Schott Earns Soccer America MVP Honors
Jan. 17, 2001
BERKELEY - California sophomore forward Laura Schott was one of 11 players selected Wednesday as a Soccer America MVP, honoring the best collegiate players in the country for the 2000 season.
This honor comes on the heels of Schott earning first team All-America recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and from Soccer Buzz (national women's collegiate Web site). Schott was one of three Pac-10 players named a Soccer America MVP.
Schott was the first Golden Bear to be named an NSCAA first team All-American since U.S. national team member Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett was selected in 1989. Cal's last NSCAA All-American was Erika Hinton, who earned second team honors in 1993.
A first team All-Pac-10 pick from Wilsonville, Ore., Schott finished the 2000 season as the Pac-10's leader for points (47), goals (23) and game-winning goals (9). Her 23 goals tied Fawcett's school record set in 1987. Nationally, Schott concluded the year ranked third for goals per game at 1.15 and 10th 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.
Schott's offensive exploits combined with Cal's 10th-ranked defense (0.65 goals-against average) helped the Bears put together one of the best seasons in school history. Cal 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 by Soccer America.
Soccer America MVPsPos. Name Class SchoolG Hope Solo So. WashingtonD Heather Aldama Sr. Santa ClaraD Jenny Benson Sr. NebraskaD Danielle Borgman Jr. North CarolinaD Lauren Orlandos So. PortlandM Anne Makinen Sr. Notre DameM Mary-Frances Monroe Jr. ConnecticutF Laura Schott So. CaliforniaF Meredith Florance Sr. North CarolinaF Stephanie Rigamat Jr. UCLAF Christie Welsh So. Penn State