No. 11 Cal Visists No. 15 Stanford
Oct. 11, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
NO. 11 CAL PLAYS AT NO. 15 STANFORD: Coming off three straight shutout victories, No. 11 California travels across the bay to face No. 15 Stanford Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field. The game will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet. Saturday's game counts towards the Lexus Gauntlet head-to-head sports competition between Cal and Stanford. The Golden Bears (9-2-1) are tied for first at 2-0 in the Pac-10 Conference with Stanford (8-3-1) and Arizona (7-3-2). The last time Cal opened the conference season 2-0 was in 1999. The Bears are off to their best overall start since opening 2001 with the same record.
THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 11, according to the NSCAA. The other polls have the Bears at No. 12 (Soccer Buzz and SoccerTimes) and No. 16 (Soccer America). The Bears' best ranking of the year was No. 8 by the NSCAA (Sept. 13). Stanford is ranked as high as No. 15 by Soccer America. The NSCAA has the Cardinal tabbed at No. 19.
BEARS BLANK WASHINGTON, WSU: Cal opened the Pac-10 portion of its schedule with a 1-0 victory over Washington Oct. 7 and a 3-0 triumph vs. Washington State Oct. 9. Against the Huskies, Cal sophomore midfielder Caroline Lea netted the game's only goal off a corner kick in the 62nd minute. The goal was Lea's first of the season and third of her career. Junior forward Katie Ratican was credited with the assist by delivering a perfect ball into the six-yard box. After a scoreless first half against the Cougars, Cal senior defender Tracy Hamm netted two second-half goals and Ratican added an insurance goal to give the Bears their first sweep over the Washington schools since 1999. Hamm was named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.
HAMM RELIVES FORWARD DAYS: Tracy Hamm contributed to Cal's two shutouts over the weekend offensively and defensively. In addition to holding Washington and Washington State scoreless, Cal held the schools to a combined four shots, while the Bears launched 40 shots (16, 24). Hamm spent her first two seasons in Berkeley roaming Cal's frontline. As a freshman in 2002, the native of Moraga, Calif., tied All-American Laura Schott for the team lead with 18 points and led the Bears with nine goals. Hamm didn't score in her first season on defense in 2004 but seized her opportunities over the weekend to go forward in the attack. After leading the team with four shots against Washington, she twice dented the scoreboard vs. WSU.
CAL DEFENSE NO. 4 NATIONALLY: Cal ranks No. 4 in the nation for goals-against average at 0.39 after allowing only five goals in about 1,165 minutes of soccer. The Bears are also tied for seventh in the country for shutout percentage at 0.67 (eight of 12 games). Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio ranks sixth nationally in goals-against average at 0.347 (four goals, 11 games, 1,038 minutes). Sulprizio has recorded six of Cal's shutouts and has 16 for her career (fourth all-time at Cal). The 1987 and 1989 Cal teams set the school record for fewest goals allowed (11). The 1988 squad posted the school record for GAA (0.52).
CABELLO CLIMBS TO FIFTH ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS AT CAL: Senior forward Dania Cabello posted her team-high fourth assist against Washington State, moving her to fifth all-time in school history with 17 assists. Joy Biefeld (1986-89) owns the school record of 23. Cabello is second on the team with 12 points (four goals, four assists) in 2005. She is also second for game-winning goals (2).
SCOUTING STANFORD: Stanford is 8-3-1 overall this year, with all three of its losses coming against top 15 opponents - Portland (3-0), North Carolina (4-0) and Texas A&M (1-0). The Cardinal have won its last five games, including a 1-0 victory over then-No. 5 Santa Clara. Stanford has outscored its opponents 15-1 in its wins this season. Leah Tapscott paces Stanford with seven points (three goals, one assist). The Cardinal leads the series with the Bears, 11-9-3. In 2004, Stanford and Cal tied, 1-1, in Berkeley. Cal goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio tied the game in the 88th minute by heading in a corner kick taken by Chioma Igwe.
BEAR BITS: Senior forward Liz Eisenberg leads Cal in points (14), goals (6) and game-winning goals (4)...freshman forward Valerie Barnes notched her first career point vs. WSU with an assist...Cal has played five overtime contests (3-1-1) this season after going extra minutes five times in 2004...Cal is 43-16-6 (.708) all-time at Edwards Stadium.