No. 14 Cal Hosts ASU, No. 24 Arizona

Oct. 12, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL CONTINUES HOMESTAND VS ASU, ARIZONA: After a dramatic 1-1 tie against No. 8 Stanford, No. 14 California (7-2-2, 0-0-1 Pac-10) hosts Arizona State (5-6-1, 1-0-1) Friday, Oct. 15 and No. 24 Arizona (11-2, 2-0) Sunday, Oct. 17 at Edwards Stadium. Game time is at 1 p.m. each day. Cal is 3-0-2 this season at home.

THIS WEEK'S POLLS: Cal received mixed reviews in the polls this week after losing to nationally-ranked Santa Clara and tying nationally-ranked Stanford. Soccer America dropped Cal one spot from No. 13 to No. 14, Soccer Buzz moved the Bears from No. 7 to No. 16, and SoccerTimes has Cal at No. 19 after being No. 15 last week. Cal is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll after previously holding the No. 11 spot.

SULPRIZIO NETS RARE GK GOAL: Redshirt junior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio contributed to Cal's offense and defense last week. With less than three minutes remaining in the game and Cal down 1-0 to No. 8 Stanford, the 6-1 Sulprizio headed in a perfect corner kick service from freshman midfielder Chioma Igwe to even the score. Igwe has posted an assist in three of Cal's last four games. Due to Sulprizio's rare goalkeeper goal and her seven saves, Cal salvaged a 1-1 double overtime tie against the Cardinal. Leah Tapscott scored for Stanford in the 81st minute on a set piece, as well. Sulprizio snared five saves in Cal's 3-1 loss to No. 16 Santa Clara.

OFFENSE WAY AHEAD OF 2003: In 2004, Cal already has posted 27 goals - with nine players accounting for them - on the heels of a 22-goal output last season. The Bears have scored at least two goals in seven of 11 games and rank third in the Pac-10 in total goals behind Arizona and UCLA, which are tied at 30. However, the Wildcats (two more) and Bruins (one more) have both played more games than the Bears. Cal's 2.45 goals per game is second to UCLA (2.50) in the Pac-10. Cal leads the conference in assists per game at 2.55 (28 total).

EISENBERG, WIEGER FORM ONE-TWO SCORING PUNCH: Junior forward Liz Eisenberg and freshman forward Stephanie Wieger lead a powerful Cal offense this year. Eisenberg, a native of San Rafael, Calif., is first on the team with 18 points (T4th Pac-10) and eight goals (T2nd Pac-10). Eisenberg tallied four total points (two goals) in her first two years in Berkeley. Another local product, Wieger (Concord) is second on the team with 15 points (T7th Pac-10) and paces the Bears with five assists (T2nd Pac-10). Wieger tallied Cal's only goal in the 81st minute in a 3-1 loss to No. 16 Santa Clara last week. Sophomore forward Katie Ratican assisted on the play.

SCOUTING ASU, ARIZONA: Arizona State is struggling at 5-6-1 overall (1-0-1 Pac-1). The Sun Devils, however, have played a tough schedule, with three losses coming against ranked foes - Florida State, Notre Dame and Pepperdine. Katie Leahy and Elizabeth Bogus lead the team with 12 points each. Opponents have notched 21 goals against ASU, which finished 2003 with a 13-5-3 record (6-2-1 Pac-10/2nd) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. After posting a 6-11-2 overall mark last season and tying for ninth in the conference with Cal at 2-6-1, Arizona is ranked No. 24 this week by Soccer America and boasts an 11-2 record (2-0 Pac-10). Mallory Miller leads the team with 18 points (5G, 8A). Cal leads the series with ASU, 4-2-1, but lost 3-2 in Tempe last season. The Bears are 9-0 against the Wildcats, including a 3-0 shutout in Tucson in 2003. Cal's Katie Ratican tallied a goal against ASU and Arizona last year.

DID YOU KNOW: Cal's seven shutouts this season equal its total from 2003. In contrast, the Bears have only failed to score once this season, tying No. 19 Pepperdine, 0-0 in double overtime, Sept. 5. Cal was shut out six times last season.

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