Cal Plays Colgate, San Jose State at SMC Invite
Sept. 7, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL FACES COLGATE, SAN JOSE STATE: Coming off a 0-0 tie to No. 19 Pepperdine, Cal plays at the Saint Mary's Invitational in Moraga, Calif., Friday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 12. The Golden Bears (2-1-1), who are receiving votes in several polls, face Colgate (3-1) on Friday at 1 p.m., and San Jose State (1-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m.BEARS EARN SHARE OF CAL INVITE TITLE: For the sixth straight year, Cal won or earned a share of the Cal Invitational title. A 21st-minute goal from junior forward Dania Cabello (assist to Nadia Al-Lami) lifted Cal to a 1-0 victory over Saint Mary's Sept. 3. The Bears tied No. 19 Pepperdine, 0-0, in double overtime Sept. 5 but had more quality scoring opportunities than the Waves. Cal held a 16-10 shot advantage and an 11-2 corner kick edge. The Pepperdine result marked Cal's first win or tie against a ranked foe since the Bears tied No. 25 Princeton, 1-1, Sept. 21, 2003 at Edwards Stadium.CABELLO AHEAD OF LAST YEAR'S PACE:With Cabello's first goal of 2004 against Saint Mary's, she now has four points in 2004 (one goal, two assists) through four games. In 19 games in 2003, the Piedmont, Calif., product posted only six points (two goals, two assists). Freshman forward Stephanie Wieger (Concord, CA) shares the team points lead (four) with Cabello, and leads the team with two goals.FIVE FORWARDS GIVE CAL SCORING PUNCH: Cal's depth may be most prevalent at the forward position. According to coach Kevin Boyd, all five of his forwards are capable of starting, so he has the luxury of rotating them to always have fresh legs on the field. Junior Liz Eisenberg, freshman Caroline Lea - a Soccer Buzz Top 25 recruit - and Cabello tend to get the starting call, but the Bears don't lose a beat with sophomore Katie Ratican and Wieger coming off the bench. Five different players have scored Cal's six goals, with Wieger netting two goals and Cabello and Eisenberg each posting one. Midfielders Lindsay Clute and Al-Lami also have a goal each.SULPRIZIO ANCHORS RESURGENT BEARS' DEFENSE: Redshirt junior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio is happy to be back in the Bears' lineup this year. Sulprizio started the first four games of 2003, but missed the final 15 games of last season with a broken thumb. Cal has blanked 75 percent (3 of 4) of its opponents this year, and Sulprizio has played 362 of her team's 380 minutes. Having a veteran in goal is important to the Bears, who feature a young backline - two freshmen (Courtney Hooker and Kristine Relja), a sophomore (Alivia Mazura) and a junior (Tracy Hamm). Mazura and Hamm made the switch to defender this year. Sophomore Anna Key (15 games in 2003, 1.16 GAA) and freshman Nicole Jarbo give the Bears exceptional depth in goal.SCOUTING COLGATE, SAN JOSE STATE: Colgate is 3-1 and is averaging 2.75 goals per game. Franny Iacuzzi carries the load for the Raiders with 14 points (six goals, two assists). Cal defeated Colgate, 2-0, in the team's only meeting in Pleasanton, Calif., in 1995. San Jose State is 1-3 in 2004, with its only win coming against IUPUI (3-1). Shannon Leslie paces her squad with four points (two goals). Cal is 2-0 all-time against San Jose State. In 2004, the Bears downed SJSU, 9-1, in an exhibition game.DID YOU KNOW: Freshan defender Dayna Queisser's sister, Kelley, finished her lacrosse career at Cal in 2004. Their grandfather, Art Queisser, played for the Chicago Cubs. The athletic lineage also includes their father, Harold, who lettered in baseball and football at Illinois State.