No. 17 Cal Hosts No. 1 Stanford Saturday
Oct. 28, 2002
CAL HOSTS NO. 1 STANFORD:
No. 17 Cal (9-6-1, 2-4 Pac-10, 7th) looks to rekindle its home field magic as it hosts top-ranked Stanford Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears were swept by No. 25 Washington (2-1) and WSU (2-0) over the weekend and have lost five of their last eight games, with all of the setbacks coming on the road. A victory over the Cardinal (15-1, 6-0, 1st) would give the Bears their seventh straight double-digit win season.
HOME, SWEET HOME:
Cal wraps up the 2002 regular season with three consecutive contests at Edwards Stadium. The Bears are thrilled to be home, where they are 7-1 this year, compared to 2-5-1 on the road. Since taking up residency at Edwards Stadium in 1999, Cal is 28-10 (.737). Fourteen of Cal's 25 goals this year have come at home, and each of its three shutout losses have occurred on the road.
SCHOTT INCHES CLOSER TO SCHOOL RECORDS:
Senior All-American Laura Schott still has her eyes on Cal's career records for points and goals with only three regular season games and possible NCAA contests remaining in her collegiate career. She assisted on Cal's lone goal against Washington last Friday, bringing her career points total to 117 (51G, 15A). She is second on the Cal all-time list for points and goals, 16 points and four goals shy of U.S. national team player Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett's school records of 133 points and 55 goals, set from 1986-89. Scott, who missed six games this year due to a knee injury and a red card suspension, has seven points from two goals and three assists.
FRESHMEN HAMM, CABELLO LEAD CAL'S ATTACK:
Forwards Tracy Hamm and Dania Cabello have had the greatest impact of Cal's nine freshmen this season. They sit atop the Bears' statistical charts with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Hamm's eight goals pace Cal, and Cabello is tied for second on the team with four. Cabello leads the Bears with five assists. Defenders Sierra Garthwaite and Sierra Schlessinger, midfielder Jamie Mangiardi and forward Liz Eisenberg are true freshmen who also have made contributions.
BEARS REMAIN RANKED DESPITE RECENT STRUGGLES:
For the first time in eight weeks, Cal dropped out of the Top 10 in the polls. Soccer America dropped Cal from No. 7 to No. 18, and Soccer Times moved Cal from No. 10 to 17. The Bears only received votes in the coaches' and Soccer Buzz polls after holding down the No. 11 and No. 14 spots, respectively, last week.
CAL IN SEVENTH AFTER WEEK 3 OF PAC-10S:
Since the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's soccer in 1995, Cal has never finished lower than fifth in the conference. Three weeks into league play, the Bears find themselves in unfamiliar territory in seventh place with a 2-4 mark. Stanford leads the league at 6-0, and UCLA is second at 4-1.
BEARS DROP TWO IN GREAT NORTHWEST:
Cal couldn't protect a 1-0 lead at No. 25 Washington, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Huskies. Cabello scored Cal's only goal in the fourth minute off an asssist from Schott. The Bears created some quality chances at Washington State, but the Cougars scored early and late to post a 2-0 shutout.
Stanford holds the No. 1 ranking in all four major soccer polls. North Carolina handed the Cardinal its only loss (1-0) at the Saint Mary's Fall Classic Oct. 4. Stanford has scored 39 goals this year, while surrendering only three. They have 13 shutouts to their credit, including each of the last seven games. Marcie Ward leads the team with 23 points (8G, 7A). Cal leads the all-time series with Stanford, 9-8-2, and has won three of the last four meetings. Without Schott in the lineup due to a concussion, Stanford posted a 2-1 home victory last season with Krysti Whalen notching the Bears' only score.