SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The California Golden Bears were supposed to host Pac-12 opponents USC on Nov. 13.
The game scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to more California soccer student-athletes testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from Cal.
Several Golden Bears players have tested positive and are unable to practice or play this week.
“It was a difficult decision to postpone Saturday’s game against USC,” Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said in a statement. “We know how important each of our games are to our student-athletes, especially our seniors who have been incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do.”
Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said it was not possible for them to field a team against the Trojans.
The match has been postponed to December 4.
Cal Chase Garbers quarterback speaks out
On behalf of student-athletes, Cal quarterback Chase Garbers posted a lengthy message on Twitter expressing his frustrations with the university’s health services.
Garbers said the university was inconsistent in its COVID-19 testing mandate.
He said the tests are not mandatory but highly recommended.
However, Garbers added that university officials forced the team to test with the threat of calling off games if the players refused.
“We’ve worked too hard for anyone to take all of this away from us, it’s wrong,” Garbers wrote. “We deserve answers and transparent communication.”
Garbers retweeted this tweet from teammate Luc Bequette.
The Golden Bears’ next scheduled game is at Stanford on Nov. 20.