No. 11/12 Cal Entertains No. 10/4 Texas, No. 3/8 Texas A&M
Sept. 2, 2002
BEARS HOST TWO TOP 10 TEAMS: The No. 11/12 (NSCAA/Soccer America) Cal women's soccer team (2-0) hosts No. 10/4 Texas (2-0) and No. 3/8 Texas A&M (2-0) this weekend, as the Bears begin a stretch of three straight games against Top 20 teams. The game with the Longhorns kicks off Friday, Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m., while the battle with the Aggies starts at 3:30 p.m. Both games are at Edwards Stadium and follow a Cal men's soccer game.
SCOUTING NO. 10/4 TEXAS:
No. 10/4 (NSCAA/Soccer America) Texas brings a 2-0 record to Berkeley following a 4-0 victory over New Mexico and a 2-1 win over Duke. This week, the Longhorns welcome back U.S. U19 forward Kelly Wilson, who helped lead the U.S. to a 1-0 OT win over Canada Sept. 1, in the first ever FIFA U19 Women's World Championship. In 2001, Cal edged Texas, 2-1, in Austin.
SCOUTING NO. 3/8 TEXAS A&M:
No. 3/8 (NSCAA/Soccer America) Texas A&M also comes to town with a 2-0 mark with wins over Rice (4-1) and No. 24 SMU (2-1). Sophomore forward Lindsey Woodard leads the Aggies with two goals. In 2001, A&M beat Cal, 3-1, in Texas.
NEWCOMERS LEAD BEARS TO CAL INVITE TITLE:
Three newcomers accounted for all four of Cal's goals in its 2-0 shutouts of Ohio State and Purdue, giving the Bears their fourth straight Cal Invitational title. The Bears opened the 2002 season with the win over the Buckeyes with senior midfielder transfer Carly Fuller and freshman midfielder Tracy Hamm (Moraga) posting the goals in the 77th and 85th minutes, respectively. Fuller's goal came on a penalty kick, which was awarded after juior midfielder Kim Yokers was pulled down in the penalty area. Hamm and freshman forward Dania Cabello (Piedmont) provided second-half goals against the Boilermakers. Junior midfielder Kassie Doubrava assisted on Cabello's insurance goal. Counting the USF exhibition, Hamm has three goals and an assist this year.
BUCKEYE WIN PROVES COSTLY:
Cal's 2-0 shutout of Purdue, which placed fifth in the Big Ten in 2001, was even more impressive, as the Bears were forced to play without two key starters. Senior All-American forward Laura Schott had to sit out the Boilermaker contest after receiving two yellows card and a subsequent red card versus the Buckeyes. Senior defender Kim Stocklmeir also broke her collarbone in the OSU game after colliding with a Buckeye player. It is a long shot whether she will return this season, but she does have a redshirt year she can utilize.
ALL-AMERICAN SCHOTT LOOKS TO BECOME POINTS, GOALS LEADER: Two-time All-American 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.
DID YOU KNOW?:
Freshman midfielder Jamie Mangiardi, a prep Parade All-American, has two sisters currently playing collegiate soccer. Michelle is a sophomore at UCLA and Nicole is a senior at Kentucky Wesleyan.