No. 21 Cal Travels to Arizona State, Arizona
Oct. 24, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - CAL VISITS ASU, ARIZONA: After playing four teams ranked in the top three in the nation over the last four games, No. 21 California (8-5, 0-3 Pac-10) travels to Arizona State (9-6, 3-1) Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. MT in Tempe, Ariz., and Arizona (6-8-1, 1-2-1) Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. MT in Tucson, Ariz. The Golden Bears wrap up the regular season with four of six games on the road. Arizona State is coached by former Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. Boyd, who is in his first year at ASU, posted a 124-63-20 record in 10 seasons at the helm of the Golden Bears. The Cal-ASU game will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net Arizona.
CAL IN THE POLLS: Cal, which has played eight of its last 11 games on the road, is ranked No. 21 by the NSCAA and No. 23 in the Soccer Times poll. The Bears are receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz poll and are unranked by Soccer America.
A LOOK AT THE PAC-10: In the preseason coaches' poll, Cal was tabbed to finish third, behind UCLA and Stanford. The first-place votes were divided between the Bruins (five), the Cardinal (three) and the Bears (two). The rest of the poll features USC fourth, Oregon fifth, Washington State sixth, Arizona State seventh, Arizona eighth, Washington ninth and Oregon State 10th. In 2006, UCLA won the conference crown, while Cal placed sixth at 3-3-3.
BEARS SHUT OUT BY NO. 3 USC AND NO. 1 UCLA: Cal struggled to generate enough offense in a 3-0 loss to No. 3 USC Oct. 19 and a 2-0 setback to No. 1 UCLA Oct. 21. USC grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead and added an insurance goal in the 57th minute. The Bears had the opportunity to erase the shutout on a penalty kick with under-three minutes remaining in the game, but the Trojans' goalkeeper saved Caroline Lea's penalty kick. USC, which tied the record for the most goals scored at Edwards Stadium by a Cal opponent, held a 12-6 shot advantage for the game. Cal brought better offensive intensity into the UCLA game, but two goals by Lauren Cheney - one in each half - powered the Bruins, who held a 15-8 shot edge
AGUILERA PERFORMS WELL IN FIRST START: Redshirt sophomore Rosie Aguilera, who played her freshman year at UC Irvine, peformed well in her first career start for Cal against No. 1 UCLA. Aguilera was told the day before the game that she would start after sophomore Gina Pellegrini suffered a wrist fracture. She grabbed six saves against UCLA. Aguilera is the only available goalkeeper for the Bears, as redshirt junior Nicole Jarbo is out for the year with an ACL tear and freshman Jorden Kussmann is out for the year with an illness.
SHUTOUTS CORRESPOND WITH CAL WINS: Cal has won every game this season that it has posted a shutout in. The Bears have become synonymous with shutouts in recent years. In 2005, Cal tied the school record with 14 shutouts and followed that effort with 12 shutouts in 2006. The Bears have registered shutouts in 34 of their last 57 games (59.6 percent), including eight of 13 outings this season. The backline unit of seniors Courtney Hooker and Kristine Relja, junior Nkechi Kanu, sophomore Brianna Bak and freshmen Megan Jesolva and McKenna-Louise McKetty have made major contributions to Cal's shutouts this season. Hooker is a finalist for the Lowes Senior CLASS award.
SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND: Ten players have accounted for Cal's 21 goals this season. Alex Morgan leads the way in points (10) and goals (5). Caroline Lea is second on the team in points (7) and goals (3). Senior forward Stephanie Wieger, senior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan and redshirt sophomore forward Katherine Daiss are tied for third on the team in points (6) and goals (2). Wieger, Hannegan, Daiss and Megan Jesolva are tied for the team lead in assists with two. Seven Cal players have netted at least two goals this year.
SCOUTING ASU, ARIZONA: ASU has lost all six of its games by one goal. Its leading scorer is Karin Volpe (4G, 2A - 10 points). Cal holds a 5-4-1 series lead over Arizona State, but the Sun Devils beat the Bears in Berkeley last year, 1-0. Cal defeated ASU, 1-0, in 2005 in Tempe. Arizona is 1-3 against ranked opponents this year, with the win coming against No. 4 Texas, 1-0. Jasmin Day and London King top Arizona with four goals each. Cal owns a 10-0-2 series lead over Arizona, with the teams tying 1-1 in 2006 and 0-0 in 2005. Julia Schnugg posted Cal's goal against Arizona, with sophomore Brianna Bak earning the assist.
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