No. 3-Seeded Cal Faces UTEP in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Nov. 12, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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Bears Pursue School-Record Win Total
No. 3-seeded and sixth-ranked Cal faces UTEP (20-3-1) Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. CT (noon PT) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, with a 15-3-2 overall record, which is its best since sporting a 17-3-1 mark in 2000. The 17 wins are a school record. The Bears have notched 16 wins three times in the program's 24-year history, making this year's win total the fifth highest since the formation of the program in 1982. The winner of the Cal-UTEP game meets the winner of the No. 2-seeded Florida State-Illinois contest in the third round Nov. 18, 19 or 20.

Second-Round History
Cal's 2-0 victory over Rice Nov. 11 was the Bears' second NCAA Tournament win since 1988, with the other being a 2-0 triumph over Denver in 2002 at Stanford, Calif. Cal looks to advance past the second round in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988 (advanced to the NCAA semifinals) with a victory against UTEP. During the Bears' second straight NCAA Final Four appearance in 1988, they defeated Saint Mary's, 2-0, in Berkeley and beat Colorado College, 2-1, in overtime in Colorado Springs, Colo., before falling to North Carolina State, 1-0, in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the semifinals. Cal made its first of three Final Four showings in 1984.

Cal Ties School Shutout Record
The Bears have recorded 14 shutouts this season, matching the school record set in 1988. This year's team goals-against average of 0.38 is well of ahead of the 1988 school record of 0.52. Cal has permitted only eight goals in 2005, which is ahead of the school record of 11 (1987, 1989).

Sulprizio Fantastic in Goal
Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio has 10 of Cal's 14 shutouts this year and 20 for her career, moving her into a tie for third all-time in school history in shutouts with U.S. Olympian Mary Harvey (1983-86).

The Series
Cal and UTEP have never faced each other. The Bears are 2-0 at Myers Stadium, having defeated Texas, 2-1, in 2001. The Miners and the Bears have two common opponents this season. Cal defeated Southern Methodist, 5-0, while UTEP lost, 2-1. UTEP has also lost twice to Rice this year (3-1, 3-0 - both at Rice).

Eisenberg - a Game Winner
Senior forward Liz Eisenberg leads Cal in points (25), goals (11) and game-winning goals (7) for the second straight season. Twelve of Eisenberg's 22 career goals have been game-winners. She has tallied five goals and an assist in the last four games. Eisenberg was named to the second-team All-Pac-10 Nov. 10 after amassing only four points (two goals) in her first two years at Cal.

Gartrell Posts First Goal of 2005
Sophomore Laurie Gartrell, who has spent most of her Cal career in the midfield, made the most of her time on the team's frontline against Rice. She posted her first goal of the season and second of her career to put the Bears ahead 2-0.

Hamm Terrific on Defense and Offense
Senior defender Tracy Hamm proved why she was a second-team All-Pac-10 choice this season. She helped Cal secure the shutout against Rice and posted her third assist of the season, the most of any of the Bears' defenders.

Same Offensive Output, Better Defense Than 2004
Cal's 37 goals equal its total from 2004, but last season, the Bears allowed nine more goals than they have this year.

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