No. 14/15 Bears Host Cal Invitational Labor Day Weekend

Aug. 26, 2002

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BEARS HOST CAL INVITATIONAL:
Coming off a 4-0 exhibition win over USF, the No. 14/15 (Soccer America/NSCAA) Golden Bears open the regular season as host of the eighth-annual Cal Invitational, Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at Edwards Stadium. The tournament begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the No. 16 Saint Mary's-Purdue game, which is followed by the Cal-Ohio State match at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Saint Mary's battles Ohio State at 2 p.m., followed by Cal against Purdue at 4:30 p.m. The Bears have won the last three Cal Invitationals, including in 2001 with a 4-0 win over Pacific and a 4-2 decision vs. No. 24 Michigan.

SCOUTING THE CAL INVITE FIELD: Saint Mary's is coming off a 15-3-2 season, but it is hurt by injuries to its top forward (Katie Frattone) and defender (Jessical Poole). Ohio State was 10-9-1 in 2001, while Purdue was 10-6-3. Cal has never faced Ohio State or Purdue.

USF EXHIBITION RECAP:
Cal opened the 2002 campaign with a convincing 4-0 exhibition shutout of San Francisco Aug. 22. The Bears received goals from junior midfielder Kassie Doubrava, freshman forward Dania Cabello, sophomore forward Kacy Hornor and freshman midfielder Tracy Hamm. All 24 dressed athletes played for the Bears.

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 has emerged as one of the elite central midfielders in the nation. She led all Cal freshmen in 2000 with eight points (3G, 2A) and keeps getting better. 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.

SOCCER BUZZ RANKS CAL NO. 11 IN RECRUITING:
Soccer Buzz ranked Cal's 2002 incoming group of athletes No. 11 in the country. Dania Cabello and Tracy Hamm were arguably the most impressive of the Bears' newcomers in the USF win, as they accounted for half of the Bears goals and an assist. The other eight newcomers also are talented.

CAL RANKED NO. 14/15:
In the preseason polls, Cal is ranked No. 14 by Soccer America and No. 15 by the NSCAA after finishing 2001 unranked by SA and No. 25 by the NSCAA. The Bears are receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz Preseason Top 25 poll. Cal shoots for its fifth-consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament and 11th bid overall this year.

BEARS PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL:
Cal is picked to finish fifth in the preseason Pac-10 women's soccer coaches poll. 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).

DID YOU KNOW?:
Carly Fuller has three older brothers who all played collegiate soccer -- Garth (Cornell 1994-97), Nate (Cornell 1996-00) and Ian (Clemson 1998-01). Ian plays professionally for the New England Revolution.

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