Spotlight: California's Joy Fawcett
Joy Fawcett (under her maiden name Joy Biefeld) was a star player on California's women's soccer team. She was named an All-American three times from 1987-89 and helped her team to third-place finishes at the NCAA Tournament in 1987 and 1988. She also set a Cal record for goals scored in a season with 23 in 1987, a record that fellow former Golden Bear Laura Schott tied in 2000. She was named the national player of the year for the 1987-88 season.
Fawcett won two FIFA Women's World Cups (1991 and 1999) and two Olympic Gold Medals (Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004) in a professional career of epic proportions. Her 239 international matches played is fourth in U.S. Women's National Team history, surpassed only by the currently active Kristine Lilly and Hall of Famers Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm (Class of 2007). In her remarkable 15-year national team career, she received just two yellow cards and was never red carded.
The Women's National Team played in four FIFA Women's World Cups and three Olympic Games during her career, with Fawcett playing every minute of the World Cup matches in 1991, 1995 and 1999. She played three seasons in the Women's United Soccer Association for the San Diego Spirit and was a WUSA All Star in 2003.