No. 13 Cal Entertains Fresno State
Sept. 8, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL HOSTS FRESNO STATE: Fresh off a scoreless tie at then-No. 3 Santa Clara, California returns home to host Fresno State (2-1-0) Sunday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The No. 13 Golden Bears (1-0-2) entertain three straight opponents before embarking on a three-week, six-game road trip, covering four states.
BEARS JUMP IN POLLS: Cal was rewarded in the three major polls released today. The NSCAA moved Cal from No. 23 to No. 13, Soccer America boosted the Bears 11 spots to No. 14, while Soccer Buzz bumped Cal from No. 23 to No. 21. SoccerTimes' poll hasn't been released yet.
SULPRIZIO SUPER IN GOAL: Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio tied her career high of eight saves to preserve the Bears' first shutout of the season against Santa Clara. Sulprizio has started the Bears' three games in 2003, two being double-overtime affairs, and has a sparkling 0.58 goals-against average. Last season, the Gardnerville, Nev., product started one-third (seven) of Cal's games, recording a 1.38 GAA and two shutouts. This year, she already has grabbed 17 saves, compared to the 30 she snared in 2002. In Cal's 2003 season opener vs. Wisconsin, Sulprizio's seven saves set a new Edwards Stadium Bears' record.
AL-LAMI MAKES CAL DEBUT: Cal head coach Kevin Boyd made a couple of effective defensive moves to slow down the high-powered Santa Clara attack. Freshman Nadia Al-Lami made her Cal debut against SCU, starting in the defensive midfielder spot in place of senior Ashley Valenzuela, who returned to her 2002 sweeper role. The Broncos had been averaging 5.3 goals per game before being shut out by the Bears.
BEARS CONTINUE TO BAFFLE BRONCOS: Cal extended its unbeaten streak against Santa Clara to three following a 0-0 tie on Sept. 7. The Bears are 2-0-1 vs. the Broncos over the last three campaigns and are unbeaten in the last four regular season meetings (2-0-2), dating back to 2000. In the most recent matchup, sophomore forward Liz Eisenberg led Cal with three shots, including one on goal. Eisenberg and sophomore teammate Tracy Hamm each had chances to win the game in overtime.
CAL SHOOTS FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT BID: Six seniors, including U.S. under-21 national team midfielder Kimberly Yokers, look to lead Cal to its sixth consecutive and 11th overall NCAA Tournament bid. In 2002, the Bears tallied their first postseason victory since 1988 with a 2-0 opening-round win over No.19-ranked Denver. Cal lost the next game at No. 1 Stanford, 1-0, in overtime.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE: Fresno State (2-1) is the Bears' only game this week, while the Bulldogs play at Pacific (Sept. 9) and Saint Mary's (Sept. 12), before travelling to Berkeley on Sept. 14. Five different players have scored Fresno States' six goals in 2003, with Lisa Esteves accounting for a team best of two. M/F Barbara Davis' brother, Kevin, is a sophomore on the Cal track and field and cross country teams. Cal has won both previous contests with Fresno State - 4-1 in Fresno in 2002 and 2-0 in Berkeley in 2001. Tracy Hamm led the Bears last season with her first collegiate hat trick.
DID YOU KNOW?: With three student-athletes, Santa Cruz, Calif., is the most represented city on the Cal women's soccer team. The trio from Santa Cruz are freshmen D/M Nadia Al-Lami, M/F Bri Wiles and D Laura Albrecht.
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