Four Former Cal Stars to Play in WUSA in 2003
April 3, 2003
BERKELEY - Four former California women's soccer players have earned spots on teams for the 2003 WUSA season, which kicks off Saturday, April 5. Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett and Allie (Kemp) Sullivan of the San Diego Spirit, Maite Zabala of the Carolina Courage and Laura Schott of the Washington Freedom are gearing up for the league's third season.
Fawcett is in her third season as a starting defender with the Spirit. The Huntington Beach, Calif., product was a forward for Cal from 1986-89 and holds the Golden Bears' career records for points (133) and assists (23), and ranks second to Schott for goals with 55. Fawcett is the only three time first team All-American in Cal history. She is one of two players to play every minute of the 1995 World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 World Cup and the 2000 Olympics.
Sullivan begins her first season with San Diego after spending her first two years in the WUSA with the Boston Breakers. A native of Encinitas, Calif., Sullivan played in the midfield and at forward for the Bears from 1993-96. She earned first team All-Pac-10 honors in 1996 and third team NSCAA All-West recognition in 1995. From 1998-00, she played semi-professional soccer for WFC/Auto Trader in San Diego.
Zabala, who hails from Boise, Idaho, enters her first season with the defending champion Courage following a campaign with the Atlanta Beat (2001) and one with the Philadelphia Charge (2002). Zabala culminated a four-year collegiate career by becoming the school's all-time leader for career shutouts in 2000. Her 9.5 shutouts that year boosted her career total to 26.5, breaking Karen Cook's (1993-96) previous record of 22. She finished the 2000 season with the 10th-best goals-against average in the nation at 0.64.
Schott holds the distinction of being one of the most decorated players to ever don a Cal women's soccer uniform. In a 2002 NCAA first round win over Denver, the two-time All-American forward tallied her school-record 56th career goal. After tying for the team lead with 18 points (7G, 4A) last season, Schott finished her career second all-time in Cal history for points with 128, five points shy of Fawcett's mark. Also in 2002, the Wilsonville, Ore., native was a third team NSCAA All-West Region pick and garnered her third selection to the first team All-Pac-10 squad.