No. 15 Cal Visits USC, No. 6 UCLA

Oct. 19, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL VISITS USC, UCLA: After surpassing last season's win total with a 1-0 shutout of No. 24 Arizona, No. 15 California (8-3-2, 1-1-1 Pac-10, T6th) plays at USC (8-5-1, 2-2, T4th) Friday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. and at No. 6 UCLA (10-4, 3-1, T1st) Sunday, Oct. 24 at noon. The Golden Bears wrap up the regular season with four of six games on the road.

THIS WEEK'S POLLS: For the fifth week in a row, Cal has earned a national ranking. Soccer America has Cal at No. 15 (was No. 14), Soccer Buzz dropped the Bears from No. 16 to No. 19 and SoccerTimes moved Cal from No. 19 to No. 20.

WIEGER WORKS WONDERS: Cal clearly missed freshman forward Stephanie Wieger in a sluggish 1-0 loss to Arizona State last Friday. Wieger, who is a fast and energetic player, suffered a concussion Oct. 13 in practice and wasn't cleared to play against the Sun Devils. Sunday, the Concord, Calif., product returned to the lineup and scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 triumph over No. 24 Arizona. In the 56th minute, junior midfielder Lindsay Clute sent the ball down field to junior forward Liz Eisenberg who then slipped the ball into the box to Wieger for her sixth goal of the season. Wieger is second on the team in points (17) and goals and leads the team in assists (5). Eisenberg paces Cal in goals (8) and points (19).

BEARS BENEFIT FROM DEPTH AT GOALKEEPER: Cal is fortunate to have two top-notch goalkeepers - junior Ashley Sulprizio (Gardnerville, NV) and sophomore Anna Key (Oakland, CA) - vying for playing time. Sulprizio has started and played in 10 games and boasts a 1.11 goals-against average, allowing 10 goals in 807 minutes in the net. Her 0.00 GAA tops the Pac-10. In addition, Sulprizio scored a goal off a corner kick in Cal's 1-1 tie against Stanford. Key has played in seven games and is 3-0 as a starter. She has yet to allow a goal in 403 minutes of action. Freshman Nicole Jarbo (Palmdale, CA) added competition in goal until she tore her ACL earlier this month.

BEAR BITS: Cal has 28 goals this season, surpassing 2003's total of 22...the Bears have recorded eight shutouts in 2004, one more than a year ago...the win over No. 24 Arizona was Cal's first over a ranked team since the Bears defeated No. 22 Dayton, 2-0, Sept. 19, 2003...four freshmen regularly start for Cal - center backs Kristine Relja (Pleasanton, CA) and Courtney Hooker (Woodland Hills, CA), midfielder Chioma Igwe (Belmont, CA) and forward Stephanie Wieger (Concord, CA)...four other freshmen frequently see playing time - defenders Caitlin Hannegan (San Rafael, CA) and Katie Martinez (Fremont, CA), midfielder Laurie Gartrell (La Jolla, CA) and forward Caroline Lea (Lakewood, CO).

SCOUTING USC, UCLA: USC is 8-5-1 overall (2-2 Pac-10), and three of the Trojans' losses have come against ranked opponents (Florida State, Tennessee and Washington). Rosa Anna Tantillo, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, leads the team in points (21) and goals (9). USC leads the all-time series against Cal, 5-4, and has won the last two games, including a 1-0 shutout in Berkeley in 2003. UCLA (10-4, 3-1) is ranked as high as No. 6 by Soccer America. The Bruins lead the Pac-10 in goals per game at 2.50, while Cal is second at 2.15. UCLA has averaged 3.75 gpg during their four conference contests. Brystyn Davis paces the team with 25 points (10G, 5A). UCLA leads the series with Cal, 7-3, and has won five in a row. In 2003, the Bruins blanked the Bears, 1-0, in Berkeley.

DID YOU KNOW: Junior forward Dania Cabello and sophomore goalkeeper Anna Key grew up playing soccer together in the Oakland area and were reunited at Cal after attending different high schools. Cabello graduated from Head-Royce, and Key attended Bishop O'Dowd.

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