No. 6 Women's Soccer Closes Out Regular Season At Home Vs. the Oregon Schools
Oct. 30, 2000
NO. 6 CAL CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON:
Cal has its final preparation for the NCAA Tournament at home against the Oregon schools this week. Friday, the Golden Bears host Oregon State at 3 p.m., and Sunday they entertain Oregon at 12:30 p.m. Cal is in third-place in the Pac-10 at 5-2 and can finish as high as second with two victories this weekend and a UCLA loss to Arizona or ASU. Washington clinched its first Pac-10 title Sunday. The 48-team NCAA College Cup field will be announced Sunday at 7 p.m. PT. The Bears may receive a bye and possibly a seed.
HARVEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO CAL HALL OF FAME:
Former Cal goalkeeper Mary Harvey (1983-86) is one of eight athletes who will be inducted into Cal's Hall of Fame Friday. Harvey will also be honored at half-time of the Cal-Oregon game. During her time at Cal, she was named the 1986 National Goalkeeper of the Year and after graduation earned a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
SCOUTING THE OREGON SCHOOLS:
Oregon State is 6-11-2 and ninth in the Pac-10 at 0-5-2. Dante Lipfert leads the club with 11 points (5G, 1A). Oregon enters the final week of the season 4-13-1 and eighth in the league with a 1-5-1 mark. The Ducks are led by Chalise Baysa's 13 points (6G, 1A). Cal leads the series with OSU, 8-2, and with Oregon, 3-0.
BEARS SPLIT WITH LA SCHOOLS:
Cal travelled to Los Angeles with a Pac-10 title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament still within its reach. The Bears started the weekend with a hard-fought 2-1 double overtime victory over an extremely physical USC team. Sophomore forward Laura Schott continued her red-hot scoring, putting the Bears up 1-0 with a goal in the 80th minute. Less than a minute later, USC's Jessica Edwards tallied the equalizer. With 1:15 left in the final OT period, sophomore midfielder Brittany Kirk scored on a cross from senior forward Regina Holan. The goal was her second game-winner, both in OT. UCLA led 1-0 at the half and built a 3-0 lead before Schott helped Cal avert its first shutout loss of the year with a goal at 73:25. With Cal pushing up in the attack, UCLA was able to tack on an insurance goal for the 4-1 victory.
CAL PERFECT AT HOME:
Cal is 8-0 this season at Edwards Stadium and has won 10-consecutive games at its home facility, dating back to a 3-2 OT loss to UCLA, Oct. 24, 1999. Since Edwards Stadium opened prior to the 1999 season, Cal is 14-4-0 at the venue.
BEARS IN SEARCH OF SCHOOL RECORD VICTORY TOTAL:
If Cal wins both of its games this week, it will surpass the 1986, '87 and '88 teams school record of 16 victories in a season. This year's Bears are 15-2-1, which is the second-best season in school history. The 1987 Cal team went 16-0 before losing in the NCAA semifinal to UNC, 4-0.
CAL IN THE POLLS: Cal has been ranked in the top 10 in either the Soccer America or the NSCAA polls for seven-consecutive weeks as of Oct. 30. The Bears dropped two spots in both the SA (No. 7) and NSCAA (No. 8) polls and one sport in the Soccer Buzz poll (No. 6) this week. Since 1990, Cal was as high as No. 2 in the NSCAA poll in Oct. 1993, after edging No. 2 SCU, 1-0.
SCHOTT IN SEARCH OF CAL GOALS AND POINTS RECORDS:
Schott has 45 points on 22 goals and one assist and continues to lead the Pac-10 in both categories. The Wilsonville, Ore., native is one goal away from tying Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett's Cal season goal record (23) and nine points shy of matching Fawcett's point record (54). Schott also is looking to become Cal's first first team All-American since Fawcett was named in 1989.
ZABALA ALSO GUNNING FOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS:
While Schott is putting up the offensive numbers, senior goalkeeper Maite Zabala has been the anchor of one of the best defenses in the nation. Even after allowing three goals to UCLA, her GAA is a career-best 0.62. Zabala has eight shutouts this year and is first all-time at Cal with 25. The defensive unit of Tami Pivnick, Amy White and Ashley Mueller has been a big factor in Zabala's success in 2000.
Cal is in search of its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament bid...the Bears 48 goals are six more than last season...four Bears have double-figure points - Schott (45), Kyla Sabo (20), Kirk (12), Stuhlmueller (11).