Zabala Named MVP of Cal Women's Soccer Team For Second-Straight Season

Dec. 6, 2000

BERKELEY - Senior Maite Zabala was named MVP of the California women's soccer team for the second-straight year Wednesday night at the annual team awards banquet at the Haas Pavilion Club Room. Also for back-to-back seasons, sophomore Laura Schott was selected the Bears Offensive MVP, and senior Tami Pivnick earned Defensive MVP recognition.

Zabala, who hails from Boise, Idaho, became the Bears all-time leader for career shutouts during the 2000 season. Her 9.5 shutouts this year boosted her career total to 26.5, breaking Karen Cook's (1993-96) previous record of 22. Zabala finished the 2000 season with the 10th-best goals-against average in the nation at 0.64 and ended her career with an outstanding 0.88 GAA, allowing 61 goals in 6,205 minutes minding the Bears net.

A forward from Wilsonville, Ore., Schott finished the season as the Pac-10's leader for points (47), goals (23) and game-winning goals (9). A 2000 first-team all-league pick, Schott's 23 goals tied U.S. national team member Joy Fawcett's school record set in 1987. Nationally, Schott concluded the year ranked second for goals per game at 1.15 and ninth for points per contest at 2.35. After two years in Berkeley, Schott ranks third in school history for goals (34) and fourth for points (77) and is on pace to break Fawcett's records of 55 and 133, respectively.

Pivnick helped anchor the 10th-best team defense (0.645) in the nation this season. The sweeper from West Hills, Calif., also found ways to contribute to Cal's attack in 2000, tying for fifth on the team with eight points (2 goals, 4 assists). Her outstanding efforts on the field and in the classroom helped Pivnick earn a selection to the second team All-Pac-10 (athletic) team and the first team Academic All-Pac-10 squad.

All awards with the exception of the Coaches Award were voted on by members of the 2000 Cal women's soccer team. Other awards presented included:

Freshman of the Year: Ashley Valenzuela

Most Improved Player: Alea Kerch

Most Inspirational: Shanon McNab

Golden Bear Award: Maite Zabala

Coaches Award: Amy White and Gabby Ronick

California wrapped up the season with a 17-3-1 overall record, second in the Pac-10 at 7-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears ended the year ranked as high as No. 4 by Soccer America. The 17 wins broke the previous school record of 16 set in 1986, '87 and '88.

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