No. 23 Cal Travels to No. 3 Santa Clara

Sept. 2, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL VISITS NO. 3 SANTA CLARA: After winning their fifth straight California Invitational, the No. 23 Golden Bears (1-0-1) travel to No. 3 Santa Clara Sunday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. Cal leads the all-time series with the the 2002 NCAA runner-ups Broncos,13-10-2 and has won the last two meetings. Last season, Cal posted a 2-1 victory in Berkeley with Brittany Kirk and Tracy Hamm netting the Bears' goals. In 2001, the Bears recorded a 2-1 triumph at Santa Clara.

BEARS DROP IN POLLS: After tying unranked Montana, Cal fell in the national polls. Soccer Buzz dropped Cal from No. 22 to No. 23, while the NSCAA and Soccer America both moved the Bears from No. 16 to No. 25. SoccerTimes' poll hasn't been released.

CAL SHOOTS FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT: Six seniors, including U.S. under-21 national team midfielder Kimberly Yokers, look to lead Cal to its sixth consecutive and 11th overall NCAA Tournament bid. In 2002, the Bears tallied their first postseason victory since 1988 with a 2-0 opening-round win over No.19-ranked Denver. Cal lost its second-round match-up with No. 1 Stanford, 1-0, in overtime.

CAL PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL: Cal, which tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with Arizona State last year at 4-5, was picked to finish fifth in the 2003 Pac-10 preseason coaches' poll. Stanford was chosen to repeat as champion.

BEARS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT CAL INVITATIONAL: Cal rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Wisconsin, 2-1, in both teams' season opener on Aug. 29. Sophomore forward Tracy Hamm evened the score at 1-1 by scoring on a broken play in the 65th minute. Freshman forward Katy Ratican was credited with the assist. Sophomore forward Liz Eisenberg celebrated her 19th birthday by tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute off a pass from senior defender Amy Willison. The Bears won their fifth straight California Invitational by virtue of a 1-1 tie against Montana on Aug. 31. Sophomore forward Dania Cabello gave Cal a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 39th minute. After the Grizzlies tied the contest in the 55th minute, the Bears held them without a shot for the final 55 minutes but couldn't capitalize on their own 25-5 shot advantage.

SULPRIZIO SETS EDWARDS STADIUM CAL SAVE RECORD: Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio grabbed seven saves in Cal's victory over Wisconsin, breaking the previous Edwards Stadium Bear record. Three saves came in the first 10 minutes of the game on quality chances by the Badgers. Sulprizio and Mallory Moser held the previous Edwards Stadium record of six.

MORE ON SANTA CLARA: The Broncos tied No. 2 UCLA, 1-1, in their 2003 season opener and then defeated San Jose State, 9-1. Forward Bree Horvath posted three goals and an assist in her team's opening weekend. SCU is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in the NSCAA poll after holding the No. 1 spot in the NSCAA's preseason poll. Santa Clara won the national title in 2001, losing only to Cal and Pepperdine.

DID YOU KNOW?: Freshman midfielder/forward Bri Wiles, who hails from Santa Cruz, Calif., competed in two triathlons over the summer of 2003 and won the 2002 Monterey Bay Challenge Triathlon. Wiles' grandparents, Bob and Margie Wiles, also attended Cal.

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