Former Cal Star Joy Fawcett Named to Third U.S. Olympic Team
July 1, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Joy Fawcett, who starred at California from 1986-89, was named to her third Olympic team today by U.S. Women's Soccer National Team head coach April Heinrichs. Fawcett is one of 18 U.S. players who will compete later this summer in the 2004 Athens Summer Games.
Fourteen of the 18 players named to the roster were on the USA's 2003 Women's World Cup Team, but only half the team (nine players) have participated in an Olympics in either 1996, 2000, or both.
In addition to Fawcett, six other players earned a spot on their third Olympic Team - goalkeeper Briana Scurry, defender Brandi Chastain, midfielders Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly and forwards Mia Hamm and Cindy Parlow. All seven played a part in the USA's 1996 gold medal victory in Athens, Ga., at the first Olympic women's soccer competition, and will be shooting for a similar result in another Athens, this time Greece, where the 2004 gold medal match will be held.
Fawcett is the most capped and highest scoring defender in U.S. WNT history with 232 games played and 27 goals scored. At 36 and with three daughters, the ultimate 'Soccer Mom' is still playing world-class soccer from the center of the defense. She missed five games this year due to back surgery, but returned to the lineup on June 6 versus Japan and is fully recovered and ready for the stretch run to the Olympics. Fawcett also recovered from surgery to remove bone spurs from her ankle in just 11 days early in the 2003 WUSA season, then had her best pro club season, earning first team All-WUSA honors as well as the 2003 WUSA Defender of the Year award. She is the only player to play every minute of the 1995 and 1999 Women's World Cups and 1996 and 2000 Olympics and will no doubt be the only mother of three on the entire 2004 U.S. Olympic Team.
The only three-time All-American in Cal women's soccer history, Fawcett (maiden name Biefeld) was a forward for the Golden Bears and still holds the program's career records for points (133) and assists (23). The Huntington Beach, Calif., native ranks second to Laura Schott for goals with 55.
2004 UNITED STATES OLYMPIC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM ROSTERName P Ht. DOB Hometown College Caps/GScurry, Briana GK 5-9 09/07/71 Dayton, Minn. UMass 138Rampone, Christie D 5-6 06/24/75 Pt. Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth 118/4Reddick, Cat D 5-5 02/10/82 Birmingham, Ala. UNC 56/4Chastain, Brandi D 5-7 07/21/68 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 177/30Boxx, Shannon M 5-8 06/29/77 Redondo Beach,Calif. Notre Dame 23/9Hamm, Mia F 5-5 03/17/72 Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC 257/149Wagner, Aly M 5-5 08/10/80 San Jose, Calif. Santa Clara 63/14Foudy, Julie M 5-6 01/23/71 Mission Viejo, Calif. Stanford 153/44Parlow, Cindy F 5-11 05/08/78 Memphis, Tenn. UNC 143/69Lilly, Kristine M 5-4 07/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 273/95Fawcett, Joy D 5-6 02/08/68 Huntington Beach, Calif. California 232/27Markgraf, Kate D 5-7 08/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notre Dame 118/0Tarpley, Lindsay M 5-6 09/22/83 Kalamazoo, Mich. UNC 23/7Hucles, Angela M 5-7 07/05/78 Virginia Beach, Va. UVa. 32/4Wambach, Abby F 5-11 06/02/80 Rochester, N.Y. Florida 37/26Mitts, Heather D 5-5 06/06/78 Cincinnati, Ohio Florida 19/0Luckenbill, Kristin GK 5-9 05/28/79 Paoli, Pa. Dartmouth 3/0O'Reilly, Heather F 5-5 01/02/85 East Brunswick, N.J. UNC 22/3