No. 15 Cal Travels to Ohio State Invitational
Sept. 11, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL PLAYS OHIO STATE, DAYTON: No. 15 California (4-0-2), the only undefeated team in the Pac-10, wraps up its four-game road trip at the Ohio State Invitational Friday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 17, in Columbus, Ohio. The Golden Bears face host Ohio State (2-2-1) Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and then meet Dayton (0-2-3) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET.
RANKINGS: Cal climbed three spots to No. 15 according to Soccer America and stayed at No. 16 in this week's Soccer Buzz poll. Soccer Times, which had the Bears listed as No. 14 last week, and the NSCAA, which previously tabbed Cal No. 16, haven't released polls yet this week.
CAL BEATS AIR FORCE, TIES VANDERBILT: Three different players scored in Cal's 3-1 victory over Air Force Sept. 7 on the first day of the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic. Redshirt junior forward Bri Wiles, who missed the previous game with a quad injury, gave Cal a 1-0 lead with her first goal of the season in the 21st minute. Air Force's Katherine Taylor tied the game at the 39:16 mark when she converted a 35-yard half-volley for the first goal Cal has surrendered this season. Junior forward Stephanie Wieger answered 18 seconds later for the Bears with what held up to be the game-winning score. Senior forward Julia Schnugg gave Cal an insurance goal in the 54th minute when she capitalized in stride on a perfect pass from Wiles. Senior forward Katie Ratican joined Wiles in the assist column on the play. Cal outshot Vanderbilt, 11-4, but had to settle for a 0-0 double overtime tie Sept. 9. Freshman defender Brianna Bak tallied two of Cal's three shots on goal, while Vanderbilt had none.
SHUTOUT MANIA: Cal leads the Pac-10 in goals allowed (1) and shutouts (5) this season. Senior goalkeeper Anna Key owns a 0.16 goals-against average (first Pac-10) after allowing one goal in approximately 565 minutes in the net. She has been credited with all five of the Bears' shutouts in 2006, moving her into sixth place all-time at Cal with 13 career shutouts. Key started 14-of-15 games she played as a freshman before serving primarily as a reserve the last two seasons. The Oakland, Calif., product was named the 2006 NCAA Division I Female Sportsmanship Award winner for the work she has done to help the children of Malawi and the country's women's soccer federation. Cal has posted shutouts in 19 of its last 28 games, dating back to last year when the Bears tied the school season record of 14.
BEAR BITS: Sophomore forward Valerie Barnes leads Cal in points (4) and goals (2). Katie Ratican holds the team lead in assists with two and now has 15 for her career. Cal has placed 31-of-63 (49.2%) shots on goal, compared to 29.7% (11-of-37) for its opponents. Cal continues to showcase great depth, as 19 players have seen action in at least three contests this year. Freshman goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini came off the bench against Air Force for her first action of the season. Pellegrini showed why she was also a kciker on the Santa Rosa High School football team when she booted her first punt three-fourths of the way down field.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE, DAYTON: Ohio State (2-2-1) is coming off a 3-0 setback to Kentucky. Lara Dickenmann leads the Buckeyes with five points (2G, 1A). Cal looks to improve to 3-0 against Big Ten foes this sesaon after opening 2006 with 1-0 wins over Indiana and Wisconsin. Dayton, a member of the Atlantic 10, is 0-2-3 after tying Illinois State, 0-0, Sept. 10. Five different players have scored the Flyers' five goals. Cal is 1-0 all-time against Ohio State and Dayton. The Bears blanked Ohio State, 2-0, Aug. 30, 2002, in Berkeley, and shut out Dayton, 2-0, Sept. 19, 2003, in Berkeley.