No. 9 Cal Travels to No. 15 BYU, Utah
Sept. 20, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL VISITS BYU, UTAH: After playing its first eight games of the season in the Bay Area, No. 9 California travels to the state of Utah for two non-conference matches. The Golden Bears (6-1-1) face No. 15 BYU (8-0) Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Provo and Utah (6-2) Sunday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. in Salt Lake City. The Bears were also 6-1-1 through eight games last season.
THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 9, according to the NSCAA poll. The other polls have the Bears at No. 11 (SoccerTimes), No. 14 (Soccer America) and No. 17 (Soccer Buzz). The Bears have been listed as high as No. 8 (NSCAA, Sept. 13) this year.
BEARS DEFEAT PACIFIC, NIPPED BY NO. 4 SCU: Cal posted three first-half goals to secure a 3-0 victory over Pacific Sept. 14. Against the Tigers, senior forward Dania Cabello netted the eventual game-winning goal in the 15th minute, and junior forward Julia Schnugg and senior forward Liz Eisenberg were credited with assists. Senior midfielder Lindsay Clute closed the scoring with goals in the 28th and 31st minutes. Junior forward Katie Ratican assisted on Clute's first goal, and sophomore forward Bri Wiles fed Clute for her second goal. After jumping out to a 1-0 halftime lead, Cal lost to No. 4 Santa Clara, 2-1, in double overtime Sept. 18. Eisenberg gave the Bears the lead with a goal in the fourth minute, and Schnugg and Cabello earned assists on the play. Schnugg almost won the game for Cal in the second overtime, but her long-range shot from the left side of the field went off the far post.
EISENBERG IS A GAME WINNER: After leading Cal with three game-winning goals in 2004, Liz Eisenberg, the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week for Sept. 5-11, has a team-high four game-winning scores this year. The San Rafael, Calif., product has posted game-winning goals against Saint Mary's, Montana, No. 24 Dartmouth and SMU. The game-winning goal versus the Big Green was her second one in overtime at Saint Mary's Stadium in 2005. Eisenberg also paces Cal in goals (6) and points (11) this season after leading the team in goals (9) and points (21) in 2004. Nine of Eisenberg's 17-career goals have been game winners.
CLUTE FACTOR: Lindsay Clute has emerged as an offensive sparkplug for Cal off the bench this year. The native of Gresham, Ore., is second on the team in goals (5) and points (10) after tallying only seven points (3G, 2A as a junior) in her first three seasons. This year, Clute posted the game-winning score in Cal's 1-0 triumph over UC Santa Barbara. In 2004, she notched a game-winning goal vs. Penn and game-winning assists against No. 24 Arizona and San Jose State.
SULPRIZIO RANKED 17th IN NATION FOR GAA: Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio ranks 17th in the nation for goals-against average (0.408). The 6-1 product of Gardnerville, Nev., has allowed three goals in approximately 662 minutes in the net. She owns three shutouts this season and 13 for her career, ranking her fifth all-time in school history.
SCOUTING BYU, UTAH: BYU (8-0) has scored 22 goals - by 13 different players - this season, while allowing only two. The Cougars have averaged 2,592 fans in their first four home games. Jaime Beck leads BYU with 15 points (5G, 5A), followed by Jessica Aquino with 10 points (5G). BYU leads the all-time series with Cal, 2-0 (4-3 in Berkeley in 1998, 2-0 in Provo in NCAA first round in 1999). Utah (6-2) won its first six contests before dropping games to Arizona, 1-0, and Cal State Fullerton, 4-0. The Utes are led by Adele Letro (3G, 2A--8 points). Cal holds a 2-0 series lead over Utah. The Bears posted a 5-2 win in Berkeley in 1997 and blanked the Utes, 4-0, in Seattle in 1998.
BEAR BITS: Cal's goals-against average of 0.457 ranks 19th in the nation, and the Bears' shutout percentage of 0.63 (five of eight games) is tied for 15th nationally...Cal has played four overtime contests this season after going extra minutes five times in 2004...Dania Cabello has assisted on three of Liz Eisenberg's six goals in 2005...Cabello leads the Bears with three assists and ranks sixth all-time at Cal with 16 assists.