No. 12 Women's Soccer Travels to UNLV, San Diego State
Sept. 18, 2001
BEARS CLOSE OUT ROAD SWING:
Coming off a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Santa Clara, No. 12 California (4-1) wraps up a five-game road swing Friday at UNLV at 8 p.m. and Sunday at San Diego State at 1 p.m. The Bears return home next week for a three-game homestand beginning with Fresno State, Friday, Sept. 28.
UNLV is 2-1-2 after shutting out Southern Utah Monday, 3-0, in Cedar City, Utah. The Running Rebels' other victory was a 1-0 shutout of Washington State. Junior midfielder Cristyn Enea leads the club with nine points (4G, 1A). This is the first meeting between Cal and UNLV. The Cal-UNLV game is the third game of a triple header that day.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE:
San Diego State is 3-2 after Monday's 3-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Aztecs travel to UC Riverside today before hosting Cal this Sunday. Sophomore forward Kim Castellanos leads the team with four goals. Cal leads the all-time series with SDSU, 4-3, and won the last meeting in 1999 (1-0 2OT).
BEARS KNOCK OFF NO. 3 SANTA CLARA:
Revenge has never tasted so sweet for the California women's soccer team. After an emotional week without any games, All-American forward Laura Schott lifted No. 12 Cal to a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Santa Clara Monday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win avenged last year's 2-0 loss to the Broncos in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Berkeley. Senior forward Kyla Sabo put the Bears up 1-0 when she headed in sophomore midfielder Kim Yokers' corner kick in the 19th minute. SCU tied the game before haltime. With less than eight minutes left in the game, Schott tallied her first game-winning goal of the season when she went one-v.-one with the keeper. The only negative for the Bears was that Sabo left the field late in the game with a leg injury. Her status for this weekend isn't known.
SCU WIN RANKS AMONG THE BEARS BEST IN BOYD'S TENURE:
Cal's victory over No. 3 Santa Clara Monday was the highest ranked opponent the Bears have defeated in coach Kevin Boyd's four plus years in Berkeley. The previous highest ranked win was a 2-1 overtime road decision vs. No. 7 Stanford, Oct. 29, 1999. Boyd is the winningest coach in Cal history with a 58-25-3 record.
CAL RANKED FROM NO. 12-13:
Due to last week's national tragedy which forced the cancelation of almost every game last week, there are no changes to any of the major polls this week. The SCU win coupled with two wins this weekend will no doubt move Cal up in next week's polls. Last week's polls had Cal ranked No. 12 by Soccer Buzz and CollegeSoccer.com and No. 13 by both the NSCAA and Soccer America.
DYNAMIC SCORING DUO:
Schott and Sabo are playing at the top of their games for the Bears this season. With so much attention focused on stopping Schott, a first team All-America, Sabo has made opponents pay by leading the Bears with 11 points and five goals. She is more than halfway to her 20 points she posted in 2000 and needs only one goal to match her output of last season. Schott is second on the team with nine points (4G, 1A). They've combined for nine of the Bears 13 goals this year.
Yokers leads Cal with four assists after tallying only two in 2000...sophomore M/F Kassie Doubrava is third on the team with eight points (3G, 2A) after notching only one point last year...Mallor Moser returned from an abdominal injury suffered in the second half of the Texas A&M game to record a career-high six saves against SCU...Cal plays 11 of its 20 regular season games away from Edwards Stadium...after posting a 10-1 mark at home last season, Cal is off to a 2-0 start at home this year.