No. 10 Cal Entertains Pacific, No. 4 Santa Clara
Sept. 12, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL HOSTS PACIFIC, NO. 4 SANTA CLARA: No. 10 California (5-0-1), which is the only undefeated team in the Pac-10, returns home to face Pacific (4-1-1) Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. and No. 4 Santa Clara (4-0-1) Sunday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The SCU game will be carried nationally by Fox Sports Net on a taped delayed basis. Jim Watson (play-by-play) and former Cal star Brittany Kirk - 1999-02 - (color) will broadcast the game. At 5-0-1, the Golden Bears are off to their best start since opening 2000 with an 8-0 record. Cal finished 2000 with a 17-3-1 record - the most wins in school history.
THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 10, according to last week's NSCAA poll. This week's NSCAA and SoccerTimes polls will be released tomorrow. The other polls have the Bears at No. 12 (Soccer America) and No. 19 (Soccer Buzz) this week.
CAL CLAIMS SAINT MARY'S FALL CLASSIC: Cal posted a 1-0 double overtime win over No. 24 Dartmouth last Friday and a 5-0 shutout of Southern Methodist last Sunday to claim the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic. Senior forward Liz Eisenberg dribbled the ball almost half the length of the field before netting the only goal against the Big Green in the 103rd minute. Eisenbeg scored Cal's first and fourth goals against SMU. Senior midfielder Lindsay Clute also notched two goals off the bench, while junior defender Alivia Mazura added her first goal of the season. Senior forward Dania Cabello had two assists (15 for her career, approaching Cal's top five), while senior midfielder Sierra Schlesinger and sophomore midfielder Laurie Gartrell tallied an assist each. The Bears out shot Dartmouth, 16-5, and SMU, 19-2.
BOYD REACHES 100-WIN MILESTONE: Cal head coach Kevin Boyd won his 100th career game (all with the Bears) against Dartmouth. He took his first step towards 200 wins with Cal's blowout victory over Southern Methodist. Boyd is the winningest coach in Cal women's soccer history at 101-54-14 (.639). Bill Merrill (83-85, 89-90) is second with 61 wins.
EISENBERG IS A GAME WINNER: After leading Cal with three game-winning goals in 2004, Liz Eisenberg already has a team-high four game-winning scores this year. The San Rafael, Calif., product added game-winning goals against No. 24 Dartmouth and SMU over the weekend to her game winners against Saint Mary's and Montana. The game-winning goal versus the Big Green was her second one in overtime at Saint Mayr's Stadium in 2005. Eisenberg also paces Cal in goals (5) and points (10) this season.
SULPRIZIO CLIMBS TO FIFTH FOR CAREER SHUTOUTS: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio grabbed three saves in Cal's 1-0 double overetime shutout of No. 24 Dartmouth. The shutout was her third of the season and 13th of her career, ranking her fifth all-time in career shutouts at Cal. Noreen Paris is fourth with 14. Sulprizio boasts a 0.18 goals-against average in 2005 after allowing only one goal in 490 minutes in the net.
CAL SHOWCASES STINGY DEFENSE: Cal has allowed its opponents only two goals through six games for a goals-against average of 0.30. The 1987 and 1989 squads set the school record for fewest goals allowed (11). It shouldn't be surprising that Cal's defense has performed so well since the Bears returned their starting goalkeeper (Ashley Sulprizio) and their starting backline of senior Tracy Hamm, junior Alivia Mazura and sophomores Kristine Relja and Courtney Hooker (second-team All-Pac-10 pick).
SCOUTING PACIFIC, SANTA CLARA: Pacific travels to Berkeley with a 4-1-1 record following wins over Fresno State (3-1) and San Jose State (2-1). The Tigers are led by Mandi Van Dorn (3G, 3A--9 points). Cal holds a 4-1 series edge. Santa Clara, a 2004 NCAA College Cup semifinalist, hosts UCLA Sept. 16 before playing Cal Sept. 18. The Broncos, who trail the Cal all-time series, 13-12-3, are led by Jordan Angeli (4G, 1A--9 points).
BEAR BITS: Cal has played three overtime contests this season after going extra minutes five times in 2004...redshirt freshman goalkeeper Nicole Jarbo saw her first action for Cal against SMU...a season-high 23 players saw minutes for Cal vs. the Mustangs...Lindsay Clute is tied for second on the team with six points after posting seven points during her first three years.
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