No. 10 Cal Hosts No. 22 Dayton and No. 25 Princeton
Sept. 15, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: Undefeated in 2003, No. 10 California (2-0-2) wraps up a three-game homestand this week against No. 22 Dayton (4-1-1) and No. 25 Princeton(3-0-0). The Golden Bears entertain the Flyers on Friday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. and the Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
BEARS EARN SEASON-BEST RANKING: Cal received mixed reviews in the three major polls released today. The NSCAA bumped the Bears from No. 13 to No. 10 (season best in any of the polls), and Soccer America kept Cal at No. 14. Despite not losing last week, Soccer Buzz dropped the Bears from No. 21 to No. 23.
CAL SHUTS OUT FRESNO STATE: Cal scored early and late to defeat Fresno State,2-0, on Sept. 14. Sophomore forward Liz Eisenberg gave Cal a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute by capitalizing on a Bulldog defensive miscue. Freshman midfielder Nadia Al-Lami provided an insurance goal for the Bears in the 87th minute on a header off senior midfielder Kimberly Yokers' (U.S. under-21 national team) corner kick.
EISENBERG IGNITES CAL'S OFFENSE: What a difference a year has made for Liz Eisenberg. As a freshman in 2002, Eisenberg was held scoreless in eight contests as a reserve after missing the beginning of the season with a knee injury. In 2003, she has started all four games on Cal's frontline and has posted the game-winning goals in each of the Bears' wins. Her two goals lead the team.
SULPRIZIO SUPER IN GOAL: Cal's roster features two talented goalkeepers in sophomore Ashley Sulprizio and freshman Anna Key. Key hasn't had a chance to showcase her abilities yet this season, as Sulrpizio has played well through four games. Sulprizio boasts a 0.45 goals-against average and has posted back-to-back shutouts against then-No. 3 Santa Clara (0-0 2OT) and Fresno State (2-0). Against the Broncos, the Gardnerville, Nev., product matched her career high of eight saves, earning a spot on Soccer America's Team of the Week. In Cal's 2003 season opener vs. Wisconsin, Sulprizio's seven saves set a new Bears' Edwards Stadium record. Last season, Sulprizio sported a 1.38 GAA and tallied two shutouts in seven starts.
FRESHMEN HAVING IMPACT: The Cal freshmen class, which was ranked No. 14 in the nation by Soccer Buzz, has had an impact this season. Against Fresno State, two freshmen started for the Bears and three saw significant minutes as substitutes. Defensive midfielder Nadia Al-Lami started her second straight game and netted her first collegiate goal. Defender Emily Ward also played well in her first collegiate start. Bri Wiles (F/M), Katie Ratican (F) and Alivia Mazura (F/M) have made solid contributions in all four games this year.
SCOUTING DAYTON, PRINCETON: No. 22 Dayton travels to Berkeley with a 4-1-1 record, including four shutout wins. Jen Simonetti paces the Flyers with five points (2G, 1A). Esmeralda Negron leads No. 25 Princeton (3-0-0) with seven points (3G, 1A). Cal has never played Dayton or Princeton.
DID YOU KNOW?: Sophomore forward Tracy Hamm is Cal's top returning scorer from last season with 18 points (9G), but when she first arrived on campus, the Bears expected her to help their backline. Hamm has one goal in 2003.