No. 12 Cal Plays Wake Forest, Colorado College in Colorado
Sept. 22, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: Undefeated through six games for the first time since 2000, No. 12 California travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to play Wake Forest and Colorado College. The Golden Bears (3-0-3) meet Wake Forest (5-1-1) on Friday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. MT at Stewart Field, before facing Colorado College (3-3-1) at the same venue on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. MT. The games are not part of a tournament.
BEARS RIDING HIGH IN NSCAA POLL: Following a win and a tie over two top 25 opponents, Cal dropped from No. 10 to No. 12 in the NSCAA poll, the only one of the four polls released today.
CAL RECORDS WIN OVER NO. 22 DAYTON, TIE VS. NO. 25 PRINCETON: Cal improved to 3-0-2 at home with a 2-0 shutout of No. 22 Dayton and a 1-1 tie against No. 25 Princeton. Senior midfielder Kassie Doubrava netted her first two goals of the season in the win over the Flyers. Senior Kim Stocklmeir and sophomores Sierra Schlesinger and Dania Cabello were credited with assists. The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the second stanza, but senior midfielder Kimberly Yokers evened the game with a PK in the 60th minute. Yokers also drew the PK by being fouled in Princeton's penalty area. Cal outshot Princeton, 21-13.
KEY GETS BREAK IN GOAL: Cal freshman goalkeeper Anna Key was inserted into the starting lineup only minutes prior to the introductions for the Dayton game. Regular starter sophomore Ashley Sulprizio sustained a broken left thumb during the warm-ups and is expected to miss a couple of weeks. Key needed to make only two saves to help the Bears secure a 2-0 shutout in her first collegiate start. Against Princeton, the Oakland product made six saves, including a game saver in the final minute of overtime. Key has allowed one goal in 200 minutes for a 0.45 goals-against average. Sulprizio had the lowest GAA in the Pac-10 last week at 0.45 (two goals allowed).
FRESHMEN HAVING IMPACT: The Cal freshmen class, which was ranked No. 14 in the nation by Soccer Buzz, is living up to its billing. The second half of the Princeton game personified the trust Cal coach Kevin Boyd has in the rookies. After a scoreless first half, six freshmen started the second half for the Bears - forwards Bri Wiles, Alivia Mazura and Katie Ratican, defensive midfielder Nadia Al-Lami, defender Emily Ward and goalkeeper Anna Key. The latter three have started the last three games.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST, COLORADO COLLEGE: Wake Forest (5-1-1) is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll and has received nine points each from Taylor Toombs, Elizabeth Remy and Sarah Kozey. Stevie Kernan also leads Colorado College (3-3-1) with nine points. The Bears have won both meetings with Wake Forest, including a 1-0 decision in Berkeley last year. Cal leads the series, which dates back to the Bears' inaugural 1982 season, with Colorado College, 7-4-2.
DID YOU KNOW?: Through six games this year, Cal has taken 95 shots (15.8 pg), compared to 66 last year (11.0 pg) during the the same time frame. However, in 2003, only 39 of the team's shots (41.1 percent) have been on goal, compared to 51.5 percent (34 of 66) through six games in 2002.
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