No. 14 Cal Hosts Washington State, Washington in Final Homestand
Oct. 29, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL HOSTS WSU, WASHINGTON: After sweeping its weekend series at Arizona State and Arizona, No. 14 California (10-5, 2-3 Pac-10, 7th) returns home to host Washington State (10-2-3, 3-1-1, T2nd) Friday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m. and Washington (5-9-1, 2-2-1, 6th) Sunday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. These are the final regular-season home games for the Bears, who have played 10 of their first 15 games away from Berkeley. The Cal men's team hosts San Diego State at 1 p.m. Friday and UCLA at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
SENIOR SALUTE: Cal will honor its seven seniors prior to the Washington game this Sunday. Courtney Hooker, Kristine Relja, Nicole Jarbo, Caroline Lea, Caitlin Hannegan, Laurie Gartrell and Stephanie Wieger will be playing their final regular-season home games at Edwards Stadium this weekend. Six of the seven have seen significant playing time for the Bears this season and during their careers. Jarbo, a goalkeeper, hasn't competed this season due to a torn ACL but played a big role in Cal's 2006 NCAA Tournament games.
CAL IN THE POLLS: Cal, which has been ranked in at least one poll every week this season, is tabbed No. 14 by Soccer America this week. The NSCAA and Soccer Times polls haven't been released yet. The Bears are receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz poll.
A LOOK AT THE PAC-10: Cal is in seventh place in the Pac-10 with a 2-3 record but can gain significant ground with two wins this week. UCLA sits atop the leader board at 5-0, followed by USC and Washington State at 3-1-1, Arizona State (3-2-1), Stanford (2-1-2) and Washington (2-2-1). Oregon is eighth (1-3-2), Arizona is ninth (1-4-1) and Oregon State is 10th (0-5-1).
BEARS RALLY TO DEFEAT ASU, SHUT OUT ARIZONA: Arizona State jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the fifth minute, but Cal rallied with three unanswered goals to grab a 3-1 win. Alex Morgan scored two goals and Stephanie Wieger added a goal and an assist to give Cal its first Pac-10 victory. Morgan tied the game in the 23rd minute with Wieger and Valerie Barnes earning assists. Wieger netted the game-winning goal in the 64th minute with assists going to Kristine Relja and Nikki Schrey, and Morgan capped the scoring with two seconds remaining in the game. Cal posted its ninth shutout of the season against Arizona with a 2-0 win. The teams entered halftime tied at 0-0, but Caitlin Hannegan tallied the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute, and Schrey added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute.
SHUTOUTS CORRESPOND WITH CAL WINS: Nine of Cal's 10 wins this season have been shutouts, and the Bears have pulled out wins in all nine of their shutouts in 2007. 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 35 of their last 58 games (60.3 percent), including nine of 15 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.
THREE OF TOP FOUR SCORERS ARE SENIORS: Ten players have accounted for Cal's 26 goals this season. Freshman forward Alex Morgan leads the way in points (14) and goals (7). Seniors Stephanie Wieger and Caitlin Hannegan are second (nine) and third (eight), respectively, on the team in points. Wieger, Hannegan and senior Caroline Lea (seven points) are tied for second on the team in goals with three. Wieger tops the Bears with three assists. Hannegan might be Cal's most improved offensive player. In her first two seasons, she tallied no points and had four points as a junior.
SCOUTING WSU, WASHINGTON: Kiersten Dallstream and Brooke Bemis pace WSU with eight goals each. Cal holds a 10-4-3 all-time lead over WSU, but the Cougars beat the Bears, 2-0, in 2006. In 2005, Cal blanked WSU, 3-0, in Berkeley. Shuree Hyatt leads Washington with 14 points (6G, 2A). The Huskies are coached by former Cal All-American Lesle Gallimore. Washington owns a 9-7 series lead over Cal, but the Bears have won the last two meetings, including their first-ever win in Seattle (4-1) in 2006. Kelly Menachof and Katie Ratican posted two goals each for Cal against UW last season.