Cal's Schott Returns After Making U.S. Women's Soccer National Team Debut

March 21, 2001

BERKELEY - Cal All-American Laura Schott became the latest Golden Bear to play for the U.S. Women's Soccer National Team on its recent tour of Europe.

The sophomore forward earned her first five caps (international appearances) for the national team in an exhibition against Italy March 7 and in four games at the Algarve Cup March 11-17 in Portugal. Schott started all four games of the Algarve Cup and scored her first international goal in the U.S.'s 4-3 loss to Norway in the fifth-place game of the eight-team tournament.

'Laura Schott is very steady, well-balanced, defends hard and is good running at people,' U.S. head coach April Heinrichs told Soccer America magazine. 'She pops up at good spots all of the time.'

With most of the national team veterans, including former Golden Bear Joy Biefeld Fawcett ('90), in pre-season training camps with their WUSA clubs, Heinrichs led a young 20-player team on the European trip.

Schott was one of 15 players on the roster who participated in a training camp Feb. 18-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.. She earned her spot by being the only player to score in all three exhibitions against southern California college teams.

Schott is no stranger to scoring, as she led the Pac-10 in 2000 with both 47 points and 23 goals on her way to earning first team All-America honors.

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