No. 5 Women's Soccer Travels To No. 17 Texas, No. 10 Texas A&M
Sept. 3, 2001
BEARS TRAVEL TO LONE STAR STATE: After opening the season with two home victories in the Cal Invitational, the fifth-ranked Golden Bears are on the road for the next five games. The long road swing begins at No. 17 Texas, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. PT, and at No. 10 Texas A&M, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. PT.
SCOUTING TEXAS: Texas opened the season with a 1-0 home loss to top-ranked North Carolina Aug. 31. The No. 18 (Soccer Buzz, Soccer America) Longhorns' next contest is against Cal. Texas posted a school record 12 victories in 2000 with a 12-7 record and were supposed to return all 11 of its starters. However, sophomore F Mary Nelson tore her ACL during the team's preseason trip to Europe. Sophomore MF Katie McBain led UT in scoring a year ago with 29 points (8G, 13A).
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M: Steady rains all week long in College Station led to the postponement of both of No. 11 (NSCAA) Texas A&M's games over the weekend. The Aggies, which were 18-7 in 2000, were supposed to play Samford (Aug. 31) and North Carolina (Sept. 2). Texas A&M's next game is slated for Sept. 7 against Stanford. The Big 12 school's top returning scorer is junior forward Heather Ragsdale (14G, 9A - 37 points in 2000).
CAL RANKED FROM NO. 5-13: In the first regular season poll, Cal stayed at No. 5 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Soccer America still has the Bears tabbed No. 11, while the NSCAA moved them from No. 14 to 12. Soccer Times, which had Cal at No. 13 in the preseason poll, doesn't release a new poll until Tuesday.
BEARS WIN CAL INVITATIONAL: Cal won its third-consecutive Cal Invitational over the weekend by defeating Pacific, 4-0, Friday and rallying to overtake No. 24 (Soccer Times) Michigan, 4-2, Sunday. The Bears received goals from four different players against the Tigers, as they avenged a 2-1 NCAA Tournament loss to Pacific in 1998. Kassie Doubrava, Kyla Sabo, Lucy Brining and Laura Schott all contributed to the attack. Sabo notched two goals and an assist to help the Bears overtake the Wolverines after trailing 1-0 and 2-1 at the half.
CAL'S THREE-FRONT OFFENSE PAYING OFF: After playing with two forwards last season, Coach Kevin Boyd decided to try a three forward look this year. It appears to be an affective formation. Through two games, Cal is averaging four goals per contest and has three forwards (Schott (2G), Sabo (3G) and Doubrava (2G)) who have scored in each game. Schott is the only one of the three who is used to averaging a goal per game, having posted 23 goals last season (1.15 per game).
DOUBRAVA POSTS FIRST CAREER GOAL: After playing as a freshman in 17 games as a reserve and posting 0 goals and 1 assist, sophomore Doubrava is intent on being an impact player in 2001. She tallied the game-winning goal against UOP and in her first collegiate start vs. Michigan, she added a goal and an assist.
EDWARDS STADIUM CONTINUES TO PROVIDE HOME FIELD EDGE: Cal was 10-1 at home last season, and this season, the Bears already are 2-0 there.