No. 7 Cal Entertains Oregon, Oregon State
Oct. 14, 2002
BEARS HOST OREGON, OREGON STATE:
No. 7 California (Soccer America) looks to rebound from an 0-2 Pac-10 road start as it hosts Oregon and Oregon State this weekend. The Golden Bears (7-4-1) entertain the Ducks (1-8-1, 0-2 Pac-10) Friday, Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m., before facing the Beavers (7-4-2, 0-2 Pac-10) Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.
HOME SWEET HOME:
The Bears are glad to be back home at Edwards Stadium this week as they look to snap their only two-game losing streak of the season. Cal is 5-1 at home this year and 26-10 in three plus seasons at Edwards Stadium. In contrast, the team has struggled to a 2-3-1 road mark in 2002.
BEARS STILL HOLD STRONG RANKING:
Despite losing two games over the weekend, Cal remained high in the polls due to several strong wins - No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Santa Clara and No. 7 Wake Forest - and strength of schedule. Since Cal's Pac-10 losses were to ranked foes, Soccer America kept the Bears at No. 7 this week. The NSCAA dropped Cal from No. 5 to No. 11. Soccer Buzz's and Soccer Times' polls weren't out at the time of this release.
PAC-10 STANDINGS AFTER WEEK ONE:
Stanford and Washington finished the opening weekend of league play 2-0, followed by Washington State at 1-0-1, Arizona State at 1-0, UCLA and USC at 1-1, Oregon at 0-1-1, Arizona at 0-1 and Cal and Oregon State at 0-2. UCLA was picked to repeat as Pac-10 champion, while the Bears were chosen to finish fifth.
POST HAS BIG SAVE WEEKEND:
Redshirt junior Sani Post did everything she could to help Cal avoid two shutout losses to No. 12 UCLA and No. 15 USC. The Notre Dame transfer tallied a career-high six saves against the Bruins and then followed that up with a new career high of seven against the Trojans.
Cal features three players who hail from the state of Oregon - Laura Schott (Wilsonville), Carly Fuller (Portland) and Lindsay Clute (Gresham). Schott and Fuller are likely starters this week, while Clute is working hard in practice to gain more playing time. Clute has come off the bench in four contests this year.
CAL GETS BLANKED TO START PAC-10 PLAY:
Cal had a tough start to Pac-10 play, getting shut out by UCLA (1-0) and USC (2-0). The Bears struggled to generate many offensive opportunities all weekend getting outshot by the Bruins, 12-3, and the Trojans, 19-7. The Bears did have a chance to tie the UCLA game with less than a minute left in regulation, but Laura Schott's free kick from one-yard outside the penalty box went off the post. Schott returned to the starting lineup against USC for the first time since Cal's Aug. 30 season opening 2-0 win vs. Ohio State. She attempted two shots against the Trojans.
SCOUTING OREGON, OREGON STATE:
Oregon brings a 1-8-1 overall mark (0-1-1 Pac-10) to Berkeley and has struggled offensively (only nine goals) and defensively this year (given up 25). The Ducks lone win was a 4-2 decision vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay. Amanda Orand and Mele French are the top goal scorers with two a piece. Cal leads the series, 5-0, after a 3-0 road shutout last year. Oregon State has faired better this year at 7-4-2 (0-2 Pac-10) but has lost three of its last four. Four Beavers have double-figure points with Courtney Carter leading the way with 13 (5G, 3A). Cal blanked OSU, 2-0, last year and lead the series, 10-2. Cal's Brittany Kirk had a goal in each of the Bears' wins over Oregon and Oregon State in 2001.