No. 4 Women's Soccer Hosts NCAA Second Round Game
Nov. 6, 2000
NO. 4 CAL HOSTS NCAA SECOND ROUND GAME:
Fourth-ranked California is the No. 8 seed in the 2000 48-team NCAA College Cup and earned a first-round bye. The Golden Bears await the winner of the first round Santa Clara/Cal Poly game, which the Broncos host Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., at Buck Shaw Stadium. The second round game takes place Sat., Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., at Edwards Stadium. Cal is 17-2-1 and finished second in the Pac-10 with a 7-2 mark.
CAL NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
Cal is making its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance, including three straight, in the program's 19-year history. The Bears are 7-9 lifetime in the postseason and are looking for their first NCAA victory since 1988 when they defeated Colorado College, 2-1 in OT, in a quarterfinal game. The last two years Cal opened the playoffs with first round road games, losing 2-1 to Pacific in 1998 and 2-0 to BYU in 1999. Cal hasn't hosted an NCAA Tournament game since a first-round game in 1988 but is 6-0 in home NCAA games.
CAL VS. THE 2000 NCAA FIELD:
The Bears are 7-2-1 against teams selected to this year's NCAA College Cup. The victories are against Wake Forest (2-1), San Jose State (4-0), San Diego (3-0), Washington State (2-1), Stanford (2-0), Arizona State (3-0) and USC (2-1 2OT). Cal's only two losses this season are to No. 2 seed Washington (2-1) and to No. 6 seed UCLA (4-1), while its tie is to Santa Clara (1-1 2OT).
RECORD 17 WINS POSTED IN 2000:
Cal posted a school record 17 victories (17-2-1 mark) in 2000, surpassing the 1986, '87 and '88 squads. The 1986 team finished 16-3-1, while the '87 squad was 16-1-1 and the '88 team was 16-5-2.
SHUTOUTS THE NORM FOR BEARS:
This season, Cal shut out its opponents 12 times, while never being held scoreless in 20 games. The Bears opened the season with five-straight shutouts and finished the season with back-to-back shutouts. The school record for shutouts in a season is 14, set by the 1988 squad.
BEARS PERFECT AT HOME IN 2000:
Cal is 10-0 this season at Edwards Stadium and has won 12-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 16-4 at the venue. The Bears have outscored their opponents 34-1 at Edwards Stadium, with the only goal allowed coming in a 2-1 victory over Colorado College. One of the most memorable home games of this year was a 12-0 throttling of No. 25 James Madison, Sept. 1.
CAL IN THE POLLS:
After being unranked in all five of the preseason soccer polls, it didn't take long for Cal to climb each poll after opening the year 8-0. It has been ranked in the top 10 for the last eight weeks in at least one poll. In the final polls released Nov. 6, Cal finished a season-best No. 4 in both the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz polls and No. 7 in the NSCAA poll. Below is how Cal has done in each of the five major polls. Underline equals season-best ranking.
Date NSCAA SA Soccer Buzz ASW Soccer TimesPreseason NR NR RV NR RVAug. 28 no poll no poll 24 no poll no pollSept. 4 25 NR 15 N/A 25Sept. 11 25 NR 12 22 20Sept. 18 11 10 9 14 16Sept. 25 8 9 7 12 13Oct. 2 7 9 7 9 10Oct. 9 10 9 11 11 11Oct. 16 8 8 9 11 9Oct. 23 6 5 5 7t 7Oct. 30 8 7 6 12 8Nov. 7 7 4 4 no poll ?
BEARS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN TEAM CATEGORIES:
At the end of the regular season, Cal ranks among the national leaders for various team categories. The Bears are tied for eighth for winning percentage (.875) with Clemson and rank ninth for goals-against average (0.58) and shutout percentage (0.600)
SCHOTT TIES FAWCETT FOR SCHOOL RECORD FOR GOALS:
Sophomore forward Laura Schott has proven she is one of the best strikers in the nation this season. The Wilsonville, Ore., native added an insurance goal in the 36h minute off an assist from senior defender Tami Pivnick vs. OSU Nov. 3, tying her with U.S. national team member Joy (Bielfeld) Fawcett (1986-89) for the school record for goals in a season. Schott finished the regular season as the Pac-10 leader for points with 47, with freshman Marcie Ward of Stanford second with 38. Her nine game-winnng goals also was tops in the league. Nationally, Schott ranks second for goals/game at 1.21 and eighth for points/game at 2.47.
ZABALA SETS SCHOOL SHUTOUT RECORD:
Senior goalkeeper Maite Zabala entered the 2000 campaign in third in school history with 17 career shutouts, three behind former U.S. national team member Mary Harvey (20 - 1983-86) and five back of Karen Cook (22 - 1993-96). The tri-captain from Boise, Idaho, has 9.5 shutouts this season, sitting atop the Cal career ladder with 26.5. She broke the Cal mark with a 4-0 solo shutout of SJSU, Sept. 22. A two-time first team All-Pac-10 pick, she also ranks ninth nationally with a career-best 0.57 goals-against average.
STUHLMUELLER CLIMBS TO SECOND ALL-TIME AT CAL FOR ASSISTS:
Senior outside midfielder Natalie Stuhlmueller began the year ranked fourth at Cal with 14 career assists. With five assists in 2000, the two-time first team All-Pac-10 honoree has moved into second all-time at Cal with 20. With a strong postseason, she could surpass Fawcett, who sits atop the Bear chart with 23. Stuhlmueller, from Los Gatos, is tied for third on the team in scoring this year with 13 points (4G, 5A), five of those points coming in the last three weeks of the season.
SABO RETURNS TO FRESHMAN YEAR FORM:
Junior forward Kyla Sabo teamed with Schott to form one of the Pac-10's best frontlines. The Fremont native rebounded from a sub-par sophomore season to finish second on the team with 20 points on six goals and a team-best eight assists. Six of her assists helped set up Schott's 23 goals. Sabo's lone game-winning goal came in Cal's 2-0 win over Arizona. As a freshman, Sabo led the Bears with 18 points but injuries slowed her down as she tallied only two points as a sophomore in 1999.
BACKLINE GELS FOR CAL IN 2000:
With Cal's attack minded system, the Bears are fortunate to have three veteran defenders who have helped them also be a dominating defensive team this season. Cal's backline features fifth-year senior tri-captains Tami Pivnick and Amy White (Zabala is the other captain), along with redshirt sophomore Ashley Mueller. They have helped their team obtain their current No. 9 national ranking for goals-against average (0.58). In addition, the trio have contributed to Cal's attack this year, with Pivnick ranking fifth on the team in scoring with eight points (2G, 4A) and White contributing a goal and an assist and Mueller adding a 30-yard goal vs. Arizona. In addition to the starting defensive unit, part-time starter Kim Stocklmeier (soph.), Shanon McNab (junior) and Kathleen Cain (freshman) have also contributed to the Bears success.
SOCCER BUZZ RANKS CAL'S NEWCOMERS 4TH NATIONALLY:
Soccer Buzz ranked the Bears 2000 recruiting class No. 4 nationally. The Bears were ahead of three '99 College Cup participants - Penn State (No. 6), Santa Clara (No. 7) and Notre Dame (No. 9). Two of those freshmen - Kim Yokers and Ashley Valenzuela (walk-on) - have started most of the season in the Bears midfield.
Cal won all five tournaments it competed in this season...def. Cathleen Cain has scored on both of her shot attempts this year...the Bears 54 goals is close to the school record of 58...14 different players have scored for the Bears and 19 players have at least one point...Cal has earned two Pac-10 Player of the Week selections (Schott, Zabala) and five picks to the Soccer America Team of the Week (Pivnick (2), Sabo (1), Zabala (1), Brittany Kirk (1)).
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA AND CAL POLY
Santa Clara: SCU, a 1999 final four participant, is 13-6-1 and 4-3 in the WCC. The Broncos tied Cal, 1-1, Sept. 24 at the Bay Area Classic, and the Bears lead the all-time series, 11-9-2. Kristi Candau leads the Broncos attack with 24 points (9G, 6A). SCU has given up 29 goals this year.
Cal Poly: Cal Poly is 11-6-1 and 6-2 in the Big West and is making its second-consecutive NCAA appearance as back-to-back conference champions. Sophomore forw. Megan Schlegel leads the team with 20 points (9G, 7A), but the Mustangs are also sound defensively, allowing only 13 goals in 2000. Cal leads the all-time series 3-1 with the last meeting being a 2-1 OT road win in 1997.