No. 5 Women's Soccer Travels to No. 12 USC, No. 3 UCLA
Oct. 23, 2000
NO. 5 CAL HAS CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP IN LA:
The Pac-10 title is on the line this week when No. 5 Cal travels to Los Angeles to face No. 12 USC Friday at 3 p.m., and No. 3 UCLA Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bears are 14-1-1 and in second place in the Pac-10 with a 4-1 record. Washington leads the league with a 6-0 mark. A strong finish could help the Bears attain a bye in the first round of NCAAs and possibly one of eight seeds in the 48-team field, which will be announced Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. P.T.
SCOUTING THE LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS:
USC is ranked as high as No. 12 this week by Soccer America with an 11-3-2 record and is tied for third in the league with UCLA with a 3-1-1 mark. The Trojans are led by freshman forward Jessica Edwards, who has 20 points, and Canadian World Cup midfielder Isabelle Harvey, who has 15 points. UCLA is 12-2-1 and ranked as high as No. 3 by Soccer America. Forward Tracey Milburn leads the team with 27 points (12G, 3A). UCLA and Cal will likely have a defensive battle, as the teams have combined to allow only 12 goals all year. Cal trails USC, 2-3, in the all-time series, and is even with UCLA at 3-3.
BEARS SWEEP ASU, ARIZONA:
Cal posted two shutouts over the weekend - a 3-0 win over Arizona State and a 2-0 victory over Arizona - giving the Bears three-consecutive shutouts and 10 for the season. In the victory over the Sun Devils, sophomore forward Laura Schott scored the Bears first two goals and ASU helped out with an own goal. Junior forward Kyla Sabo and sophomore defender Ashley Mueller (first career goal) stepped up with goals in the Wildcat victory.
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 and its newest first team All-American since Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett, a U.S. Olympian, was named in 1989. Schott already has Pac-10 bests of 41 points, 20 goals and nine game-winners. In fact, Schott's 20 goals is the second most in a season in Cal history (first is Fawcett with 23), and she is on pace to break Fawcett's Cal career records for points (133, Schott 71) and goals (55, Schott 31) with over two seasons left in her collegiate career.
ZABALA ALSO GUNNING FOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS:
While Schott is putting up the offensive numbers, senior goalkeeper Maite Zabala has been the anchor of one of the best defenses in the nation. She boasts a 0.45 GAA, which matches Cal's Noreen Paris' record GAA set in 1985. Zabala has eight shutouts this year and is first all-time at Cal with 25. The defensive unit of Tami Pivnick, Amy White and Mueller has been a big factor in Zabala's success in 2000.
CAL RECORD BOOKS TO BE RE-WRITTEN:
Cal's team record books are on track to be rewritten by the 2000 Bears. Cal has posted 14 wins for the first time since 1989 and is only two wins away from matching the school record of 16 (1986-88). The Bears have allowed only seven goals this year, which is on target to break the school's all-time low of 11 set in 1987 and '89. This year's team is also on pace to become the first Cal team not to be shut out in a season.
CAL IN THE POLLS:
Cal has been ranked in the top 10 in either the Soccer America or the NSCAA polls for six-consecutive weeks as of the Oct. 23 polls. The Bears are seasons-best of No. 5 in the SA poll and No. 6 in the coaches poll. The Bears are also No. 5 in this week's Soccer Buzz poll, which was the first major poll to recognize Cal as a top 10 program this season. Since 1990, Cal was as high as No. 2 in the NSCAA poll in Oct. 1993, after edging No. 2 Santa Clara, 1-0.
BEAR BITS: Sabo is second on the team for points (20-career best) and first for assists (8), which is tied for 9th and second in the league, respectively...six of her assists have led to Schott goals...senior MF Natalie Stuhlmueller has moved into second at Cal with 18 career assists...Cal won titles at all five of the tournaments it played in this season...the Bears 14-1-1 start is tied for the second best in school history...Cal is 8-0 at home this season and 14-4 overall in two seasons at Edwards Stadium...Cal's 45 goals have surpassed the 42 they posted in 1999...junior midfielder Jennifer Medina, who was out with a knee injury, saw her first action this year vs. Arizona.