No. 10 Cal Travels to No. 22 Arizona, ASU
Oct. 18, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
NO. 10 CAL TRAVELS TO ARIZONA, ASU: Coming off four straight shutout victories, No. 10 California travels to No. 22 Arizona (8-4-2, 3-1 Pac-10, T3rd), Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. PT and to Arizona State (8-5-2, 3-1, T3rd) Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. PT. The Golden Bears (10-2-1, 3-0 Pac-10) have equaled their best start since 2001 when they opened that season with the same record. Cal shares first place in the Pac-10 with UCLA (13-1).
THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 10, according to the NSCAA, Soccer Buzz and SoccerTimes. Soccer America has the Bears tabbed No. 13. The Bears' best ranking of the year was No. 8 by the NSCAA (Sept. 13).
SULPRIZIO NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER STANFORD WIN: Cal netted two second-half goals off corner kicks to defeat then-No. 15 Stanford, 2-0, Oct. 15 on the road. The shutout was the Bears fourth straight and gave them their first win over Stanford since a 2-0 triumph in 2000 in Berkeley. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Lea tallied the first goal of the game in the 71st minute, and sophomore forward Stephanie Wieger capped the scoring in the 80th minute with her first goal of 2005 (had 19 points - 7 goals, 5 assists - in 2004). Junior forward Katie Ratican notched assists on both goals. Cal senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio snared six saves to earn her seventh shutout and earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.
CAL DEFENSE NO. 5 NATIONALLY: Cal ranks No. 5 in the nation for goals-against average at 0.359 after allowing only five goals in about 1,255 minutes of soccer. The Bears are also tied for fifth in the country for shutout percentage at 0.69 (9-of-13 games). Ashley Sulprizio ranks sixth nationally in goals-against average at 0.319 (four goals, 11 games, 1,128 minutes). Sulprizio has recorded seven of Cal's shutouts and has 17 for her career (fourth all-time at Cal). She is chasing Noreen Paris' 1985 school record for GAA in a season (0.45) and Karen Cook's 1996 Cal record for shutouts in a season (11). The 1987 and 1989 Cal teams set the school record for fewest goals allowed (11). The 1988 squad posted the school record for GAA (0.52).
LEA CATCHING FIRE IN PAC-10'S: Midfielder Caroline Lea has netted the game-winning goal for Cal in two of its first three Pac-10 games. The goals were her first points of 2005 and both came on headers off corner kicks. Lea, a 5-8 product of Lakewood, Colo., tallied seven points in 2004 (two goals, three assists) playing primarily at forward. Lea, who has started seven of the Bears' 13 games, attended a U.S. under-20 national team camp in May 2005.
RATICAN STEPPING UP OFF CAL BENCH: Cal boasts one of the deepest frontlines in the country - sometimes going eight deep in games. Katie Ratican is one of the first forwards to come off the Bears' bench, and she is making the most of her opportunties. The Fullerton, Calif., native is fourth on the team with eight points after garnering a goal and three assists in the Bears' last three outings. Ratican is tied for the team lead in assists with four.
CABELLO CLIMBS TO FIFTH ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS AT CAL: Senior forward Dania Cabello posted her team-high fourth assist against Washington State, moving her to fifth all-time in school history with 17 assists. Joy Biefeld (1986-89) owns the school record of 23. Cabello is second on the team with 12 points (four goals, four assists) in 2005.
SCOUTING ARIZONA, ASU: No. 22 Arizona (Soccer Buzz) is fourth in the Pac-10 in goals this season with 25, and Mallory Miller leads the conference in goals (15) and points (34). Cal leads the all-time series with Arizona, 10-0. Stephanie Wieger scored the only goal in Cal's 1-0 triumph over Arizona in Berkeley in 2004. Arizona State ranks second in the Pac-10 in goals scored this season with 32, but is tied for eighth in goals allowed (21). Elizabeth Bogus stands third in the Pac-10 in goals (11) and second in points (28). The Bears hold a 4-3-1 edge in the all-time series with the Sun Devils, but ASU defeated Cal, 1-0, in Berkeley in 2004.
BEAR BITS: Senior forward Liz Eisenberg leads Cal in points (14), goals (6) and game-winning goals (4)...Cal has played five overtime contests (3-1-1) this season after going extra minutes five times in 2004.