No. 5 Cal Opens Pac-10 Play at No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 USC
Oct. 7, 2002
BEARS OPEN PAC-10 SLATE IN LA:
Coming off its third Top 10 victory of the season, No. 5 California opens the Pac-10 schedule this weekend in Los Angeles. Friday, Oct. 11, the Bears (7-2-1) battle No. 12 (NSCAA) UCLA (8-2-0) at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, they take on No. 15 (Soccer America) USC (5-3-3) at 1 p.m.
BEARS IN TOP 10 FOR FIFTH-STRAIGHT WEEK:
For the fifth-straight week, Cal stayed in the Top 10 nationally. The NSCAA moved Cal from No. 6 to No. 5, and Soccer America jumped the Bears from No. 10 to No. 7. The No. 5 coaches' ranking matches their highest this season. The Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times polls haven't been released yet. The Bears' opponents this week are ranked as follows - UCLA (No. 5 Soccer America, No. 12 NSCAA) and USC (No. 15 Soccer America and unranked by the NSCAA).
CAL PICKED FIFTH IN PRESEASON PAC-10 POLL:
After tying Arizona State for fifth in the Pac-10 in 2001, Cal was chosen in the preseason coaches poll to place fifth. UCLA was picked to repeat as Pac-10 champions, followed by Stanford, Washington and Arizona State. Rounding out the poll was USC in sixth, then Oregon State, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Since the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's soccer in 1995, Cal has never finished lower than fifth and tied for the Pac-10 title in 1998.
HAMM CONTINUES TO LEAD CAL ATTACK:
Despite being held scoreless against Wake Forest, freshman forward Tracy Hamm continues to lead Cal in points (14) and goals (7). Hamm did have her chances against the Deacons with six shots. Senior midfielder Carly Fuller isn't far behind Hamm with 11 points (4G, 3A).
FULLER BEATS WAKE AGAIN:
No. 6 (NSCAA) Cal ended No. 7 (NSCAA) Wake Forest's 10-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win last Friday. Carly Fuller tallied her latest game-winning goal against Wake Forest in the 69th minute. Freshman midfielder Jamie Mangiardi and junior midfielder Kim Yokers were credited with assists. When Fuller was a freshman at Duke, she netted the game-winner in a 3-2 overtime victory over Wake Forest.
POST IMPROVES TO 4-0:
When the season began, Cal wasn't sure who would mind its net. Ten games into the season, the Bears know they have two quality starting goalkeepers in redshirt junior goalkeeper Sani Post and redshirt freshman Ashley Sulprizio. Reserve Lee Ann Morton also has shown her potential in goal. Post leads the trio with a 4-0 record and a 0.52 goals-against average. Three of Post's wins have come against No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Santa Clara and No. 7 Wake Forest (based on NSCAA poll). Post came to Cal from Notre Dame, while Sulprizio transferred from Nebraska.
MANGIARDI EXCELS IN FIRST COLLEGIATE START:
Jamie Mangiardi performed well in her first collegiate start against Wake Forest last Friday. The former high school Parade All-American played all 90 minutes of the contest and assisted on Cal's only goal - the game-winner, which also was her first collegiate point.
YOKERS' VALUE MORE THAN STATS:
Kim Yokers' value to Cal is far greater than the two assists she has. The U.S. under-21 national team player is the Bears' top playmaker and is one of the focal points of the Bears' opponents. She draws numerous fouls in each game, often leading to opponent yellow cards or even a Cal penalty kick (i.e. Purdue).
SCOUTING UCLA, USC:
UCLA opens defense of its Pac-10 title with an 8-2-0 record. Four UCLA players have double-figure points this year with Iris Mora leading the way with 14 (7G). No. 18 USC begins league play with a 5-3-3 record. Ali Fennell paces the Trojan attack with 10 points (5G). UCLA leads the all-time series with Cal, 5-3, while the Bears lead the Trojans, 4-3.