Bears face Broncos in the first round of the NCAA championship

Bears face Broncos in the first round of the NCAA championship

Peter Fukumae

The Bears are competing in the NCAA Championships for the 27th time.

This is Cal and Santa Clara’s seventh meeting of the postseason

BERKELEY – California women’s soccer kicks off the postseason Saturday in the first round of the 2022 NCAA championship with a Bay Area rivalry game against Santa Clara. The game will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Buck Shaw Field at Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara

The Broncos will be the Bears’ first-round opponents for the third straight season. This is the seventh time the two programs have faced each other in the NCAA championship and the sixth time they have met in the first round. The first time Cal and Santa Clara met in the postseason was in 2000 when they faced each other in the second round.

Cal and Santa Clara played a nonconference matchup on September 11 in Santa Clara and the Bears beat the Broncos 1-0. It was one of nine clean sheets Cal would concede in the 2022 regular season and one of six for Cal keeper Angelina Anderson. Anya Grey scored the winning goal in the 28th minute, assisted by Karlie Lema.

The Bears’ regular season ended in a five-game unbeaten streak after they drew 1-1 with No. 7 Stanford in the Finals. Lema equalized to lead Cal to the tie, her fifth goal of the season.

Cal goes into the postseason with a 10-4-6 overall record and a 5-3-3 final record in conference play. The Bears finished fourth in the final Pac-12 standings, making the top four for the first time since 2015. The team also boasts three All-Pac-12 Second Team honors SydneyCollins, Kelly Roy and Ayo Oke.

The first round of the 2022 NCAA championship is the seventh postseason meeting between the Bears and the Broncos and their third straight first round meeting. Of the seven games, the last six were all first-round games. The first time the two teams met in the postseason was in 2000 in the second round of the tournament.

Season Honors Summary
Three Golden Bears – SydneyCollins, Kelly Roy and Ayo Oke – were named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2022. The three led Cal to a fourth-place finish in the Pac-12, the first time the program has finished in the top four since 2015.

Earlier in the season, three bears were also honored with weekly Pac-12 conference awards. On September 12, Cal Keeper Angelina Anderson won Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week and Collins was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Collins received the same honor a second time just a week later, on September 19.

Roy also received a weekly award and was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on October 10. She was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week that same week.

Kelly Roy started the 2022 season on fire, scoring a brace in Cal’s win over UC San Diego. It was the first time a Bear had a multi-goal game in almost three years, the most recent being on September 6, 2019 when Emma Westin scored two goals against USD. It was Roy’s first of three games in which she scored a brace this season.

Roy has now scored 11 goals this season, finishing second in the conference. She’s 5-6 on penalty conversions this season.

Ari Manrique had her best week in a Cal jersey when the sophomore scored in games against UNLV and Penn to close out the game outside of conference. She also provided an assist against Penn to have five points on the week, surpassing her points total from the entire 2021 season. Manrique’s play helped Cal score his side’s best five goals in two games.

Cal has had one of the best defenses in the country so far this season. The Bears have only allowed 60 shots on goal this season, which is just three shots on goal per game. Cal has conceded more than one goal and made six shutouts in just two games this year, including four straight during a stretch. The Bears have conceded just 16 goals in 20 games.

Angelina Anderson At 238 in her career, she is now fifth on Cal’s all-time save list. Anderson also has 26 career shutouts plus three other combined shutouts and is second on the school’s all-time shutouts list, having recorded shutouts against Saint Mary’s, Cal State Fullerton, Santa Clara, Arizona, Oregon State, Colorado and Utah.

Anderson was named 2019 National Freshman of the Year, as well as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She was the first player to win both Freshman of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year in the conference. She was honored as a second-team All-Pac-12 in 2020-21 and a third-team in 2021 for proving to be one of the top shotstoppers in the nation.

The Bears are bringing back most of the squad that played in the 2021 season. The squad ended the season with a three-win improvement over the previous season.

For the 2022 season, 30 players are returning from last year’s squad and just five players who saw minutes last year left. Cal brings back 149 starts from last year’s team. Cal is also bringing back 14 of the 15 players who scored last year, including 17 of the 18 goals and all 17 assists.

The Bears are returning student-athletes who had a combined 352 starts and 626 games in their Cal careers ahead of the 2022 season.

Cal sophomore Ayo Oke and newbie Teagan Wy competed with Team USA at the U20 World Cup in August. The duo were selected for the team after playing numerous age groups with the national team and impressing all spring.

Oke played in two games for the United States while Wy served as a backup goaltender.

Cal added three players to the roster for the 2022 season. Cal’s lone newcomer is a goalkeeper Teagan Wywho has been to 11 different camps and tournaments with USYNT and was rated 18th best prospect in the class of 2022. She helped USA as the starting goalkeeper to the 2018 CONCACAF Championship.

The bears also add a familiar face Kailee Gifford. Gifford spent four seasons at Cal, playing in 50 games and making 31 starts as a defenseman. She joined Pepperdine last year and started all 10 games before getting injured. She returns to Cal to use her final year of eligibility in 2022.

The bears add My Daily to the team in 2022 as a transfer from Long Beach State. Daily started out as a center back for The Beach, helping them lead the Big West in goals against average and being named to the All-Big West Freshman Team.

The Bears signed the top-ranked recruiting class in the country in 2021, according to TopDrawerSoccer. The group of 12 players are in their second year in the program after some outstanding performances as freshmen.

Noelle Bond Flasza, Cailin Bloom, Courtney Boone, Maya Griffin, Velize King, Kei Kitamura, Karlie Lema, Ari Manrique, Aasha McLyn, Ayo Oke, Aaliyah Schiman, Alexis Wright and Jordan Young form the class.

Three of the Bears’ top four scorers in 2021 were freshmen: Karlie Lema (6 goals, 12 points) led the team Ari Manrique (1 goal, 4 points), Jordan Young (1 goal, 3 points) and Ayo Oke (1 goal, 3 points) also had an immediate impact.

Noelle Bond Flasza (16 games), Courtney Boone (8 starts, Pac-12 Defender of the Week), Maya Griffin, Alexis Wright (2 templates) and Velize King have seen all the time.

Oke, Bond-Flasza and Wright impressed enough to be called up to their respective national teams for the CONCACAF U20 Championship in 2022.

Of the 12 recruits, 11 were ranked in the top-200, including #25 Oke, #28 Manrique, and #36 Lema. TopDrawerSoccer rated nine recruits four stars and two three stars. Seven athletes have national team experience.

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