No. 8 Women's Soccer Shuts Out Arizona, 2-0
Oct. 22, 2000
BERKELEY - The No. 8 California women's soccer team earned its third-consecutive shutout with a 2-0 victory over Arizona Sunday at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 14-1-1 and 4-1 in the Pac-10, while Arizona dropped to 3-11-2, 0-5-1 in league play. The Bears 14 wins are the most they've posted in a season since they went 14-3-1 in 1989.
Junior forward Kyla Sabo put Cal up 1-0 when she headed senior midfielder Natalie Stuhlmueller's service from the left side into the back of the net in the eighth minute. The goal was Sabo's sixth of the season and upped her scoring total to a career-best 20 points.
Sophomore defender Ashley Mueller capped the day's scoring at 24:54 with her first collegiate goal. She corralled a loose ball and sent it into the lower-left corner of the net with her left foot from about 30-yards out.
'I hit the ball really hard, and it went in,' said Mueller. 'I didn't think the shot would be that accurate into the corner. It was great to get the opportunity to score as defenders don't usually have many chances.'
The Wildcats man-marked All-America candidate Laura Schott, the Pac-10's leading scorer, ending her string of eight-consecutive games with at least one goal. With Schott's two goals against Arizona State Friday, she leads the league with 41 points.
A heavy wind affected the tempo of the game. In the first half, Cal had the wind at its back and held an 11-3 shot advantage. With the win in the Bears faces after the intermission, both teams tallied four shots each in the second half.
'It's hard to play in, but we played pretty well,' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'The factor I don't like most as a player is the wind. I'll take rain or a little snow. The wind just isn't any fun. It affects the game quite a bit. You feel like you're running up hill when you're running into it. It changes the game. It was a good weekend for us. We got a sweep, shutouts both games. We were just better both games. We keep rolling on. Now we look towards the LA schools.'
Cal travels to Los Angeles next weekend for two matches which are critical in deciding this year's Pac-10 champion. Friday, the Bears face USC at 3 p.m., and Sunday, they square off with UCLA at 1 p.m.
Women's Soccer Result at Edwards Stadium
Arizona 0 0 -- 0California 2 0 -- 2
California Sabo (Stuhlmueller) 7:12California Mueller (unassisted) 24:54
Shots: Cal 15 (Kirk, Stuhlmueller 3), Arizona (Bartlett 3).Saves: Cal 5 (Zabala 5), Arizona 6 (Monti 5, Airheart 1).CK: Cal 4, Arizona 5.Fouls: Cal 11, Arizona 13.Yellow Cards: Cal none, Arizona: Giallonardo (60:45).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal: 14-1-1, 4-1 Pac-10, Arizona 3-11-2, 0-5-1.Attendance: 443.
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