busy training schedule and photo day, CalBears.com caught up with Neil McGuire to get the lowdown on the Golden Bears this year.

How Well do the Amandas Know Each Other? (Aug. 18, 2011): Not only do juniors Amanda Glass and Amanda Groves share the same first name, there's no differentiating between the pair by their last names for they both begin with G. Beyond that, the two are roommates and have been best friends since their first days in the Blue & Gold. CalBears.com thought it would be fun to put their knowledge of each other to the test and find out just how well they know each other. Judging by the answers, it looks like Amanda Glass knows Amanda Groves the best, but check out the charts below to judge for yourself!

Post World Cup Q&A With Neil McGuire (Aug. 2, 2011): After Alex Morgan and the U.S. national women's soccer team captivated a nation and more at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, CalBears.com sat down with the man that coached Morgan during her four years at Cal - women's soccer head coach Neil McGuire. McGuire gave CalBears.com his thoughts on the final match, Morgan's performance, current Golden Bear Betsy Hassett's experience and more.

Q&A With Katie Suits (April 15, 2011): In early March, California women's soccer midfielder Katie Suits was given the opportunity of a lifetime: participate in the 2011 NCAA Sports and Entertainment Summit. The weekend-long workshop gave Katie Suits and fellow Golden Bear Tori Harrison, who plays lacrosse at Cal, as well as other student-athletes from across the country to explore the sports and entertainment industries. They heard speeches from and got to talk to professionals who currently work in the field of entertainment arena, sports and media talent along with sports media executives. CalBears.com grabbed some time from Suits to find out how things went in La-La-Land.

2010 Season Bear Features

Senior Q&A With Megan Jesolva (Nov. 1, 2010): The Nov. 7 match against Oregon State marks the last home game for the Cal women's soccer senior class. Among those three seniors that will be honored prior to the game is midfielder/defender Megan Jesolva. As a freshman, Jesolva was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, picked as Cal's Freshman of the Year and was selected a second-team Freshman All-American and to the All-West Region second team. In 2008, she led the team in assists with eight, registering multiple assists in two games and dishing out help on three-game winning goals. A Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention in 2009, Jesolva has made multiple trips with the U.S. under-23 national team. This year, the La Mirada, Calif., native has a team-leading five assists. Jesolva will graduate next fall with a degree in English. CalBears.com caught up with Megan Jesolva to take a look back on her four years as a Golden Bear.

Q&A With Katie Benz (Oct. 26, 2010): While devoted fans of California women's soccer may know that Katie Benz is a junior midfielder who sports No. 3, but there is more to her than meets the eye. Benz, Canadian by birth, boasts an incredible singing voice and is contemplating law school in the future after majoring in legal studies. The Sonoma, Calif., native has one goal to her credit this season in five shots on goal. CalBears.com caught up with Benz prior to the Golden Bears' trip to Arizona to go beyond just her soccer accolades.

Senior Video Q&A With Emily Shibata (Oct. 25, 2010): While fans may be well versed with senior midfielder Emily Shibata's skills on the pitch, they might know much about her outside of soccer. In this video Q&A with the co-captain, fans get a peek into some of Shibata's likes, dislikes and more!

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Emi Lawson (Oct. 25, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is defender Emi Lawson. From the get go, Lawson has made her presence known on the field, playing in every game and amassing the most minutes of any of the freshmen. Cal head coach Neil McGuire notes Lawson as a strong, fast and versatile player who has tremendous natural athletic ability and is comfortable in the center of defense but can also play up front. He also said that she has shown significant growth from her time with the U.S. youth national teams. After chatting with Kate Bennett a few weeks ago, CalBears.com caught up with the team's other Washingtonian to discuss all things Emi.

Lauren Battung: a Fantastic Forward (Oct. 19, 2010): While underclassmen might spend more time warming the bench than scoring goals as they adjust to the collegiate ranks, it is quite the opposite for sophomore forward Lauren Battung. Last season, Battung saw playing time in 13 of Cal's 21 matches, garnering significant playing time towards the end of the year. As a sophomore, Battung is currently second on the squad with six goals to her credit, including two in the 3-2 win over Washington on Oct. 15, as well as four assists. Known as LB by her coaches and teammates, Battung has fit seamlessly into the Cal program - on and off the pitch.

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Oct. 18, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is midfielder Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, naturally called "Fitz" by her teammates, is highly regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in the nation. As a starter on the U.S. U-18 national team, she will bring a wealth of high-level playing experience with her to Cal and has seen a great deal of playing time in her freshman year. Cal head coach Neil McGuire notes that the 5-8 player boasts fantastic skill, is an excellent passer and has the ability to score goals from deep positions. Additionally, he commented that she is hard to dispossess and has great field vision, which will prove an asset to Cal's attack. CalBears.com had the opportunity to steal a few minutes of the Pleasanton, Calif., native's time for a Q&A.

Midseason Q&A With Neil McGuire (Oct. 13, 2010): With the California women's soccer team's nonconference slate complete and already a week into the Pac-10 Conference schedule, CalBears.com caught up with Neil McGuire after practice on Wednesday for a midseason check-up. The Bears bring a 5-3-4 overall record into the second week of Pac-10 play after going 5-1-4 in nonconference play for their best record since 2006.

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Mekenna DeBack (Oct. 11, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is Mekenna DeBack. Cal head coach Neil McGuire notes the DeBack is one of the most natural goal scorers he has seen in quite some time. Additionally, McGuire called her a feisty competitor who will be a great asset to the Bears for speed allows her to create space for herself behind defensive lines and she can finish equally well with both feet. As a prepster, DeBack was a three-year varsity member at Miramonte HS, going undefeated in 2008-09 and was the North Coast Section champion. She was also named the 2009 East Bay Prep athlete of the year and Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) MVP and first-team selection. A seasoned player, DeBack traveled to Sweden and Denmark to win the Gothia Cup and Vildberg Cup, with Lamorinda United '91 in 2006. CalBears.com chatted with DeBack to find more about her.

Women's Soccer Plays Cal Crosswords (Oct. 8, 2010): Fridays on campus equal fun. CalBears.com reporter Francesca Weems caught the women's soccer team as they were finishing up with practice to play a little word association game called Cal Crosswords.

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Megan Indermill (Oct. 4, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is defender Megan Indermill. Not only a gifted athlete but an intellectual as well, Indermill is attending Cal as a bioengineering major and Regents and Chancellor's scholar after graduating high school with a 4.84 GPA and as valedictorian. She earned eight varsity letters during her high school career in soccer and track, holding the league title for the 800m and 4X400m races in track. On the soccer side, Indermill was a four-year starter and two-time captain for the Hart HS soccer team, taking it to the CIF semifinals in 2008 and quarterfinals in 2008. That prep squad elected Indermill the best midfielder in 2007, the best defender in 2008 and the most valuable player in 2010. Additionally, she was named to the 2008, 2009 and 2010 All-Foothill League teams as well as the 2009-10 CIF female student-athlete of the year. Off the high school pitch, her club team was a two-time national cup semifinalist, 2008 coast soccer league cup champions and 2007 Surf Cup semifinalist. CalBears.com caught up with Indermill, who goes by Indy with her Cal teammates, to discuss all things Megan.

Cal Sports Report Features Megan Jesolva (Oct. 1, 2010): The Cal Sports Report, a weekly television show highlighting Golden Bear Athletics, had a segment on Cal women's soccer senior Megan Jesolva. The featurette, which aired this week, focused on Jesolva's well-rounded athletic ability as well as how the Golden Bears are doing this season.

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Kate Bennett (Sept. 28, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is midfielder Kate Bennett. A seasononed veteran of age-group national teams, Bennett began her time with the under-16 national squad and is now a member of the under-20 player pool. Off the field as a prepster, Bennett was the co-founder of Bellevue High School Microfinance Club, which is dedicated to helping individuals in the Dominican Republic become self sufficient. Cal head coach Neil McGuire called Bennett a known goal scorer who can also create a great deal of goal-scoring opportunities for others with her precision passing, tremendous field vision and the ability to play to a high level with both feet. The 5-4 native of Washington is also writing a blog for CalBears.com entitled Blog Date With Kate, and you can read it here. CalBears.com was lucky enough to grab some time with the busy Bennett to find out more about her.

Cal Chips In on Coastal Clean-Up Day (Sept. 27, 2010): Instead of spending their Saturday studying, sleeping or hanging out with friends, roughly 40 California student-athletes participated in the annual Coastal Clean-Up Day. The Golden Bears joined 1,400 other Bay Area residents to pick up trash at the Berkeley marina.

Living Like Champions (Sept. 21, 2010): For the California women's soccer team, being a champion is not just something that happens on the field. Thanks to the program's new mantra of "Live Like Champions," the Golden Bears have the desire to be the best Cal team ever in every aspect imaginable. Last spring, head coach Neil McGuire and his staff of associate head coach Kelly Lindsey and assistant coach Libby Bassett, along with significant and important input from the student-athletes, designed a 12-point plan to help the Bears achieve three main components of what would become the foundation for the Live Like Champions philosophy.

McGuire, Brunache Film for `This Week at Cal' (Sept. 20, 2010): On a sunny Monday morning at Edwards Stadium, for California women's soccer head coach Neil McGuire and junior defender Danielle Brunache, it was [natural sun] lights...camera...action! Chelsea Brown interviewed the pair for the CalBears.com weekly video feature `This Week at Cal,' which highlights the exciting athletic action on the Berkeley campus.

Lucky Number 13: Alex Morgan Feature (Sept. 13, 2010): For many, the number 13 conjures images of black cats, full moons and bad luck, but for Alex Morgan, it represents an opportunity and a goal she's pursued since her days running down the pitch with the rest of her recreational league soccer team. Morgan, now in her senior season with the California women's soccer team, selected the superstitious 13 as an age-group player in honor of U.S. Senior National Team star Kristine Lilly. Little did Morgan know that some 11 years later, she would be on that same senior squad with her heroine.

Freshman Feature: Bronwyn Studman (Sept. 7, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is defender Bronwyn Studman. Not only did Studman have to make a quick adjustment to college life like the rest of her fellow freshmen, but she had to make a quick adjustment to life in America after growing up in Canberra, Australia. Studman, called Brony by her teammates, has spent time playing the Under-20 Australian national team and was the 2007 player of the year for Capital Football, Canberra's head football organization. Neil McGuire called Studman a fast, strong, aggressive, naturally left-footed left back who is strong in the tackle and good in the air. CalBears.com listened to Studman's Australian accent for a tick to get to know her better.

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Rachel Mercik (Aug. 30, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is forward Rachel Mercik. Mercik, who prepped at Oak Ridge High School in the Sacramento area, is a member of the U.S. national under-20 pool and was recognized as the No. 18 player in the nation, according to the Top Drawer Soccer National Top-100 List. Cal head coach Neil McGuire notes that Mercik is an outstanding 1-v-1 attacking playmaker who can both create chances as well as take them. Mercik should make an easy transition to the rigorous academics at Cal for she was a member of her high school's key club in 2008 and national honor society member from 2007-10. CalBears.com chatted with Mercik to find out more about her off the pitch.

Bears Go Back to School (Aug. 26, 2010): The student-athletes on the No. 18/15 California women's soccer team may have been back in Berkeley for several weeks and are already three games into the 2010 campaign, but it is now officially fall for classes started Thursday on the Cal campus. CalBears.com caught up with some of the Golden Bears on their way to class to get their thoughts on the new semester.

Freshman Feature: Q&A With Emily Kruger (Aug. 23, 2010): Each week, CalBears.com will feature a freshman women's soccer player, and this week's participant is goalkeeper Emily Kruger. According to head coach Neil McGuire, Kruger is an outstanding shot stopper who distributes the ball well from both her feet and her hands, which coupled with her great drop kick, will make Kruger at catalyst for the Cal attack. Hailing from nearby Woodside, Calif., Kruger joins the Bears as a contender in the starting goalkeeper race. Heavily involved in her high school's extracurricular activities, Kruger was the senior class vice president as well as member of the ink Ribbon Club, Students Offering Support program and co-president of the Invisible Children club, which raises money, resources and awareness for the impoverished children living in Uganda. CalBears.com caught up with the 5-11 freshman to find out more about her.

Preseason Q&A With Neil McGuire (Aug. 16, 2010): With this season's lone exhibition under its belt, the No. 14 California women's soccer team is set to kickoff its 2010 campaign this weekend. This year's squad boasts a talented senior core of four in its crew of 17 returners in addition to 12 decorated newcomers. CalBears.com recently sat down with head coach Neil McGuire, who enters his fourth year at the helm, to discuss this year's team.

2009 Season Bear Features

World Cup Wrap-Up Q&A With Cal Soccer (July 14, 2010): CalBears.com spoke to the Cal soccer brain trust - men's head coach Kevin Grimes and women's head coach Neil McGuire - about the World Cup in the last entry of its series about the recently completed tournament in South Africa. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0, in extra time in the July 11 final in Johannesburg.

Q&A With Alex Morgan (June 23, 2010): After joining the U.S. senior national squad for practice camp as well as for a game against Mexico in March, California women's soccer forward Alex Morgan was called up to join the team for a game against Germany in May. The match versus Germany was the meeting of the two best teams in the world, according to the latest FIFA rankings, and occurred May 22 in front of 10,000 fans at the Cleveland Browns Stadium. Morgan, who will be a senior for the Golden Bears this fall, saw 30 minutes of playing time versus the Germans, and CalBears.com recently got some time with Morgan to discuss the match.

World Cup Q&A With Cal Soccer (June 21, 2010): With World Cup fervor sweeping much of the globe, CalBears.com recently spoke to California men's soccer coach Kevin Grimes and women's soccer coach Neil McGuire to get their perspectives on South Africa 2010.

Catching Up With the Freshmen - Q&A With Rachel Clark (June 14, 2010): In just her first year as a collegiate student-athlete, freshman defender Rachel Clark quickly became a stalwart member of the California women's soccer team's back line. Starting 14 of Cal's 21 games and playing in 17, Clark played every minute of 12 full games. CalBears.com talked with Clark to get a better understanding what it was like to balance rigorous academics and powerhouse soccer at Cal as a true freshman.

Catching Up With the Freshmen - Q&A With Lauren Battung (June 2, 2010): The 2009 season for freshman forward/midfielder Lauren Battung was an exciting one in which she started two games and played in 13. Battung had the assist in Alex Morgan's goal in the eventual 1-1 double-overtime tie against then-No. 11 Santa Clara. CalBears.com had the opportunity to chat with the West Hills, Calif., native who is called "LB" on the pitch, to discuss everything involved in her first semester of college.

Catching Up With the Freshmen - Q&A With Lauren Hein (April 1, 2010): Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Hein earned a lot of valuable experience playing behind two senior goalies. The 5-8 keeper, a native of Tustin, Calif., saw action in one game. CalBears.com recently caught up with Hein to discuss what her first semester as a Golden Bear and a student-athlete was like.

Q&A With Danielle Brunache (Jan. 27, 2010): Danielle Brunache, a crucial member on the California women's soccer team, started all 21 games for the Golden Bears this season. Hailing from an athletic family and the Bay Area town of Belmont, Calif., Berkeley ended up being a perfect fit for Brunache. CalBears.com recently sat down with Brunache, whose teammates call her DB, to find out more about her on and off the pitch.

Q&A With Alex Morgan About National Team Camp (Jan. 19, 2010): California women's soccer junior forward Alex Morgan is currently participating in the 26-player U.S. women's senior national team training camp, held from Jan. 17-Feb. 4 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The extended 20-day camp will give head coach Pia Sundhage a final look at the core of her current player pool before selecting an 18-player roster for the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal. Morgan earned her first call-up to the national team in December for another training camp. CalBears.com recently caught up with the busy Morgan to discuss the last training camp and preparing for this one.

Q&A With Mariam Azimi (Jan. 12, 2010): The California women's soccer team was without the athletic prowess of sophomore forward Miriam Azimi, whose knee injury has kept her on the sidelines for all of the 2009 campaign. As a true freshman in 2008, Azimi saw action in 12 games, starting three, took nine shots and tallied an assist in the 2-2 double-overtime tie to Arizona State. A season away from soccer has given Azimi a great desire to return to the pitch, she notes. CalBears.com talked with the Sacramento, Calif., native to find out about her year, her athletic family and more.

Cal Sports Quarterly Feature -Mary Harvey: Soccer Pioneer as a Player, Executive (Jan. 8, 2010): Mary Harvey was arguably the best goalkeeper in the history of California women's soccer. However, she has made a bigger impact on the game since ending her college career. The former U.S. National team stalwart has been involved in several soccer firsts as a player and an administrator. Harvey worked at the sport's highest levels, including at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the U.S. Soccer federation, before moving into her current role as the chief operating officer for Women's Professional Soccer, the women's pro league in the United States.

Q&A With Alex Morgan (Nov. 3, 2009): With a team-leading 12 goals this season, Cal women's soccer junior forward Alex Morgan now stands in fourth place all-time with 29 career goals. Last fall, she scored the gamewinner to help the U.S. under-20 national team to gold in Chile at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. CalBears.com sat down with the Diamond Bar, Calif., native to learn more about her time studying abroad this summer, playing in a world cup and her life off the field.

Q&A With the Cal Women's Soccer Seniors: Brianna Bak (Oct. 29, 2009): This weekend's games against Arizona and Arizona State are the final home games of the 2009 regular season and the final home games for the squad's six seniors. This week, CalBears.com will be running a Q&A with each of the team's six seniors about the seniors' years in Berkeley and what being a part of the Cal women's soccer program has meant to them, and today's participant is Brianna Bak. Bak has been a stalwart on Cal's backline for four years. A mass communications major from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Bak is co-captain this year with fellow senior Katie Oakes. After registering the game-winning goal versus No. 11 Stanford (1-0) in the final minute of regulation during her freshman year (2006), she went on to start 50 of 40 games played in her final three years at Cal. She has twice earned a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Q&A With the Cal Women's Soccer Seniors: Lisa Kevorkian (Oct. 27, 2009): This weekend's games against Arizona and Arizona State are the final home games of the 2009 regular season and the final home games for the squad's six seniors. This week, CalBears.com will be running a Q&A with each of the team's six seniors, and today's participant is Lisa Kevorkian. Redshirt junior Lisa Kevorkian, who is earning a degree in mass communications, is in her fourth year as a member of the Golden Bear women's soccer team. This season, Kevorkian has three game-winning goals and five scores and two assists for a team-second 12 points. In 2008, she returned from a knee injury with a vengeance to lead the team with three game-winning goals and was second with 13 points, six goals and 16 shots on goal. She was named to the 2008 Pac-10 Conference's All-Academic Second Team and was a co-recipient of the 2007 Golden Bear Award.

Q&A With the Cal Women's Soccer Seniors: Gina Pellegrini (Oct. 26, 2009): This weekend's games against Arizona and Arizona State are the final home games of the 2009 regular season and the final home games for the squad's six seniors. This week, CalBears.com will be running a Q&A with each of the team's six seniors, and today's participant is Gina Pellegrini. Pellegrini, who hails from Santa Rosa, Calif., is a senior goalkeeper majoring in mass communications. As of Oct. 26, she has a 5-6-0 record in goal, with 22 saves and a 1.46 goals-allowed percentage. Last year, Gina Pellegrini was the primary goalkeeper, playing in 17 games, starting 15 and notching four shutouts. Pellegrini, the 2008 Italian-American Amateur Athlete of the Year, is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

Q&A With Katrin Omarsdottir (Oct. 19, 2009): The No. 17 California women's soccer team has benefitted from the talent and international playing experience of sophomore Katrin Omarsdottir. A native of Iceland, Omarsdottir was the youngest player to play in the European Cup when she was 14 years-old and recently returned from competing with the Icelandic national team in the European Championship. After scoring two goals and notching two assists in her freshman campaign last year, Omarsdottir is currently second on the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points. CalBears.com caught up with the 5-8 midfielder to discuss moving to America and more.

Q&A With Emily Shibata (Oct. 6, 2009): Junior Emily Shibata has been a key player on the California midfield for the past three years. Shibata, who has played in nine games and has one assist this year, is a Bay Area product, hailing from nearby Walnut Creek, Calif. Last year, she recovered from a preseason injury to play in the final 15 games of the 2008 season, starting two, and was also a Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention. CalBears.com talked with the 5-2 player to discover more about her.

Get to Know the Women's Soccer Freshman Class (Sept. 28, 2009): The California women's soccer team has welcomed seven freshmen to the squad for the 2009 season. CalBears.com recently sat down with the class of 2013 to learn more about each player's history, interests and experiences thus far as Golden Bears.

Q&A With Katie Suits (Sept. 21, 2009): Sophomore forward Katie Suits has helped the No. 7 California women's soccer team to its 6-1-0 record, playing in five games for the Golden Bears. With two brothers who played on collegiate soccer teams and parents who also played intercollegiate sports during their college days, Katie Suits was a natural-born soccer player. Suits has found a great niche in Berkeley, and notes that she chose Cal for its phenomenal combination of academics and athletics. CalBears.com chatted with Suits to find out more about her personality away from the pitch.

Q&A With Zulma Munoz (Sept. 16, 2009): Sophomore midfielder Zulma Munoz joined the California women's soccer team this year after playing her freshman season on the Cal club team. A native of Berkeley, Munoz did not have to go very far to find her dream school in Cal. Munoz, who is the first person in her family to go to college, is a well-rounded student-athlete who also gives back to her community. CalBears.com sat down with Munoz to find out more about the newcomer.

Q&A With Katie Benz (Sept. 2, 2009): The No. 14 California women's soccer team is returning to home action with two games against stiff competition in No. 10 Texas A&M on Sept. 4 and No. 25 Texas on Sept. 5. Sophomore Katie Benz, who has already notched a goal this season, is prepared for action this week after getting 96 minutes of playing time under her belt in the first three games, including 46 minutes in the official season opener against Nevada. Last season as a true freshman, Benz Registered the game-winning goal against Arizona with a shot to the back left corner and played in 13 games. CalBears.com talked to Katie Benz to learn more about her off the field.

Q&A With McKenna McKetty (Aug. 19, 2009): The California women's soccer team traveled to Italy this summer for the program's first-ever foreign tour. For Golden Bear junior defender/forward McKenna McKetty, it was the first trip to Europe ever. CalBears.com recently caught up with McKetty to chat about her experience in Italy.

Preseason Q&A With Neil McGuire (Aug. 13, 2009): The California women's soccer team is set to kick off what looks to be a successful 2009 season this Saturday with an exhibition match against Pacific. The Golden Bears return 15 letterwinners and five starters and welcome 10 newcomers. CalBears.com caught up with third-year head coach Neil McGuire to get his thoughts on what to expect from Cal in 2009.

Q&A With Megan Jesolva (Aug. 7, 2009): California standout junior defender/midfielder Megan Jesolva recently traveled to England with the U.S. Under-23 national team for two games against the English U-23 squad. Jesolva saw significant playing time in each of the two matches - playing 70 minutes in 2-0 loss on July 4 and the entirety of the July 6 3-1 victory. CalBears.com chatted with Jesolva to find out more about her experience playing abroad with a national team.

2008 Season Bear Features

Postseason Q&A With Katie Oakes (Nov. 14, 2008): This week, the California women's soccer team travels to Gaineville, Fla., for the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Bears take on the Gators on Friday at 4 p.m. EST at Florida's James G. Pressly Stadium. CalBears.com recently sat down with junior midfielder Katie Oakes to discuss the team's reaction to their selection and trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Q&A With the Women's Soccer 2008 Seniors (Nov. 4, 2008): This Saturday's game against Stanford will be the final home game for six seniors on the Cal women's soccer team. Rosie Aguilera, Valerie Barnes, Katherine Daiss, Torrey Delaplane, Nkechi Kanu and Nikki Schrey will all be honored prior to kickoff. CalBears.com recently sat down with the class of 2009 to discuss their time at Berkeley and plans for the future.

Q&A With Alex Morgan (July 11, 2008): California rising sophomore forward Alex Morgan helped the United States earn a berth in the FIFA Under-20 World Championships at the qualifying tournament in Mexico last month. The World Cup is slated for Nov. 19-Dec. 7, 2008, in Chile. Morgan, who hails from Diamond Bar, Calif., led the Bears in points (18) and goals (8) in 2007 on her way to earning freshman All-America recognition. She recently sat down with CalBears.com to discuss her experience representing her country.

2007 Season Bear Features

Q&A With Caitlin Hannegan (Sept. 28, 2007): Midfielder Caitlin Hannegan is one of six seniors on the 22nd-ranked California women's soccer team. An honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection in 2006, Hannegan has collected two goals and one assist through eight games in 2007. The product of nearby San Rafael, Calif., scored the gamewinner in a 1-0 overtime result against Colorado College on Sept. 2 in Berkeley.

2006 Season Q&As

Q&A With Courtney Hooker (Aug. 21, 2006): Cal junior defender Courtney Hooker was selected a preseason All-American by Soccer Buzz on the heals of earning second-team honors from the women's college soccer Web site after the 2005 season. The product of Woodland Hills, Calif., also was a first-team All-Pac-10 pick last season, helping the Bears rank seventh in the nation in goals-against average (0.475). Cal opens the 2006 season Friday, Aug. 25, against Indiana at the Wisconsin Invitational in Madison, Wis. Hooker sat down with CalBears.com to discuss the upcoming campaign, her athletic family and her interests.

Q&A With Alivia Mazura (Aug. 14, 2006): Senior Alivia Mazura is one of three returning starters to Cal's backline in 2006. Last season, she helped the Bears post a school record 0.475 goals-against average and tie Cal benchmarks for shutouts (14) and goals allowed (11). Mazura, who hails from Newport Beach, recently sat down with CalBears.com to discuss the upcoming campaign, which begins at the Wisconsin Invitational Aug. 25 and 27.


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