No. 6 Cal Returns Home to Host No. 7 Wake Forest
Oct. 1, 2002
CAL RETURN HOME FOR TOP 10 BATTLE:
After a four-game road trip, No. 6 California (6-2-1) returns home to host No. 7 Wake Forest (9-0-1, 1-0-1 ACC) Fri., Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The Demon Deacons are the fourth Top 10 opponent the Golden Bears face this year. Cal holds wins over No. 3 Texas A&M (1-0) and No. 3 Santa Clara (2-1) and a 2-1 loss to No. 4 Texas. The Bears also own a 2-0 win over now-No. 22 Purdue. Coming off a 3-1 loss at Hartford, Cal looks to regroup against a tough opponent in Wake Forest.
BEARS IN TOP 10 FOR FOURTH-STRAIGHT WEEK:
Despite losing 3-1 to unranked Hartford, Cal stayed in the Top 10 in the four major soccer polls this week. The NSCAA dropped Cal from No. 5 to No. 6, Soccer Buzz from No. 4 to No. 8, Soccer America from No. 6 to No. 10 and Soccer Times from No. 5 to No. 8.
BAY AREA TALENT DOMINATES CAL ROSTER:
Cal has built itself into one of the nation's top programs over the last several years by utilizing home-grown talent. This year, 13 players on Cal's 28-player roster hail from the Bay Area. This is more than Santa Clara (10), Saint Mary's (5) and Stanford (3), which are all local programs with a history of being ranked.
HAMM, CABELLO AMONG PAC-10'S BEST:
Freshman forward Tracy Hamm is tied with Arizona's Kelly Nelson for the Pac-10 lead for goals with seven. Hamm is tied with three other players for second in the league for points with 14. UW's Melissa Bennett leads the points race with 18. The previous two year's Cal All-American forward Laura Schott held the league lead for goals (23 and 15) and points (47 and 33). After tallying two assists in Cal's 4-2 win over Penn, freshman Dania Cabello moved into a tie for the Pac-10 lead for assists (4).
SCHOTT, EISENBERG SEE WEEKEND ACTION:
The Bears' attack received a boost over the weekend with the return of Laura Schott to the lineup and the debut of freshman forward Liz Eisenberg. Schott saw about 10-15 minutes of playing time off the bench in each game after missing the previous six matches with an MCL sprain and a one-game red card supsension. Eisenberg, a speedy forward from San Rafael, had been recovering from off-season knee surgery. She saw about 30 minutes of action in each game as a reserve.
FULLER PK PRO:
In Schott's absence, senior defensive midfielder Carly Fuller took over the penalty kick duties, and doesn't appear to want to relinquish them. She has made all three of her PKs, including against Penn, and is second on the team with nine points. Just as important, Fuller has shown confidence and leadership at her position since transferring from Duke for her final campaign.
EAST COAST PROVIDES MIXED RESULTS:
Cal twice battled from one-goal deficits to defeat Penn, 4-2. After trailing 1-0 at the half, the four different Bears responded with goals to seize the victory in the second stanza. Brittany Kirk, Kassie Doubrava, Lucy Brining and Carly Fuller all dented the scoring column for the Bears. Doubrava's and Brining's goals were their firsts of the season. Dania Cabello grabbed the team lead for assists at four by dishing off two against the Quakers. Fuller also added an assist in the win. The Bears didn't bring the same offensive firepower or defensive intensity to its battle at Hartford. The Hawks upset the Bears, 3-1, after the teams were knotted at one at the half. Tracy Hamm tallied her team and Pac-10 leading seventh goal in the setback.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST:
No. 7 (NSCAA) Wake Forest, which is 9-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the ACC, is one of 12 undefeated teams in Division I women's soccer. The Demon Deacons lone blemish was a 1-1 tie to North Carolina State in its last game Sept. 29. Katherine Winstead and Alena Thom lead the team with 21 (8G, 5A) and 15 points (5G,5A), respectively. Cal won the only previous meeting between the two teams, a 2-1 victory in Winston Salem in 2000.