Cal Hosts San Francisco in Exhibition Thursday
Aug. 19, 2002
CAL OPENS SEASON AGAINST USF:
California opens the 2002 campaign Thursday, Aug. 22, with a home exhibition against San Francisco. Kick-off is at 5 p.m., at Edwards Stadium. Admission is free to all weekday home games this year. The Golden Bears are coming off a 12-7-2 season (4-4-1 Pac-10, T5th), while the Dons were 9-10-1 (2-5 WCC, 7th). Last season, Cal and USF tied, 3-3, in San Francisco.
SOCCER BUZZ PRESEASON POLL RELEASED:
Cal is receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz preseason top 25 poll released today after also receiving votes in the final 2001 poll. Defending champion Santa Clara is first, followed by North Carolina, Portland, Virginia and Stanford. Cal was one of only two teams to defeat Santa Clara last year.
BEARS PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL:
Cal was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Pac-10 women's soccer coaches poll released today. UCLA, the 2001 Pac-10 champion, was tabbed to finish first with 95 points (seven first-place votes), followed by Stanford with 92 points (three first-place votes). Third through fifth was extremely close with Washington slated third with 68, then Arizona State with 65 and Cal with 64. USC was chosen sixth (59), Oregon State seventh (37), Washington State eighth (35), Oregon ninth (18) and Arizona 10th (17).
BEARS SHOOT FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT:
In 2002, Cal shoots for its fifth-consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament and 11th bid overall. Last year, the Bears advanced to the NCAAs for the fourth straight year for the first time in the program's 20-year history. This year, the Bears look to improve upon their all-time best postseason streak. They also look to advance past the second round of postseason play for the first time since 1988. With eight returning starters and 16 returning letterwinners, expectations are high for the Bears this year.
ALL-AMERICAN SCHOTT LOOKS TO BECOME POINTS, GOALS LEADER:
Two-time All-American forward Laura Schott looks to become Cal's career points and goals leader this season. She enters her senior campaign ranked No. 2 in both categories with 110 and 49, respectively, while Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett set the school marks of 133 and 55 from 1986-89.
KIRK MOVES UP CAL ASSISTS LADDER:
Senior Brittany Kirk will likely become Cal's all-time career assists leader this season. After posting seven assists last season, Kirk is tied for fourth all-time at Cal with 17. Fawcett set the Cal record of 23.
YOKERS EMERGES AS ELITE PLAYMAKER:
Junior Kim Yokers started for Cal as a central midfielder as a freshman, and fans could immediately see her potential. She led all Cal freshmen in 2000 with eight points (3G, 2A) and in 2001 emerged as one of the best playmakers in the country. Yokers was named second team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore after tallying 12 points from three goals and six assists. In July, she competed for the U.S. under-21 national team at the Nordic Cup in Finland.
A LOOK AT THE NEWCOMERS:
Cal has 11 newcomers on this year's roster. Among those expected to have the greatest impact are senior midfielder Carly Fuller, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio and freshmen Jamie Mangiardi (F/M), Liz Eisenberg (F) and Sierra Garthwaite (D).