Mazura Chosen Team MVP

Feb. 1, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior defender Alivia Mazura was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 California women's soccer team Jan. 26 at the Golden Bears' annual awards banquet.

Mazura, a third-team all-region selection by Soccer Buzz, was a huge factor in the Bears' recording a 0.69 goals-against average and 12 shutouts. 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. Mazura was also honored with Cal's Golden Bear award at last week's banquet.

Senior forward Julia Schnugg was selected as Cal's Most Valuable Offensive Player, and junior defender Courtney Hooker received her third consecutive team Most Valuable Defense Player award.

Schnugg, a native of Alamo, Calif., tied for first on the team with six goals and was second in points with 14 in 2006. She posted three goals and two assists over the final five games of the season, including two goals - one being the game-winner - and an assist in the Bears' 3-1 first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Auburn.

Hooker started all 22 games for the Golden Bears in 2006, earning second-team All-Pac-10 and second-team All-West by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz. The Woodland Hills, Calif., product posted an assist in Cal's first-round NCAA Tournament win over Auburn.

Other awards went to redshirt freshman Torrey Delaplane (Most Improved Player), senior Jenny Wendell (Most Inspirational), Kelly Menachof (Freshman of the Year) and senior Nadia Al-Lami (Coaches Award).

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

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