No. 13 Cal Hosts Oregon State, Oregon
Oct. 27, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL HOSTS OSU, OREGON:After a thrilling 1-0 double overtime victory over No. 6 UCLA, No. 13 California (9-4-2, 2-2-1, T6th) returns home to Edwards Stadium for its final regular season homestand. The Golden Bears host Oregon State (8-8, 2-3, T9th) Friday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. and Oregon (3-10-2, 0-4-1, T10th) Sunday, Oct. 31 at noon. With the victory over the Bruins, the Bears are guaranteed to finish the regular season with an above .500 record. Cal remains in contention for its first Pac-10 title since 1998, as the Bears aren't far behind first-place UCLA (4-2).
THIS WEEK'S POLLS: For the sixth week in a row, Cal has earned a national ranking. Soccer America bumped Cal from No. 15 to No. 13, Soccer Buzz dropped the Bears from No. 19 to No. 20, and SoccerTimes moved Cal from No. 20 to No. 19. Cal is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.
WIEGER STEPS UP IN PAC-10 PLAY: Cal freshman forward Stephanie Wieger has moved into a tie for first on the team with 19 points with junior forward Liz Eisenberg after posting the game-winning goal in a 1-0 double overtime victory over No. 6 UCLA. The Concord, Calif., product also posted the game-winning goal in Cal's 1-0 triumph over No. 24 Arizona, giving her the Pac-10 lead with two game-winning goals in conference play. Friday's game against Oregon State features two of the Pac-10's top freshmen forwards in Wieger and Jodie Taylor.
BEARS AMONG PAC-10 LEADERS: Several Cal players are among the Pac-10 leaders. Wieger and Eisenberg are tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in points (19). Eisenberg is tied for fifth in goals (8), and Wieger is tied for ninth (7). Wieger is fourth in points per game (1.36), while Eisenberg is seventh (1.27). Eisenberg is tied for fifth in goals per game (0.53), and Wieger is tied for seventh (0.50). Wieger is tied for third in assists (5). Sophomore Anna Key, who hadn't given up a goal until last Friday's 2-1 loss to USC, leads the Pac-10 in goals-against average (0.36) and save percentage (.895). Junior Ashley Sulprizio is seventh in GAA (0.99), giving the Bears a dynamic combination in goal. Cal boasts the third-best goals-against average in the Pac-10 at 0.76 and is tied for the league lead with Stanford with nine shutouts, two more shutouts than the Bears had in 2003. The Bears are third in goals per game at 2.00. Cal's 30 goals in 15 games gives the team eight more goals than it posted in 19 games last season. Ten players, including Sulprizio, have accounted for Cal's goals.
BEARS SPLIT IN LOS ANGELES: Cal couldn't sustain its comeback effort in a 2-1 overtime loss to USC Oct. 24 at McAlister Field. USC's Jocelyn Leche scored the game-winning goal with 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. Ashley Casas gave USC a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 21st minute. Cal freshman forward Caroline Lea tied the match in the 41st minute with her first collegiate goal, tucking a shot underneath goalkeeper Julie Peterson off Katie Ratican's fourth assist of 2004. Lea and Ratican are part of Cal's deep five-player frontline rotation. Ratican is second on the team with four assists and has eight points, one more than 2003. Wieger scored a golden goal in the 105th minute to give Cal a 1-0 victory over No. 6 UCLA Oct. 26. The Bears outshot the Bruins, 13-8 to snap a five-game losing streak to the Bruins.
SCOUTING OREGON, OSU: Oregon is struggling at 3-10-1 overall (0-4-1 Pac-10) because the Ducks have surrendered three times as many goals (36) as they have scored (12). Kami Kapaku leads the club with eight points (four goals). Oregon State (8-8, 2-3) has won two of its last three games - 3-0 at Oregon and 3-2 vs. Washington State. Taylor leads the Pac-10 with 30 points (14 goals, two assists). Cal leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 11-2, and has won the last seven meetings, including a 3-2 decision in Corvallis in 2003. The Bears hold a 6-1 edge over the Ducks, losing for the first time, 2-0, in Eugene last year.