No. 17 Women's Soccer Hosts No. 3 UCLA, USC
Nov. 5, 2001
CAL HOSTS UCLA, USC IN REGULAR SEASON FINALES:
No. 17 Cal looks to solidify its chances of earning the program's fourth-straight NCAA Tournament bid and 10th overall this weekend. The Bears close out the regular season at home Friday against third-ranked UCLA at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday against USC at 11:30 a.m.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW MONDAY NIGHT:
Unlike previous years, the NCAA selection show is slated for Monday, Nov. 12. It usually takes place on a Sunday night. This year's tournament was expanded from 48 teams to 64. More details to come later in the week. The Bears will be looking to win their first NCAA playoff game since 1998 assuming they earn one of the bids.
SCHOTT CONTINUES TO PACE PAC-10:
All-American Laura Schott returned to the Bears' lineup against Arizona Nov. 2 after missing the previous three halves of soccer with a concussion. She scored both of Cal's goals in its 2-1 OT win over Arizona, improving her Pac-10 season bests to 31 points and 14 goals. Schott is one of 15 candidates for the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club awards, which are given to the top men's and women's collegiate soccer players each year. Schott ranks second in school history with 48 goals and 108 points. She is chasing Joy Fawcett's school records of 133 points and 55 goals.
BEARS GO 1-0-1 IN DESERT STATE:
Cal broke a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 OT road victory against Arizona. The Wildcats led 1-0 at the half on a goal by Liz Bartlett. In the 61st minute, Ashley Valenzuela sent a long serve over the Wildcat defense to Schott, who scored from about 10-yards out. Overtime began with the game tied at 1-1. Cal only took two shots in the overtime, but the second one proved fatal for the Cats as Valenzuela connected with Schott again in the 97th minute. Against ASU, Cal struck first in the 24th minute when Jordan Iantorno tallied her first career goal from 25-yards out. In the 38th minute, ASU's Marlina Fletcher evened the game with her first collegiate goal. The game ended tied 1-1 through two overtimes.
BEARS FIFTH IN PAC-10 RACE:
With two games remaining in the Pac-10 season, Cal is in fifth place with a 3-3-1 record. Stanford and UCLA are tied for first at 6-1. Washington and USC are tied for third at 5-2. Nagging injuries have hurt the Bears.
CAL FIGHTING TO STAY IN POLLS:
Cal climbed from No. 23 to No. 17 in the NSCAA Top 25 poll, jumped back into the Soccer Buzz poll at No. 25 and dropped from tied for No. 18 to No. 19 in the Soccertimes Top 25 poll. CollegeSoccer.com ranks Cal No. 20 in its Top 20 poll. Soccer America doesn't rank the Bears.
BEARS WIN 11 OR MORE FOR LAST FIVE YEARS:
With Cal's win at UA, it has now won 11 or more games each of the last five years and a program best of 17 in 2000.
UCLA, the 2000 NCAA runner-up, is 15-2 overall and tied for the Pac-10 lead at 6-1. The Bruins are ranked No. 4 in this week's Soccer America poll and No. 3 in last week's NSCAA poll. Stephanie Rigamat paces the team with 26 points (11G, 4A). The Bruins lead the series with the Bears, 4-3, and have won the last two meetings (4-1 in 2000 and 3-2 OT in 1999).
USC is 10-5-1 and tied for third in the Pac-10 at 5-2. The Trojans' best result was a 1-0 win at Tennessee. Shannon Cross leads the club with 10 points (4G, 2A). The series is tied at 3-3 with Cal winning last season in LA, 2-1 in 2OT.
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