Helps team beat Stanford for first time in eight years
By Allen Payton
Angelina Anderson from Danville, is a sophomore at U.C. Berkeley and plays goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, for which she’s been chosen captain. Not only did Anderson help the team in their big win over rival and reigning national champion Stanford, with her nine saves on Saturday, March 20, but she is the reigning National Freshman of the Year as named by TopDrawerSoccer in 2019.
Angie, as she is known by family and friends, is a homegrown protege. Born and raised in Danville, she played for the Mustang Soccer club, which is part of the Elite Clubs National League program. Anderson captained the U.S. World Cup National Under-17 team in Uruguay. In 2019 she was 2nd Team All American, First Team All-Pacific, First Team All-Region, and First Team All-Pac-12 and Cal women soccer’s MVP, also as a freshman. Angie is also the first player to win both PAC 12 Freshman of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year in 2019. (See video)
In high school, Anderson was the United Soccer Coaches’, TopDrawerSoccer, and USA TODAY All-American at Carondelet in Concord. She was First Team All-EBAL as a sophomore and junior and helped Carondelet win back-to-back EBAL Championships.
“She is an amazing local talent and role model,” shared dad, Sean Anderson, a cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist in San Ramon. “Yes, I’m a bit biased. She is a positive ambassador for all young women pursuing academic and athletic excellence.”
The 6’0” tall Angie is from a family of athletes. Sean played football at Iowa and Angie’s mother, Lisa, ran track at San Francisco State University.
On her birthday, Monday, March 22 she was named the PAC-12 Goalie of the Week. It marked Anderson’s first player of the week nod of the season, and the first weekly honor for the Golden Bears this spring. Anderson was also featured in the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for the week of March 15-21. The sophomore received keeper of the week honors three times in 2019.
“I’m very honored to receive Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week after an awesome victory over Stanford on Saturday,” Anderson said during the . “I’m proud of our performance as a team and I’m excited about getting a big result. It’s only up from here for this team! Go Bears!”
In Cal’s victory against the Cardinal, Anderson faced 20 shots, another season-high for the Danville native. On her thoughts before saving a late penalty kick versus No. 20 Stanford: “This is it. You got to make this save. This is big time,” Anderson said during a postgame interview.
“We are happy for Angelina,” said head coach Neil McGuire. “She, along with her teammates, played very well in the game versus Stanford.”
“Everything Sean said is true and if I may add, the most humble person I have ever met, with the biggest heart I know. But when it comes to winning for her team, she brings it like no other,” said Angie’s aunt, Lana Battagello, a Danville Realtor and no stranger to sports, as owner of Lana’s Egg Whites used by body builders and other athletes. “Also, she has traveled to many countries for her sport at a young age. She loves to travel.”
“If I had to say anything else, it is of one fond memory of when Angelina would come to my house and spend the night. I would say ‘let’s head out to the movies, Angelina, there is a good one playing up at Blackhawk.’ She would look at me with that bright smile and say, ‘Oh, that sounds good, but I must complete my homework first.’ And that was on a Friday night!”
“I was always in awe of her as a little kid and still today. She brings incredible joy to our family,” Battagello added.
When reached for comment, Angelina said about her experience as the Cal Berkeley goalkeeper, “So far my experience at Cal has been incredible. I love Cal.”
“Something I’m super excited about is that I came in as a freshman and made an impact on the team. That’s what I wanted to be able to do no matter which school I attended,” she continued. “And to really get to know my teammates at a deep level. It’s super awesome. I love all the girls. It’s been a really great experience, so far.”
Asked for her thoughts on all the accolades she’s received Angelina said, “The honors and accolades, it’s pretty cool to receive those things. It makes me really humble and honored to play with some really talented players.”
Asked about and her plans for the future, if she would like to go pro, Angelina responded, “I’m just loving my college experience, right now. I’m trying to get through my studies. But yes, playing pro is something I’ve thought about and I’ll cross that bridge when I have to.”
The student athlete said she is studying psychology. Asked what she plans to do with her major, Angie said, “I’m not exactly sure, yet what route I want to take with psychology. I’ve just really enjoyed the classes.”
Mom, Lisa also shared some thoughts about her daughter.
“Angelina, she’s just a very grateful person. She’s always someone who gives credit to others,” her proud mother said. “There’s so much truth to that in her developing as an athlete, from Club Mustang, to high school at Carondolet to her coaches, and other great players. They have contributed so much to her success. Particularly her Coach Neil McGuire and her Goalie Coach Cori Alexander. When she was being recruited, that’s who she compared everyone else to. They’ve been exceptional people in her life, on and off the field.”
“Coming in young like that I was wondering what it would be like for the upper classmen,” Lisa continued. “But her ability to connect well with others shows initiative and it doesn’t surprise me she was chosen captain.
“Angelina is an only child, but always had a big white dog around as a brother,” said Lisa, who had the number 10 Great Pyrenees show dog in the country. Like her sister, Lana, Lisa is a Realtor and also has a big dog walking business, as well as cats and rides horses for clients.
“Everyone knows Angelina as this amazing soccer player. But she’s a diverse person,” her mom continued. “She loves to read. She’s a fantastic writer. English is her second choice for a major and she loves music. She has a play list like no other. She’s also an excellent skier and loves her ‘Black Crows’ skis.”
“She’s just a lovely gal. Very joyful,” Lisa added.
Dad, Sean offered one final comment. “I’m so proud of her, especially knowing how her life since seven years old has been 100% committed to this endeavor,” he shared. “The sacrifices and perseverance she has endured are impossible to explain.”