There is a full slate of college soccer this weekend in Berkeley, with Cal’s men and women’s teams both playing two games against nationally-ranked teams.
The women have a tougher pair of games, with No. 10 Texas and No. 3 Texas A&M coming into Edwards Stadium. This weekend is a rematch of last season’s trip to the Lone Star state by the Golden Bears (2-0).
Texas (2-0) is led by forward Kelly Wilson, who recently returned from playing for the U.S. National Team at the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship. The Longhorns fell to Cal 2-1 last year in Austin.
The Bears will be looking to avenge their first loss of last season against Texas A&M (2-0). The Aggies won 3-1 in College Station.
Cal will welcome back senior forward Laura Schott, who missed last Sunday’s game against Purdue after drawing two yellow cards in the previous game. The Bears got some scoring punch from their freshmen last weekend, as winger Tracy Hamm scored two goals while classmate Dania Cabello racked up a goal and an assist against the Boilermakers.
The Cal men will also face a team from Texas, No. 7 Southern Methodist, which is Cal head coach Kevin Grimes’ alma mater. The Bears will also face Portland, which outscored its opponents 9-1 at last week’s Nike Portland Invitational.
The Bears started with a disappointing showing at last weekend’s Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles, falling 3-0 to Cal State Northridge before tying the host team 0-0. The youthful Cal squad is 75 percent underclassmen, led by the talented trio of Mike Munoz, Angel Quintero and Carl Acosta.
Both the men will play before the women both Friday and Sunday at Edwards Stadium. The men take on Portland at 2 p.m. on Friday with the women facing Texas afterward, while Sunday’s action will kick off at 1 p.m.