Hooker, Al-Lami, Mazura, Menachof Earn Soccer Buzz Honors

Dec. 15, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - California senior Nadia Al-Lami and junior Courtney Hooker have been named to the second-team Soccer Buzz All-West Region team, while senior Aliva Mazura has received third-team recognition. Kelly Menachof has also been chosen to the Soccer Buzz All-Freshman West team.

Hooker, a defender, started all 22 games for the Golden Bears in 2006, helping her team record a 0.69 goals-against average and 12 shutouts. The Woodland Hills, Calif., product also posted an assist in Cal's first-round NCAA Tournament win over Auburn. Hooker was named second-team All-Pac-10 and second-team NSCAA All-West Region this year, as well.

Al-Lami, a midfielder, received second-team All-Pac-10 honors this season after garnering three honorable mention awards her freshman through junior seasons. In 2006, the Santa Cruz product played every minute of 20 of the Bears' 22 games - including six overtime contests - and continued to show her trademark ballwinning ability. She posted five points from a game-winning goal vs. Kansas and three assists. One of her assists came in the NCAA win over Auburn.

Mazura, a defender, also was a huge factor in the Bears' stingy defense this season. The Newport Beach native started all 21 games she played in and posted an assist in Cal's 2-0 win over Dayton. She helped the Bears rank among the top 25 programs nationally in shutout percentage (0.55) and top 30 in goals-against average.

Menachof made huge strides throughout her rookie season, playing in all 22 games and making seven starts over the final nine games. The midfielder from Castle Rock, Colo., registered three goals, one in a win over Dayton and two in a come-from-behind triumph at Washington.

Cal posted a 12-5-5 record in 2006 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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