No. 12 Women's Soccer Travels to No. 3 Santa Clara
Sept. 10, 2001
BEARS SEEK REVENGE FOR 2000 PLAYOFF LOSS:
No. 12 (Soccer Buzz) California (3-1) looks to rebound from a 3-1 road loss to then-No. 10 Texas A&M when it travels to No. 3 (Soccer America) Santa Clara Sunday at 1 p.m. Also on the line for the Bears is redemption from a 2-0 2000 NCAA Second Round loss to the Broncos in Berkeley. The game against the Broncos is the Bears third of a five-game road swing. Cal doesn't return home until Sept. 28 when it plays Fresno State.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA:
Santa Clara is off to a 4-0 start and has outscored its opponents 16-1. The Broncos are coming off wins over nationally-ranked foes Wake Forest (1-0) and Florida State (4-1). Before facing Cal, Santa Clara faces another tough test in No. 7 Notre Dame Friday. This week, the Broncos are ranked as high as No. 3 by Soccer America. Soccer Buzz has Santa Clara at No. 6. Senior midfielder Ally Wagner leads SCU with 13 points (5G, 3A).
A LOOK BACK AT CAL VS. SCU IN 2000:
Cal leads the all-time series with Santa Clara, 11-10-2. Last season, Cal tied SCU, 1-1, Sept. 24 in the regular season at the Bay Area Classic at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. Cal trailed 1-0 at the half before Laura Schott tied the score early in the second half on an assist from Kyla Sabo. The same two teams met again in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Berkeley with SCU winning 2-0. The Broncos got goals from Kristi Candau and Megan Horvath.
CAL RANKED FROM NO. 12-13:
After a weekend split against nationally-ranked opponents, Cal dropped slightly in all of the polls released on Monday. Cal's biggest drop was from No. 5 to No. 12 by Soccer Buzz. Soccer America moved the Bears from No. 11 to No. 13. The CollegeSoccer.com media poll ranks Cal No. 12. The NSCAA and Soccer Times hadn't released their polls at the time of this release.
BEARS SPLIT IN LONE STAR STATE:
Cal travelled to the Lone Star State over the weekend to play two Big 12 teams and had mixed results. The Bears edged No. 17 Texas, 2-1, in the team's first-ever meeting Friday night. Schott put Cal up 1-0 in the 17th minute when she converted on a penalty kick and sophomore forward Kassie Doubrava netted what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the 38th minute off a pass from freshman midfielder/forward Kacy Hornor. Kelly Wilson helped Texas avert a shutout with a goal with six seconds left in the contest.Against Texas A&M Sunday, the score was tied at 1-1 at the half with Cal's Sabo scoring the equalizer in the 44th minute. The Aggies then dominated the second half, scoring two goals and outshooting the Bears, 20-1, on their way to a 3-1 victory.
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 four games, Cal is averaging 2.75 goals per contest and has three forwards (Sabo (4G), Schott (3G) and Doubrava (3G)) with at least three goals. Schott led the Pac-10 with 47 points and 23 goals last season on her way to earning numerous All-America honors.
Sophomore forward Amy Willison made her first career start for the Bears against Texas A&M...sophomore Katie Pittman saw her first collegiate action in the second half of the Texas A&M game...she played 45 minutes, allowed two goals and made seven saves...Soccer Buzz picked Schott as a first team preseason All-America selection...Sabo was named to Soccer Buzz's National Team of the Week for her performance in the Cal Invitational...Cal plays 11 of its 20 games away from Edwards Stadium...after posting a 10-1 mark at home last season, Cal is off to a 2-0 start this year.