Cal to Retire World Cup and Olympic Star Joy Fawcett's Number
March 7, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Joy Fawcett, who starred at California from 1986-89, will have her uniform number retired before the Golden Bears' annual alumni game Saturday, March 11, at Memorial Stadium. The alumni game, which pits former Cal women's soccer players against the current team, kicks off at approximately 1:15 p.m. Fawcett's No. 5 will be retired at a 1 p.m. pre-game ceremony, and fans can see her play in the alumni game.
The only three-time first-team All-American in Cal women's soccer history, Fawcett was a forward for the Golden Bears and still holds the program's career records for points (133) and assists (23) and is second in goals (55). In the Cal season record book, Fawcett is first for points (54, 1987) and is tied for first in goals (23, 1987). She led the Bears to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1987 and 1988.
Fawcett (maiden name Biefeld) retired from an 18-year career with the U.S. national team after winning a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics - her third straight Olympic appearance and second gold medal (other in 1996). She also has competed in four World Cups, helping the U.S. claim the titles in 1991 and 1999. She played in every minute of the last three Olympics and World Cups.
Fawcett, 38, finished her U.S. national team career after playing in 239 games (27 goals, 23 assists) despite taking time off to have three children in the 13-year span between the team's first Women's World Cup title in 1991 and its 2004 gold medal. The product of Huntington Beach is recognized as the ultimate 'Soccer Mom.'
She started her career as a midfielder for the U.S. team, but moved to the back in 1991 and stayed there for the remainder of her national team stint. She retired as the top scoring defender in U.S. Soccer history, with her dramatic game-winning header against Germany in the 1999 Women's World Cup quarterfinal perhaps her greatest goal.
In 2003 as a member of the San Diego Spirit of the now defunct WUSA, Fawcett earned first-team All-WUSA honors as well as the 2003 WUSA Defender of the Year award.