No. 8 Women's Soccer Hosts Arizona State, Arizona
Oct. 16, 2000
NO. 8 CAL HOSTS ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA:
No. 8 California wraps up a three-game homestand this weekend. Friday, the Golden Bears host Arizona State (11-3-0) at 3 p.m., and Sunday, the Bears entertain Arizona (3-9-2) at noon. Both games are at Edwards Stadium. Cal enters this week's games in fourth place in the Pac-10 at 2-1. Washington leads the league at 4-0 and UCLA and USC are tied for second at 2-0-1.
SCOUTING THE ARIZONA SCHOOLS:
Arizona State travels to the Bay Area with an 11-3 record (2-2 Pac-10) after losing its last two contests. Junior MF Stacey Tullock leads ASU with 27 points (11G, 5A). Arizona is 3-9-2 and tied for last in the Pac-10 with an 0-3-1 mark. The Wildcats are led by freshman F/MF Liz Bartlett, who has nine points (4G, 1A). Cal leads the all-time series with ASU, 2-1, and holds a 5-0 all-time advantage over Arizona.
BEARS BLANK STANFORD 2-0:
Sophomore forward Laura Schott and junior forward Kyla Sabo each tallied a goal as Cal blanked No. 14 Stanford, 2-0, Sunday at Edwards Stadium. The Bears have now won three-consecutive games over their arch-rival and four of the last five meetings. Schott put the Bears up 1-0 in the 21st minute with her Pac-10 best 18th goal of the season. Assists were credited to Sabo and sophomore midfielder Brittany Kirk. Sabo added an unassisted insurance goal in the 72nd minute. The shutout was Cal's eighth of the year.
CAL LOOKS TO REMAIN PERFECT AT HOME:
Cal is 6-0 at home this season at Edwards Stadium and has won eight-consecutive home games overall, with their last loss being a 3-2 OT game vs. UCLA, Oct. 24, 1999. The Bears are 12-4 in two seasons at Edwards Stadium.
SCHOTT MAKING STRONG CLAIM FOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS:
Schott is making a strong claim to become Cal's first All-American since Erika Hinton (second team) in 1993. Cal's last first team All-American was Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett in 1989. Schott already has 37 points on 18 goals and one assist in 2000 and is on pace to surpass Fawcett's 41 points in '89. In fact, Schott's 18 goals is the second most in a season in Cal history (first Fawcett with 23), and she is on pace to break Fawcett's Cal career records for points (133, Schott 67) and goals (55, Schott 29) with over two seasons left in her collegiate career. Schott ranks fifth nationally for points/game at 2.64 and second for goals/game at 1.29.
ZABALA ALSO GUNNING FOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS:
While Schott is putting up the offensive numbers, Zabala has been the anchor of one of the best defenses in the nation. She ranks 10th nationally with a 0.51 GAA and is in pursuit of Cal's Noreen Paris' record 0.45 GAA (1985). Zabala has seven shutouts this year and is first all-time at Cal with 24. The defensive unit of Tami Pivnick, Ashley Mueller and Amy White has been a big factor in Zabala's success in 2000.
BOYD SHOOTS FOR 50TH WIN AT CAL:
Cal head coach Kevin Boyd looks for his 50th win at Cal when the Bears face Arizona State Friday. Cal has won 11 or more games each of Boyd's four seasons at the helm. In Boyd's first season as head coach in 1997, he led the Bears to an 11-7-1 record and followed that up with a 13-8 mark in 1999 and a 13-7-1 tally in 2000.
CAL IN THE POLLS:
Cal is ranked in the top 10 in either the Soccer America or the NSCAA polls for the fifth-consecutive week in the Oct. 16 polls. The Bears jumped from No. 10 in the NSCAA poll last week to No. 8 this week and from No. 9 in the SA poll to a season-best No. 8. The Bears have been ranked as high as No. 7 in the coaches poll (10/2) this season. Since 1990, Cal has been ranked as high as No. 2 in October 1993, after defeating No. 2 Santa Clara, 1-0.
Sabo is second on the team for points (17) and 1st for assists (7)...five of her assists have led to Schott goals...senior MF Natalie Stuhlmueller has moved into a tie for third at Cal with 17 career assists...Cal won titles at all five of the tournaments it played in this season...the Bears 12-1-1 start is tied for the second best in school history.
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