No. 16 Cal Visits Missouri, Marquette
Sept. 30, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: Coming off its fourth shutout in eight games, No. 16 California (4-1-3, 0-0 Pac-10) continues its six-game road swing. The Golden Bears visit Missouri (5-5, 0-2 Big 12) in Columbia, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. CT, before facing Marquette (5-5-1, 2-2 C-USA) in Milwaukee, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. CT.
CAL A FIXTURE IN POLLS: Following a weekend split, Cal dropped in all of the major polls, but the Bears continue to be a fixture in the polls as they have been over the last several seasons. Cal is ranked No. 16 by Soccer Times, No. 17 in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls and No. 23 by Soccer America.
TWO BEARS POST FIRST COLLEGIATE GOALS: Two Cal players scored their first collegiate goals in the team's two games in Colorado. Freshman forward Alivia Mazura earned her first collegiate start and tallied the Bears' only goal in a 2-1 loss to Wake Forest. Senior defender Amy Wiliison, who was a forward her first two seasons at Cal, propelled the Bears to a 1-0 victory over Colorado College. Willison also has four career assists, including one in 2003. Senior midfielder Kimberly Yokers was credited with her second assist of 2003 on Willison's goal.
SAN JOSE'S DOUBRAVA EMERGES AS LEADER: After posting only seven points in 2002, senior midfielder Kassie Doubrava leads Cal in 2003 with five points from two goals and an assist. The San Jose, Calif., product assisted on Alivia Mazura's goal against Wake Forest over the weekend and posted both goals in Cal's 2-0 home shutout of Dayton on Sept. 19. For her career, Doubrava has 28 points, including 15 of them coming during her 2001 sophomore campaign.
SHUTOUT MANIA: Cal has posted shutouts in four of its eight games this season after recording six shutouts during 2002. Redshirt sophomore Ashley Sulprizio and freshman Anna Key have each posted two shutouts. Sulprizio, who boasts a superb 0.45 goals-against average, started the first four games of 2003 before breaking her left thumb during warmups of the Dayton game. Key has stepped in and posted a solid 0.71 goals-against average. Cal has permitted only five goals, while scoring 10. The team's combined GAA has improved from 1.08 in 2002 to 0.58 in 2003.
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. Mazura, Al-Lami and Key started Cal's last two games.
SCOUTING MISSOURI, MARQUETTE: Missouri (5-5) is riding a three-game losing streak. The Tigers are led by Kristen Heil (12 points - 6 goals) and Jennifer Nobis (12 points - 5 goals, 2 assists). Marquette is 5-5-1. Three players lead the squad with two goals apiece - Carolyn Klopp, Beth McGill and Allison Loughrin. Cal won its only previous game with Missouri, 2-1, in overtime in 2000 and has never played Marquette.
DID YOU KNOW?: This year's Cal team is loaded with Bay Area talent, with 14 of 24 players boasting local ties. Eight of the Bears' regular starters are Bay Area products.
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