Cal Travels to Oregon State, Oregon
Oct. 20, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. -
WHAT'S ON TAP: Following two heartbreaking 1-0 home losses, California (6-5-3, 1-3 Pac-10) travels to the Great Northwest this weekend looking to get back on track. The Golden Bears, who have won at least 11 games each of the last seven years, face Oregon State (5-7-2, 1-1-1) on Friday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m., before battling Oregon (7-7, 1-2) on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. For the first time since Oct. 4, 1999, Cal isn't ranked in at least one of the major soccer polls.
SHUTOUTS MANIA FOR AND AGAINST CAL: Cal has been involved in nine shutouts in its 14 games this season. The Bears have matched 2002's six shutouts but have also been shut out four times this year - once in a 0-0 tie to then-No. 3 Santa Clara and three times by the score of 1-0. Then-No. 18 USC and then-No. 3 UCLA posted 1-0 shutouts over the weekend by netting goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Cal boasts a stellar 0.75 goals-against average (11 goals allowed) after accumulating a 1.08 GAA (23 goals allowed) in 2002. However, Cal has scored only 17 times with five regular season games to play, compared to 34 goals in 2002.
TROJANS, BRUINS BLANK BEARS: Cal was blanked by USC and UCLA for the second consecutive season this year. The Southern California teams each earned 1-0 victories in 2003, while in 2002, USC defeated Cal, 1-0, in double overtime and UCLA blanked the Bears, 2-0. In Berkeley over the weekend, USC's Tina Sotorious scored the game's only goal in the ninth minute to hand Cal its first home loss of 2003. Each team tallied 12 shots. Cal outshot UCLA, 11-10, but couldn't overcome Sarah-Gayle Swanson 13th-minute goal off the post.
YOKERS ASSUMES CAL POINTS LEAD: Kimberly Yokers ignited Cal's offense with a goal each against Arizona State and Arizona and assumed the team's points (8) lead. The U.S. under-21 national team player from Seattle is tied with senior midfielder/forward Kassie Doubrava for team-high goal honors with three. In 2002, Yokers tallied only five points (1G, 3A).
FRESHMEN FABULOUS FOR BEARS: The Cal freshmen class, which was ranked No. 14 in the nation by Soccer Buzz, is living up to its billing. When the season began, none of the freshmen were starting, but it didn't take long for between three to five of the rookies to earn the starting nod in any given game. Five freshmen started against USC and four vs. UCLA. Freshman goalkeeper Anna Key has had the most pressure of any of the newcomers. Four games into the season, Cal's sophomore starting keeper, Ashley Sulprizio, broke her left thumb, and Key has started ever since. She has a respectable 0.88 goals-against average and owns four of the team's six shutouts. Sulprizio is expected to get her cast off the week of Nov. 2. Freshman forward Katie Ratican is the Bears' top freshman for points (6) and is tied with Bri Wiles for goals (2).
CAL LOOKS TO MAINTAIN EDGE OVER OSU, OREGON: Cal is 10-2 all-time against Oregon State and 5-0 all-time vs. Oregon. In 2002 in Berkeley, Cal blanked Oregon, 2-0, and triumphed, 3-1, over Oregon State. Tessa Baker leads the Beavers with 18 points (8G, 2A). Nicole Garbin paces the Ducks with 14 points (5G, 4A). Cal sophomore midfielder Lindsay Clute (Gresham, OR) is the only player on the Bears' roster from the state of Oregon.