Cal Hosts No. 4 Santa Clara, No. 11 Stanford
Oct. 31, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL HOSTS SANTA CLARA, STANFORD: California (9-4-5, 2-3-3, 6th Pac-1) wraps up the regular season at home against No. 4 Santa Clara (14-3-1, 4-1-1 WCC) Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 2:45 p.m. and versus No. 11 Stanford (13-5-1, 6-1-1, 2nd Pac-10) Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. The Golden Bears look to have a successful week to solidify their 14th NCAA Tournament bid. The NCAA Selection Show is Monday, Nov. 6, between 12-1 p.m. PT on ESPNEWS.
SENIOR DAY: Prior to the Stanford game Sunday, Cal will honor its five seniors and two redshirt juniors. The players being recognized include goalkeeper Anna Key (Oakland) defender Alivia Mazura (Newport Beach), midfielders Nadia Al-Lami (Santa Cruz) and Jenny Wendell (San Francisco) and forwards Katie Ratican (Fullerton), Julia Schnugg (Alamo) and Bri Wiles (Santa Cruz).
BEARS TIE OREGON, BEAT OREGON STATE: Cal outshot Oregon, 16-5, but ended up tying the Ducks, 0-0, in double overtime Oct. 27. Freshman forward Lisa Kevorkian and freshman midfielder Kelly Menachof led the Bears with four shots each. Cal held a 5-1 shot advantage in overtime and had several quality opportunities to pull out the victory. The Bears continued their shot onslaught against Oregon State Oct. 29 and earned a 2-0 win. Cal held a 20-3 shot advantage over the Beavers. Kevorkian and senior forward Julia Schnugg each posted a goal and an assist in the game. After a scoreless first half, Kevorkian netted her first goal of the season in the 51st minute off of a through ball from Schnugg. In the 66th minute, Schnugg tallied her fourth goal of the season on a scramble in the box after a corner kick. Kevorkian and senior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami were credited with assists. Freshman goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini was credited with both shutouts and earned her first win against the Beavers.
RATICAN LEADS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL CAL ATTACK: Katie Ratican leads Cal with career highs of 13 points and five goals. She also paces the team with three assists. The product of Fullerton, Calif., has improved her output each year at Cal - seven points (2003), 10 points (2004) and 12 points (2005). Prior to 2006, her career high for goals was three in 2004 and 2005. Ten players have accounted for the Bears' 22 goals, with Julia Schnugg second on the team with four goals (nine total points). Kelly Menachof is second on the team with three goals. Junior forwards Stephanie Wieger and Bri Wiles and sophomore forward Valerie Barnes have tallied two goals each.
BEAR BITS: Cal owns 10 shutouts this season after tying a school record with 14 shutouts in 2005. Junior midfielder Caroline Lea has seen some action on Cal's backline due to injuries and has contributed to the Bears' defense (0.63 GAA). Freshman goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini has allowed only one goal this season - an own goal to Arizona - in 454 minutes in the net (0.20 GAA). Nadia Al-Lami (three-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection) and Courtney Hooker (two-time All-Pac-10 pick) are the only two Cal players who have started all 18 games this season. Cal has outshot its opponents 224-143, including 36-8 last weekend.
DID YOU KNOW: Senior midfielder Jenny Wendell studied at Oxford during the spring semester earlier this year and was a member of the school's novice rowing team. Senior goalkeeper Anna Key was named the 2006 NCAA Division I Sportsmanship Award winner for her work helping the children of Malawi. Sophomore defender Nkechi Kanu spent two summers interning at NASA. Senior defender Alivia Mazura is joined by her freshman sister, Jessica, on this year's Cal team. Julia Schnugg's sister, Stephanie, is a sophomore on the Cal water polo team, and their father, Peter, played water polo at Cal from 1969-73, earning the 1973 NCAA Player of the Year award.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA, STANFORD: Stanford, which is ranked as high as No. 11 by Soccer Times, brings a six-game winning streak to Berkeley. Four players have posted double-figure points, led by Kelly O'Hara with 16 (7G, 2A). Santa Clara is ranked No. 4 in all of the major polls. Meagan Snell paces the Broncos with 25 points and owns 11 of her team's 40 goals. The Cal-Santa Clara series is tied at 13-13-3, but the Bears have lost three straight. Stanford holds an 11-10-3 all-time edge over Cal, but the Bears are coming off of a 2-0 triumph at Stanford last year. Caroline Lea and Stephanie Wieger notched Cal's goals.