Bears Host Cal Invitational Labor Day Weekend

Aug. 31, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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BEARS RETURN HOME FOR CAL INVITATIONAL: Coming off a split in Nebraska, California returns home to host the 10th-annual Cal Invitational Friday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 5 at Edwards Stadium. The tournament kicks off on Friday with No. 21 Pepperdine (2-0) facing Columbia (0-0) at 2 p.m., followed by Cal (1-1) vs. Saint Mary's (2-0) at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's games pit Saint Mary's vs. Columbia at 2 p.m., followed by Cal vs. Pepperdine at 4:30 p.m. In 2003, Cal claimed its fifth straight Cal Invitational title with a 2-1 win versus Wisconsin and a 1-1 tie against Montana.CAL SPLITS IN NEBRASKA: Cal opened 2004 with a 3-0 shutout of Creighton Aug. 27 at the Nebraska adidas Invitational. Forward Liz Eisenberg started the scoring in the sixth minute (assist to forward Dania Cabello), and junior midfielder Lindsay Clute added an insurance goal - the first of her career - just before halftime. Assists were courtesy of forwards Caroline Lea and Katie Ratican. Freshman forward Stephanie Wieger capped the scoring in the 71st minute (assist to Sierra Schlesinger).Cal hung with No. 1 North Carolina Aug. 29 before losing, 4-2. The Tar Heels led only 1-0 at the half and went up 2-0 early in the second half. Wieger tallied her second goal of the weekend to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 40 minutes to play. UNC pushed ahead 4-1 before Cal midfielder Nadia Al-Lami converted on Cabello's perfectly lofted corner kick. Cal goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio tied her career high of eight saves vs. the Tar Heels.WIEGER PROVIDES SCORING PUNCH: Two games into the 2004 season, Wieger leads Cal in points (4) and goals (2). The Concord product earned a reputation as a scorer as a prep. She was a first team all-league selection at Carondelet HS as a junior and senior and led the BVAL/Walnut Creek Soccer Club to two Premeir League crowns as its leading scorer. Wieger also is active in the community.CABELLO, LEA HOLD ASSISTS LEAD: Junior Dania Cabello and freshman Caroline Lea are tied for the team lead with two assists. Cabello, from Piedmont, paced the Bears in assists as a freshman with seven but dished off only two as a sophomore in 2003. Lea, a U.S. under-19 pool player from Lakewood, Colo., is one of 11 true freshmen on this year's team that comprise the No. 10 recruiting class in the country.CAL EYES RETURN TO NCAAS: Cal looks for its 12th NCAA Tournament bid in 2004. After finishing with a below .500 record (7-8-4) for the first time in eight years, the Bears failed to advance to the postseason in 2003 for the first time in six seasons.YOUTH IS SERVED IN 2004: Cal welcomes back 14 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad, but none of the returners are seniors. The returning starters are defenders Alivia Mazura (sophomore, 2003 Freshman of the Year) and Tracy Hamm (junior), Al-Lami (2003 honorable mention All-Pac-10), Cabello and sophomore goalkeeper Anna Key.SCOUTING SMC, PEPPERDINE: Saint Mary's opened 2004 with a 1-0 win over Hawaii and a 2-1 triumph vs. Pacific. McKenna Belzer leads the team with five points (2G, 1A). Cal leads the all-time series with SMC, 10-8-3, with the teams tying, 1-1, in their last game in Moraga in 2002. Pepperdine is also 2-0 with shutouts against Cal State Fullerton (1-0) and San Jose State (3-0). Jenna Fodor paces her squad with five points (2G, 1A). Pepperdine and Cal tied, 2-2, in the teams' only meeting in Malibu in 1999.DID YOU KNOW: Cal alum Joy Fawcett (1986-89) won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games in her third Olympics for the United States. She garnered a gold medal in 1996 and a silver in 2000. She has announced her retirement from international play.

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