Zabala, Pivnick, Stuhlmueller Named to Umbro Select All-Star Tournament
Dec. 27, 2000
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - California senior soccer players Maite Zabala, Tami Pivnick and Natalie Stuhlmueller have been selected to compete in the Umbro Select Senior All-Star Tournament, Feb. 1-4, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Held in early February each year, the Umbro Select features a major international soccer match along with all-star games with the top men's and women's senior collegiate players from throughout the United States. The men's college players were divided into two teams, while the women were divided into four with the Cal players competing on the West squad.
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.
Pivnick helped anchor the 10th-best team defense (0.645) in the nation this season, earning her third team All-America recognition from Soccer Buzz. 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.
A speedy and crafty outside midfielder, Stuhlmueller earned second team All-Pac-10 honors this year after tying for third on the team with 13 points (4G, 5A). As a junior, she was a first team all-conference pick. The Los Gatos product ended her Cal career ranked second on the school's career assist chart with 20. She has been a fixture in the Bears midfield over the last four years, starting in 78 of the 83 games which she donned a Cal jersey.
The 2000 season was one of the best ever for the Cal program. The Bears posted a 17-3-1 record, placed second in the Pac-10 at 7-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 17 wins broke the previous school record of 16 set in 1986, '87 and '88. The Bears ended the year ranked as high as No. 4 nationally by Soccer America.