Women's soccer looks to surprise California teams
After being swept in Los Angeles by USC and UCLA last weekend, the UA women's soccer team is looking for some redemption against Stanford and California this weekend.
The Wildcats (6-6-0 overall, 0-3-0 Pacific 10 Conference) have never beaten a California team in the Pac-10.
"I would love to beat one of those teams, that would be awesome," junior goalkeeper Inger Airheart said. "It can definitely happen."
The Cardinal (9-3-0 overall) are lead by senior forward Kelly Adamson, who has six goals and one assist (13 points), and freshman midfielder Becky Myers, who has tallied six goals (12 points).
"Stanford, I mean if you look at their roster they have just an abundance of talent on their team," UA head coach Lisa Fraser said.
Even though UA is in the midst of a two game losing streak, they are still confident in their abilities to pull off a big victory this weekend.
"I will be bold and say I think that we will beat Cal, no questions in my mind," sophomore midfielder Twila Kaufman said.
The game against Stanford is at 7 p.m. tonight and the Cal game is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday. Both games are played at Murphey Stadium.
Stanford and Cal awaiting surging Wildcat volleyball
The UA women's volleyball team, fresh off of a sweep of Washington and Washington State, head to Northern California this weekend for one of the season's most challenging road trips.
The No. 18 Wildcats (11-4 overall, 5-2 Pacific 10 Conference) will take on No. 7 Stanford tonight and unranked California tomorrow.
UA head coach David Rubio was quick to point out the importance of both matches.
"You've got to take care of business on both fronts," Rubio said. "A lot of teams go into Stanford and work for the upset and just overlook Cal. We can't take the back end of the series lightly."
Tonight's match against the Cardinal (12-2, 6-1) will arguably be the most challenging of the season.
Stanford is a team which has won six Pac-10 titles and four NCAA titles in the 90s, while putting together a .923 winning percentage in conference play and a 132-7 record including 33 straight victories.
UA cross country teams head to pre-NCAA meet
Senior Micheil Jones and sophomore Tara Chaplin will again be the catalyst's for the UA cross country teams this weekend as they head to Bloomington, Ind. to compete at the Pre-NCAA Invitational.
The races will take place on the Indiana University cross country course. The men's 8,000-meter race will begin at 10 a.m. (EST) followed by the women's 5,000m race at 11:15 a.m.
"This meet is going to be huge in terms of how well we do at the NCAA championships," UA head coach Dave Murray said. "It's our last chance to compete against teams in other regions."
There will be some tough competition for the Wildcats though, as the women are up against six of the top ten teams in the nation, while the men have three of the top teams in the nation staring at them in the face.