Hooker Tabbed Freshman All-American By Soccer Buzz

Jan. 12, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - California freshman defender Courtney Hooker was one of 12 players named a 2004 Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz Magazine. Hooker also garnered third team All-West region and All-Freshman West region honors from the women's college soccer Web site.

Joining Hooker on the All-Freshman West squad were teammates Chioma Igwe (midfielder) and Stephanie Wieger (forward).

Hooker started all 20 of Cal's games, helping the Bears post a 0.76 goals-against average, the fourth-best mark in the Pac-10. The product of Woodland Hills, Calif., played a big role in the Bears recording 11 shutouts, for a 0.55 shutout percentage (T14th NCAA). Also in 2004, Hooker earned second team All-Pac-10 and third team NSCAA/adidas All-West region accolades.

Igwe, a member of the U.S. under-19 national team, posted seven points from one goal and five assists in her rookie campaign. As the season progressed, the Belmont, Calif., product began to exert her presence more in the midfield and showcase her passing talents. She scored the game-winning goal in Cal's 1-0 decision at Washington State and posted an assist in a first round NCAA Tournament game against Santa Clara.

Wieger finished second on the team in points (19) and goals (7) and tied Igwe for the team lead in assists (5). A product of Concord, Calif., Wieger tallied game-winning goals in Cal's 1-0 triumph over then-No. 24 Arizona and in the Bears' 1-0 double overtime win over then-No. 6 UCLA. The Wildcats and the Bruins tied for the Pac-10 title at 6-3. Wieger and Igwe were tabbed honorable mention All-Pac-10.

Cal finished 2004 with an 11-6-3 record and received its sixth NCAA Tournament selection in the last seven years.

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