Al-Lami Named 2004 Team MVP

Feb. 2, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore midfielder Nadia Al-Lami was named Most Valuable Player of the 2004 California women's soccer team at the annual awards banquet Jan. 28.

Al-Lami was tabbed honorable mention All-Pac-10 for the second straight year, tying for third on the team with a career-best 10 points and tying for second on the team with four assists. More important than statistics, Cal relies on Al-Lami for her leadership, physical play, ability to win loose balls and knack for setting the tempo for its offense.

Junior forward Liz Eisenberg garnered Most Valuable Offensive Player accolades, while freshman defender Courtney Hooker received the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year awards. Eisenberg led the Bears in points (21) and goals (9) after tallying a combined four points in her first two seasons. Hooker also was named second team All-Pac-10 and third team NSCAA all-region.

Junior midfielder Lindsay Clute was honored as the Bears' Most Improved Player and received the Coaches Award. Clute recorded seven points, from two goals and three assists, in 2004 after seeing limited minutes in her first two campaigns.

Redshirt freshman midfielder Jenny Wendell was picked as the Most Inspirational Player and earned the Golden Bear Award for having the highest GPA on the women's soccer team.

Cal returns everyone from last year's team, which posted an 11-6-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven years.