Hooker Selected Team MVP, Invited to U.S. U20 National Camp

Dec. 12, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomore Courtney Hooker was named Most Valuable Player of the 2005 California women's soccer team Dec. 10 at the team's annual awards banquet at the Hall of Fame Room at Memorial Stadium.

Hooker, who has started all 42 games of her career on the Bears' backline, was an integral part of Cal's dominating defense in 2005. The Bears finished the season ranked seventh in the nation in goals-against average at 0.475 (school record) and eighth in shutout percentage at 0.64 (14-of-22 games). The 14 shutouts tied the 1988 Bears for the most in school history. This year, Cal also tied the 1987 and 1989 teams for the fewest goals allowed (11). In 1987 and 1989, Cal played five and four games, respectively, fewer than this season.

After earning second team All-Pac-10 recognition as a freshman, Hooker was picked to the first team this year. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native was invited to compete in next month's U.S. under-20 national team camp.

Senior forward Liz Eisenberg was chosen Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Player, and Hooker garnered the team's Defensive MVP award. Both athletes earned their awards for the second straight year.

Eisenberg garnered second-team All-Pac-10 distinction after leading the Bears in points (26), goals (11) and game-winning goals (7) for the second consecutive year. She posted five goals and two assists over the final six games of 2005 and finished her career with 51 points (22 goals and seven assists).

Other awards went to Valerie Barnes (Freshman of the Year), Jamie Mangiardi (Most Improved Player), Lindsay Clute (Most Inspirational), Jenny Wendell (Most Inspirational), Sierra Schlesinger (Golden Bear Award), Tracy Hamm (Golden Bear Award) and Alivia Mazura (Coaches Award).

Cal finished 2005 with a 16-4-2 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. The 16 wins were one shy of the school record and the 7-1-1 Pac-10 mark was the Bears' best ever.

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio ended the year ranked ninth in the nation in goals-against average at 0.474. Her 20 career shutouts tied for third in school history. Senior forward Dania Cabello wrapped up her Cal career tied for fourth all-time in program history with 18 assists.

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