No. 10 Cal Plays No. 24 Dartmouth, SMU at SMC Tournament
Sept. 6, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL TRAVELS TO SAINT MARY'S TOURNAMENT: Off to its best start since the 2000 season, No. 10 California (3-0-1) competes at the Saint Mary's Tournament Friday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 11. The Bears face No. 24 Dartmouth (2-0) at 1 p.m. Friday, and Southern Methodist (3-2) at 10 a.m. Sunday. Cal head coach Kevin Boyd, the winningest coach in Golden Bear women's soccer history, is in search of his 100th career win (99-54-14).
BEARS OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2000: At 3-0-1, Cal is off to its best start since it opened the 2000 season with a 4-0 mark. Last season, the Bears posted a 2-1-1 mark through four games. In 2003, Cal went 2-0-2, while in 2002 and 2001, the Bears started 3-1.
THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 10 in the NSCAA poll. The other polls have the Bears tabbed No. 16 (Soccer America) and No. 26 (Soccer Buzz). The SoccerTimes' poll hasn't been released yet.
BEARS CLAIM SEVENTH STRAIGHT CAL INVITE: Cal defeated Montana, 3-1, and blanked UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, to claim its seventh straight Cal Invitational title. The Bears won the tournament based on the second tie breaker - total goals scored - over Saint Mary's. Saint Mary's posted only three goals in it's 1-0 (UCSB) and 2-0 (Montana) triumphs. Against the Grizzlies, Dania Cabello scored in the 15th minute, and Liz Eisenberg and Katie Ratican netted goals for the Bears in the second half. Junior Anna Key started in goal for Cal against Montana. Senior reserve midfielder Lindsay Clute accounted for the game-winning goal vs. UC Santa Barbara after the ball got bounced around a bit in the box. Sophomore reserve midfielder Laurie Gartrell and freshman reserve forward Katherine Daiss earned the assists.
EISENBERG IS A GAME WINNER: After leading Cal with three game-winning goals in 2004, Eisenberg provided the Bears' first game-winning score of 2005 against Saint Mary's and added another game winner in Cal's 3-1 triumph over Montana. The San Rafael, Calif., product currently is tied with Cabello for the team lead in goals (2) and points (4). Eisenberg led Cal in points (21) and goals (9) last season.
SULPRIZIO CLIMBS TO FIFTH FOR CAREER SHUTOUTS: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio recorded only one save in Cal's 1-0 shutout of UC Santa Barbara. The shutout was her second of the season and 12th of her career, moving her into sole possession for fifth all-time in career shutouts at Cal.
CAL RETURNS EVERYONE FROM '04 NCAA TEAM: Cal has the luxury of returning all 11 starters from last season's NCAA Tournament-qualifying team. The Bears, who lost to Santa Clara, 2-1, in the first round of the 2004 playoffs, have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including six of the last seven seasons. This year's team boasts ample leadership with six seniors and four All-Pac-10 honorees. Sophomore defender Courtney Hooker garnered second-team All-Pac-10 accolades, while junior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami, sophomore forward Stephanie Wieger and Igwe received honorable mention.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH, SMU: Dartmouth is undefeated this season at 2-0 after recording a 7-6-4 record last season. The Big Green, which are ranked No. 24 in the coaches' poll, are led by Sarah Johnson, who had two goals and an assist in the season-opening 3-1 win over VCU. Southern Methodist finished 2004 with a 15-4-3 mark, advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This year, the Mustangs are off to a 3-2 start after losing 3-1 at home to North Texas Sept. 4. Kimber Bailey paces SMU with five goals and 10 points. Friday is Cal's first game vs. Dartmouth, while the Bears are 2-0 all-time against Southern Methodist.
DID YOU KNOW: Cal has played 21 players in three of its four games this season. Many Cal players traveled over the summer, including Key (Malawi, Africa), Cabello (Brazil), Eisenberg (Brazil and Paris), Hooker and sophomore defender Kristine Relja (Europe), Al-Lami (Argentina) and junior midfielder Beth DeAraujo (Brazil). Daiss played trombone in her high school's jazz band that traveled to France and Switzerland.