No. 15 Cal Hosts Arizona, No. 23 Arizona State
Nov. 4, 2002
CAL FACES MUST WINS AGAINST UA, ASU:
After posting a 7-2-1 non-conference record, No. 15 Cal has struggled during Pac-10 play and faces two must-win games at home this weekend to ensure its fifth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Bears, which are 9-7-1 overall and 2-5 in the conference, wrap up the regular season Friday, Nov. 8, against Arizona (6-10-1, 1-6, T9th) and Sunday, Nov. 10, vs. No. 23 Arizona State (11-4-2,4-3, 5th). Both contests begin at 11:30 a.m. at Edwards Stadium and will be followed by Cal men's soccer games vs. UCLA (Friday at 2:30 p.m.) and Fresno State (Sunday at 2 p.m.).
BEARS EYE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE NCAA BID:
When the 2002 NCAA bids are announced Monday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m. PT on ESPNEWS, Cal hopes to hear its name called for the fifth consecutive season. The current streak of four straight NCAA Tournament selections is the best in school history. Overall, the Bears have advanced to the postseason 10 times, including Final Four appearances in 1984, 1987 and 1988. In 2001, Cal lost, 3-2, to Saint Mary's in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Stanford's Maloney Field. Midfielder Brittany Kirk tallied both of the Bears' goals against the Gaels.
SCHOTT SCORES AGAINST STANFORD, INCHES CLOSER TO RECORDS:
Senior All-American Laura Schott still has her eyes on Cal's career records for points and goals with only two regular season games and possible NCAA contests remaining in her collegiate career. She netted Cal's lone goal in a 2-1 home loss to top-ranked Stanford Saturday, bringing her points total to 119 (52G, 15A). Her second-minute goal gave Cal the early lead over the Cardinal before Stanford's own All-American, Marcia Wallis, completed the comeback with two scores before halftime. Schott is second on the Cal all-time list for points and goals, 14 points and three 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 nine points from three goals and three assists.
KIRK CLIMBS TO THIRD FOR CAREER ASSISTS:
Schott isn't the only Cal senior who is chasing one of Fawcett's career records. Kirk's assist on Schott's goal vs. Stanford was her second of the season and the 19th of her career, moving her into sole possession of third place on the school's career assists list. Fawcett owns the record of 23, while Natalie Stuhlmueller (1997-00) is second with 20.
BEARS REMAIN RANKED DESPITE RECENT STRUGGLES:
A 2-1 setback to No. 1 Stanford didn't hurt Cal too much in this week's polls. In fact, Soccer Times moved the Bears from No. 17 to No. 15 after they became the first team to score a goal on the Cardinal in a Pac-10 game and only the fourth opponent to dent its defense all season. Soccer America dropped Cal from No. 18 to No. 21. The Bears continued to receive votes in the NSCAA poll, and Soccer Buzz's poll wasn't available at the time of this release.
CAL IN SEVENTH AFTER WEEK 4 OF PAC-10S:
Since the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's soccer in 1995, Cal has never finished lower than fifth in the conference. Four weeks into league play, the Bears find themselves in unfamiliar territory in seventh place with a 2-5 mark. The 1995 Bears finished 3-4 (T5th), accounting for the fewest Pac-10 wins for the program to date. Stanford leads the league at 7-0, and UCLA is second at 6-1.
SCOUTING UA, ASU:
Arizona is 6-10-1 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-10 (T9th). Forward Kelly Nelson paces the Wildcats with 27 points (13G, 1A). Cal is 7-0 all-time against Arizona, including a 2-1 triumph in Tucson in 2001 behind two goals from Schott. ASU is ranked as high as No. 23 by Soccer America with an 11-4-2 overall record (4-3 Pac-10, 5th). Forward Elizabeth Bogus leads the club with 21 points (9G, 3A). Cal holds a 3-1-1 series edge after the teams tied, 1-1, in Tempe last year. Jordan Iantorno tallied Cal's goal in that game.