No. 23 Women's Soccer Travels to Arizona, Arizona State

Oct. 30, 2001

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CAL TRAVELS TO ARIZONA, ASU:
Looking to break a three-game losing streak and land its fourth-straight playoff berth, No. 23 California travels to Arizona Friday at 6 p.m. PT and Arizona State Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT.

SCHOTT NAMED M.A.C. FINALIST:
Despite being sidelined with a concussion, Laura Schott added Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) National Player of the Year finalist to her resume this week. She is one of 15 candidates for the award. Earlier this month, she was named a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, the other collegiate player of the year honor. Schott leads Cal and the Pac-10 with 27 points and 12 goals.

BEARS DON'T HAVE SCHOTT IN LOSS TO STANFORD:
Then-No. 22 Cal gave a strong fight but in the end lost to then-No. 6 Stanford, 2-1, Sunday at Maloney Field. The Cardinal win snapped a three-game Bear winning streak over their arch rival. It didn't help the Bears that they played without All-American Schott, who was still suffering the affects of a concussion sustained Oct. 19 against Washington. Cal's left back Kim Stocklmeir also left the game with a sprained ankle in the first half and didn't return. She is expected to return this weekend, while Schott is day-to-day. The Bears kept the game scoreless until two costly defensive miscues led to Stanford goals in the 68th and 71st minutes. In the 88th minute, Krysti Whalen helped the Bears avert their third-sraight shutout by scoring her second goal of the year on a feed from Brittany Kirk.

BEARS TIED FOR FIFTH IN PAC-10 RACE:
With four games remaining in the Pac-10 season, Cal is tied for fifth with Washington State at 2-3. Stanford is first at 5-0, and UCLA, Washington and USC are tied for second at 4-1.

CAL FIGHTING TO STAY IN POLLS:
In the only two polls released as of Tuesday morning, Cal dropped from No. 22 to No. 23 in the NSCAA Top 25 poll and stayed at No. 18 according to Soccer Times Top 25 poll.

KIRK CONTINUES TO CLIMB CAL ASSIST CHART:
Kirk, a junior midfielder, continues to climb Cal's career assist chart. With her assist on Whalen's goal against Stanford, she now leads the team and is second in the Pac-10 with seven assists and is tied for fourth all-time in Cal history (17). With over a year of soccer eligibility remaining, she has an excellent chance of catching school record holder Joy Fawcett (23).

MORTON RETURNS TO LINEUP:
With all of Cal's injuries, the Bears were finally given a lift with the return of junior midfielder Lee Ann Morton to the lineup against Stanford. She missed the first 15 games of the season with an achilles injury. Last year, she started 11 of 18 games at outside mid and contributed two goals.

SCOUTING ARIZONA:
Arizona is 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats are tough at home at 5-0-1. Freshman forward Candice Wilks leads the club with 17 points (7G, 3A). Cal leads the overall series, 6-0, including a 2-0 triumph in Berkeley in 2000.

SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE:
After competing in last year's NCAA Tournament, Arizona State has struggled to an 8-8 overall record and 2-4 Pac-10 mark this year. The Sun Devils did open the year 6-2. Patrice Feulner leads the team with 23 points on 10 goals and 3 assists. Cal leads the overall series, 3-1, including a 3-0 win last year.

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