No. 13 Cal Travels to WSU, Washington

Nov. 2, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL VISITS WSU, UW: After reaching double-digit wins for the eighth time in nine seasons, No. 13 Cal (10-4-3, 3-2-2, 5th) wraps up the regular season at Washington State and Washington. The Golden Bears face the Cougars (8-6-3, 3-3-1, T6th) Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in Pullman and the Huskies (12-4-1, 3-3-1, T6th) Sunday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. in Seattle.

NCAA TOURNAMENT ON HORIZON: The 64-team NCAA College Cup field will be announced on ESPNEWS on Monday, Nov. 8 between approximately 1-2 p.m. PT. ESPNEWS can be found on DirecTV at channel 207, Dish Network at channel 142, or check your local cable listings. In addition, some cable systems carry the ESPNEWS signal. Cal looks to earn its 12th NCAA Tournament selection and sixth in the last seven years.

THIS WEEK'S POLLS: For the seventh week in a row, Cal has earned a national ranking. Soccer America kept the Bears at No. 13, SoccerTimes dropped Cal from No. 19 to No. 20, and Soccer Buzz moved the team from No. 20 to No. 29. Cal is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

CLOSE PAC-10 RACE: With one weekend of Pac-10 play remaining, Arizona sits atop the conference with a 5-2 record after tying Cal for ninth in 2003 at 2-6-1. The Bears have handed the Wildcats one of their two Pac-10 losses this season. UCLA is second at 5-3, followed by Stanford (4-2-1), ASU (4-2-1) and Cal (3-2-2). Washington and WSU are tied for sixth at 3-3-1, USC is eighth at 3-5, Oregon State is ninth at 2-4-1, and Oregon is 10th at 0-6-1.

BEARS BOAST MULTIPLE SCORING THREATS: Eleven different players, including GK Ashley Sulprizio, have accounted for Cal's 35 goals this season, and eight players have posted at least two goals. Last season, Cal scored only 22 goals and nobody had more than three goals. Junior forward Liz Eisenberg leads this year's squad with nine goals, while freshman forward Stephanie Wieger is second with seven and junior midfielder Sierra Schlesinger is third with four. The Bears are tied for the Pac-10 lead with Washington at 2.06 goals-per game, and their 35 goals are tied for second in the conference.

DEFENSE THEN OFFENSE ON DISPLAY IN HOME FINALES: Cal's stellar defense was on display in its 0-0 double overtime tie to Oregon State Oct. 29. Sulprizio recorded two saves as the Bears recorded their 10th shutout of the season, four shy of the 1998 school record of 14. The backline of Tracy Hamm, Kristine Relja, Courtney Hooker and Alivia Mazura continued to play well. Cal outshot Oregon State, 17-6, and had two excellent chances from Eisenberg and Katie Ratican in the final two minutes of overtime to break the deadlock. Against Oregon, Cal's offense erupted for a 5-1 victory, with five different players scoring for the Bears. Freshman forward Caroline Lea started the attack with a goal 18 seconds into the game, an Edwards Stadium record. Eisenberg recorded her team-best third-game winning goal in the 17th minute. Redshirt freshman midfielder Jenny Wendell sent the Bears into the locker room ahead 3-0 with her first collegiate goal. Schlesinger tallied her fourth goal of the year to put Cal up 4-0. Oregon scored in the 58th minute, and Ratican capped the scoring with an 83rd-minute goal, her third of 2004. Ratican (seven points in 2003), Schlesinger (three points in 2003) and Dania Cabello each have 10 points this season.

SCOUTING WSU, WASHINGTON: Washington State is 8-6-3 (3-3-1 Pac-10, T6th) and is 3-1-1 in its last five games, including a 3-2 triumph over Washington in its last contest. Alex Rustrum leads the team with 18 points (nine goals). The Cougars have scored 22 goals and allowed 21. Washington is 12-4-1 and tied with WSU for sixth in the Pac-10 at 3-3-1. Tina Frimpong paces the club with 25 points (11G, 3A). The Huskies have scored 35 goals and allowed 24. Cal leads the all-time series with WSU, 8-3-3, with the teams tying, 0-0, in 2003 in Berkeley. UW holds an 8-5 edge over Cal and has won the last four meetings. Schlesinger scored Cal's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Washington last season.