No. 7 Cal Visits No. 25 Washington, Washington State
Oct. 21, 2002
CAL VISITS GREAT NORTHWEST:
Following a sweep of the Oregon schools, No. 7 California (Soccer America) looks for its seventh consecutive double digit win season as it visits No. 25 Washington (NSCAA) and Washington State this week. The Bears are 9-4-1 (2-2 Pac-10) heading into their Friday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. contest with the Huskies (7-4-3, 2-0-1) at Husky Soccer Field. Sunday, Oct. 25, Cal battles the Cougars (7-4-2, 1-0-2) at noon at Cougar Soccer Field.
SCHOTT BREAKS OUT FOR BIG WEEKEND:
Finally almost 100 percent from an MCL injury sustained Sept. 4, senior All-American forward Laura Schott posted her first six points of the season to help power Cal to weekend wins over Oregon (2-0) and Oregon State (3-1). In each contest, she tallied a goal and an assist to bring her career totals to 51 goals and 116 points. The two-time defending Pac-10 goals and points leader is four goals and 17 points shy of equaling U.S national team star Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett's (1986-89) school records in each category.
BEARS RIDING STEADY IN TOP 10:
For the seventh straight week, Cal remained in the Top 10 in at least one of the four major soccer polls. Soccer America kept the Bears at No. 7 for the third week in a row, and the NSCAA held Cal at No. 11. Soccer Buzz's and Soccer Times' polls weren't available at the time of this release.
CAL HOPES ROAD IS KINDER:
Cal is 7-1 at home at Edwards Stadium this year but is only2-3-1 on the road, including a current three-game losing streak.
V-FACTOR BACK AT WORK:
Cal has had its share of injuries this season but has continued to maintain an excellent record. The one player who seems most critical to the Bears' success is junior defender Ashley Valenzuela. Cal's sweeper has missed three games this season due to a concussion and the Bears are 0-3 in those contests (losses to Hartford, UCLA and USC). With Valenzuela in the starting lineup, the team is 9-1-1.
HAMM BECOMES CAL'S TOP FRESHMAN SINCE 1999:
Freshman forward Tracy Hamm is Cal's most prolific freshman scorer since Schott was a rookie in 1999. Hamm leads Cal with 16 points and eight goals following her game-winning score (third of the season) against Oregon State. As a freshman, Schott posted 30 points from 11 goals and eight assists.
CAL SWEEPS OREGON, OSU:
After a slow start, Cal received goals from Kassie Doubrava and Schott in the final 10 minutes to defeat Oregon, 2-0, on Friday for its fifth shutout of the season. The Bears finished the weekend sweep with a 3-1 decision over Oregon State on Sunday. Schott gave Cal a 1-0 lead at the half, and Hamm cushioned the lead to 2-0 after the break. After OSU cut the margin to 2-1 at 73:25, Dania Cabello added an insurance goal 10 seconds later. In the two games, Cal outshot its opponents, 44-16, an improvement over last week when the Bears were outshot, 31-10, by UCLA and USC.
CAL IN FIFTH AFTER WEEK 2 OF PAC-10S:
Stanford sits alone atop the Pac-10 standings after week two with a 4-0 record. UCLA and USC are second at 3-1, followed by Washington at 2-0-1. Cal climbed out of the cellar to fifth place at 2-2 following the victories over the Oregon schools. WSU is sixth at 1-0-2, ASU is seventh (1-2), and rounding out the standings are Oregon (0-3-1), Arizona (0-3) and Oregon State (0-4).
SCOUTING UW, WSU: Washington boasts a 7-4-3 (2-0-1 Pac-10) record. The Huskies' attack is led by Melissa Bennett's 24 points (5G, 14A). U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has a 1.17 GAA. UW leads the all-time series, 6-5, after last year's 1-0 win in Berkeley. WSU's overall mark is 7-4-2 (1-0-2). Five players have at least four goals with Nicole Wilcox leading the way with 15 points (5G, 5A). Cal holds a 8-2-2 series edge but lost 2-0 last season.