The USC California soccer team’s game on Saturday was canceled due to COVID-19 cases among the Golden Bears.
Cal is asking Pac-12 to reschedule the game this season, the school said Tuesday.
This is the first Pac-12 and COVID-19 delay for the 2021 season and is considered one of the first among the Power Five schools a year after the pandemic caused major changes to the American football schedule.
The Trojans (4-5, 3-4 Pac-12 Conference) and the Golden Bears (3-6, 2-4) were scheduled to fight on Saturday at 4:00 pm in a game broadcast on the Pac-12 network.
Instead, the struggling USC gets a goodbye before hosting a UCLA challenger at the Coliseum on Nov. 20.
“It was not easy to postpone Saturday’s game against USC,” said University of California sporting director Jim Knowlton in a press release. “We know how important each of our games is to our student athletes, especially our seniors, who were incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right decision. Due to the additional influence on certain groups of positions, we decided to postpone Saturday’s game. We have had several positives on COVID-19 through our program and are doing everything in our power to mitigate the spread and protect the wider community. ”
Cal had to compete without 24 players and five assistant coaches during a 10-3 defeat to Arizona last week, which ended the Wildcats’ 20-game losing streak after a group of players tested positive for COVID-19 and others were delayed. in strict accordance with the rules. an interpretation of Berkeley’s post-COVID-19 quarantine regulations.
Golden Bears coach Justin Wilcox was clearly disappointed during his post-match press conference, talking about the impact of his limited roster on his team’s chances of beating Arizona.
Defender Cal Chase Garbers, who missed the game in Arizona, tweeted Monday complaining about the city and university testing, despite no local regulation mandating such coercion on fully vaccinated players who show no symptoms of COVID-19.
Now Cal’s task is to convince Pac-12 to reschedule the USC game. Prior to the start of the season, Pac-12 informed schools that any league game canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak would be considered confiscated and the planned opponent would be rewarded with a victory, but the commissioner would have the right to review each case.
“We are sincere with all the people who love our games so much, and especially the players who have so many chances to come out and play them,” Wilcox said. “The postponement of this game was an extreme measure and none of us wanted to do it, but on Saturday we didn’t have the opportunity to field a team.”