No. 12 Cal Wraps Up Pac-10 Play at Oregon State, Oregon
Nov. 6, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL VISITS OSU, OREGON: Riding a four-game winning streak and having already equaled last year's win total, No. 12 California wraps up the regular season at Oregon State and Oregon this weekend. The Golden Bears (12-5, 4-3 Pac-10, 4th) play the Beavers (7-8-3, 0-5-2, 10th) in Corvallis Friday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. and the Ducks (8-7-3, 1-3-3, 8th) in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. With a strong performance in the final week of Pac-10 play, Cal hopes to solidify its 15th NCAA Tournament bid and ninth in the last 10 years. The 2007 NCAA Tournament bids will be announced Monday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. PT on ESPNews.
BARNES, HOOKER RECEIVE HONORS: Junior forward Valerie Barnes was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and to Soccer America's Team of the Week after registering game-winning goals against Washington State and Washigton over the weekend. Senior defender Courtney Hooker, who posted her first career goal against Washington State, was selected to Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week.
CAL IN THE POLLS: Cal, which has been ranked in at least one poll every week this season, moved up two spots to No. 12 in this week's Soccer America poll. Cal is tied with San Diego for 19th in the NSCAA poll. The Bears also jumped from receiving votes to No. 21 in the Soccer Buzz poll this week. Soccer Times also lists the Bears at No. 21.
A LOOK AT THE PAC-10: Cal is in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-3 record. Last season, the Bears placed sixth in the conference at 3-3-3. UCLA sits atop the leader board at 7-0, followed by USC (5-1-1) and Stanford (4-1-2). Washington State (3-3-1) and Arizona State (3-4-1) are tied for fifth. Washington is seventh (2-4-1), Oregon is eigth (1-3-3), Arizona is ninth (1-6-1) and Oregon State is 10th (0-5-2).
BEARS EDGE WSU, UW, 2-1: Cal recorded 2-1 victories over Washington and Washington in the Bears' final home series of the year. Washington State grabbed a 1-0 lead with a goal in the third minute by Brooke Bemis. Courtney Hooker tied the game at 1-1 with her first career goal - a 35-yard strike in the seventh minute. Valerie Barnes posted the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute by knocking in the rebound of freshman forward Alex Morgan's shot that went off the cross bar. Against the Huskies, sophomore forward Katherine Daiss started the scoring in the 36th minute by capitalizing on a perfect cross from sophomore forward Torrey Delaplane. UW tied the game at 1-1 with a penalty kick in the 74th minute, but Barnes answered with the game-winning goal in the 79th minute. Barnes tapped in senior midfielder Caroline Lea's shot that went off the cross bar. Gina Pellegrini needed to make only one save for the Bears in each game.
SHUTOUTS CORRESPOND WITH CAL WINS: Nine of Cal's 12 wins this season have been shutouts, and the Bears have pulled out wins in all nine of their shutouts in 2007. Cal has no ties this year after tallying five last year. 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 60 games (60.3 percent).
BARNES JOINS MORGAN IN DOUBLE-DIGIT POINTS: Alex Morgan leads Cal in points (15) and goals (7), and Valerie Barnes joined her as a double-digit point scorer for the first time in her career with her two goals last weekend. Barnes is second on the team in points (10) and goals (4) and is tied with Morgan for the team lead in game-winning scores (three). Barnes posted a total of 10 points during her first two seasons (five each year.) Senior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan and senior forward Stephanie Wieger ared tied for the team assist lead with three each.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE, OREGON: Jodie Taylor leads Oregon State with 30 points (13G, 4A). The Beavers haven't won a game since defeating Idaho, 2-1, in 2OT Sept. 30. Cal owns a 13-2-1 all-time series lead over Oregon State and has won two in a row (2-0 in 2006). Oregon has four double-figure scorers, with Teresa Bowns topping her team with 16 points (5G, 6A). The Bears hold an 8-1-1 edge over the Ducks, with the teams tying, 0-0, in 2006 in Berkeley.