Schott Ties Cal Career Goal Record in 4-1 Win over Arizona
Nov. 8, 2002
BERKELEY - Senior forward Laura Schott posted three goals and one assist to power No. 15 California to a 4-1 victory over Arizona Friday afternoon under drizzly conditions at Edwards Stadium. With her three goals, Schott tied Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett's Cal career record of 55 goals, set from 1986-89.
'We wanted to play well in our last two games,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd, whose team improved to 10-7-1 (3-5 Pac-10). 'We're going to try to not just focus on that we need two wins to get into the playoffs. We're now at the point that it's the last game of the 2002 season. We want to play our way. That's our focus, instead of playoff implications because who knows what could happen with the selection committee.
'I was real happy that Laura got a hat trick for her and for us. For her to have tied Joy's record and to be put in the record books at that point is an outstanding accomplishment for her, especially with the tough season she has had with injuries. It's nice for her to get some rewards late.'
Schott has Sunday's regular season finale against Arizona State and possible NCAA games to grab sole possession of the career goal mark. The two-time All-American would have had four goals today, but she was whistled for offsides after she scored a goal in the 51st minute. Schott also is in second place all-time at Cal with 126 points, seven behind Fawcett's mark of 133. This season, Schott has 16 points from six goals and four assists, all coming in the last six contests.
'It feels really good to tie it,' said Schott. 'To get at least equal with it after being out for so long. Being tied is really cool, but I'd really like to get the record Sunday. For most, we need to win Sunday to get into the playoffs. As a forward, I just want to score anyway, so hopefully I'll be able to do it.'
In the 23rd minute, Schott ignited Cal's offense with her first goal off a long service from junior defender Lucy Brining.
Arizona's Courtney Mosely tallied the equalizer in the 32nd minute by posting a rare goal directly off a corner kick.
Schott sent the Bears into the locker room with the eventual game-winning goal in the 41st minute. Senior forward Krysti Whalen tapped the ball to Schott inside the six-yard box, and Schott calmly deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Freshman forward Dania Cabello and Schott teamed up in the second half to cushion Cal's lead, helping the Bears secure double-figure wins for the seventh consecutive season. Schott lofted a short pass over the Wildcat (6-11-1, 1-7 Pac-10) defense, and Cabello ran onto the ball and fired a blast from 14 yards in the 59th minute for her fifth goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, Cabello returned the favor by assisting on Schott's record-tying goal and third hat trick of her collegiate career. Cabello sent a long cross from the right flank behind the defense, freeing Schott for a successful one-on-one opportunity from about 10 yards out with Arizona goalkeeper Natalie Juarez. Cabello is tied with freshman Tracy Hamm and Schott for the Cal lead with 16 points.
Boyd gave Schott every opportunity to tally her 56th goal by playing her the full 90 minutes. Schott led the Bears with eight shots, including seven on goal. With the three-goal lead, Boyd played 21 players today.
Cal's nine seniors will be honored prior to the Sun Devil game. Game time is 11:30 a.m. The Bears hope to earn their fifth straight NCAA Tournament bid when the selections are announced Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT.
Women's Soccer ResultArizona 1 0 -- 1Cal 2 2 -- 4
Scoring SummaryCAL Schott (Brining) 22:57ARIZ Mosely (unassisted) 31:01CAL Schott (Whalen) 40:59CAL Cabello (Schhott) 58:10CAL Schott (Cabello) 59:07
Shots: Cal 17 (Schott 8), Arizona 8 (Miller, Mosely 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 12 (Schott 7), Arizona 3 (Miller, Wilks, Mosely).Saves: Cal 2 (Post 2), Arizona 8 (Juarez 7, Team Save 1).CK: Cal 6, Arizona 5.Fouls: Cal 23, Arizona 11.Offisides: Cal 12, Arizona 1.Yellow Cards: Cal none, Arizona Novak (56:59.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 10-7-1 (3-5 Pac-10), Arizona 6-11-1 (1-7 Pac-10).Attendance: 112.