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How Pac 12 goalkeeper Drake Callender of Fair Oaks earned player of the week honors

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The Pac 12 Conference has named a soccer player from Fair Oaks as the player of the week.

Drake Callender earned his first collegiate player of the week honor on Tuesday as a sophomore goalkeeper for the Cal Bears men’s soccer team. The 6-foot-3 net tender received the accolade after making a career-high nine saves against Portland on Saturday. The Bears won the match.

Portland fired 18 shots at Berkeley’s net and Callender stopped nine out of 10 shots on goal from hitting the back of the net, according to Cal Athletics. The most critical save came in the 90th minute on a penalty kick to force extended play.

Callender, who played for Bella Vista before transferring to Cambrian International Academy, is leading the league with 20 saves. He played for club teams at Placer United and Cap FC United.

“HIs focus is all about improving and he continues to progress with that mindset each week. That’s a great attribute to have,” said Cal coach Kevin Grimes.

Callender and Cal return to action Friday, hosting Yale at 4:30 p.m. The game is on the Pac-12 Networks.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio