Five Bears earn Pac-12 honors

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From left to right, top to bottom: Maya Evans, Emma Westin, Emily Smith, Amaya Gray and Angelina Anderson

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On Wednesday, five days after the final game of the Cal women’s soccer team’s spring 2020-21 season, the Pac-12 announced honors for five different Bears: Angelina Anderson, Emma Westin, Emily Smith, Amaya Gray and Maya Evans.

After playing all 90 minutes in every game this season for the Bears, sophomore goalkeeper Anderson made the All-Pac-12 Second Team. She collected 75 total saves on the season – the second-most in the conference – with an elite save percentage of nearly 82. Earlier this year, Anderson was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week shortly after earning a clean sheet against Stanford.

Senior forward Emma Westin and senior defender Emily Smith made the All-Pac-12 Third Team. Westin scored three goals in nine appearances and tied forward Keely Roy as the team’s top goal-scorer this season. On the opposite side of the pitch, Smith anchored Cal’s back line, contributing to the team’s four total clean sheets. Both veteran players will return to play with the team in the fall.

Earning their stripes on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team are forward Amaya Gray and defender Maya Evans. Gray, a Bay Area local from East Palo Alto, played more than 600 minutes this season and played a critical role in the Bears’ attack. Most notably, she scored a game-winning goal in overtime against Arizona State on April 2. Evans, who often paired alongside fellow defender Smith, started in 12 of Cal’s 14 games and played a little more than 1,000 total minutes – the fifth-most by any player on the team.

Ryan Chien covers women’s soccer. Contact him at [email protected].