No. 9 Cal Wraps Up Regular Season at Oregon, Oregon State
Nov. 1, 2005
NO. 9 CAL TRAVELS TO OREGON, OSU: After posting a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over USC, No. 9 California (12-3-2, 5-1-1 Pac-10, 2nd) concludes the regular season Friday, Nov. 4, at Oregon (9-7-1, 1-6 Pac-10, 9th) and Sunday, Nov. 6, at Oregon State (10-6-1, 3-3-1 Pac-10, 6th). The Bears are off to their best start since opening the 2000 season with a 15-1-1 mark. Cal looks to earn its 13th NCAA Tournament selection when bids are announced Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. on ESPNews.
CAL SECOND IN PAC-10: Cal enters the final week of the regular season in second place in the Pac-10 with a 5-1-1 record. UCLA paces the conference at 5-0-2, but if the Bears win two games in Oregon and UCLA posts at least one tie or one loss against Arizona or Arizona State, Cal will win the Pac-10 title. Arizona and Arizona State are tied with USC for third in the Pac-10 at 4-2-1. Cal hasn't finished higher than fourth in the conference over the last four years. The Bears only Pac-10 title came in 1998.
THE POLLS: Cal is ranked as high as No. 9, according to the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz after surpassing last year's win total of 11. SoccerTimes tabs Cal No. 10, and Soccer America has the Bears slotted at No. 12. Cal was ranked as high as No. 8 by the NSCAA (Sept. 13).
CAL SPLITS WITH UCLA, USC: Cal saw its streak of six consecutive shutouts snapped with a 2-0 setback against UCLA Oct. 28. After a scoreless first half, UCLA went ahead, 1-0, in the 56th minute on an own goal by a Cal defender. With the Bears pushing forward in search of the equalizer, UCLA's Danesha Adams was able to capitalize with an insurance goal in the 84th minute. Cal held an 8-7 shot advantage in the game. Oct. 30, Cal closed out its regular-season home slate with a 2-1 victory over USC on Senior Day. The Women of Troy went ahead ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute with a goal from their leading scorer, Amy Rodgriguez. In the 73rd minute, Cal senior forward Liz Eisenberg received a pass from senior defender Tracy Hamm and tucked the ball just under the cross bar to tie the game. Less than four mintues later, junior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami headed in a long cross from junior defender Alivia Mazura to put the Bears ahead for good. The goal was her first of the season.
CAL DEFENSE NO. 6 NATIONALLY: Cal ranks No. 6 in the nation for goals-against average (0.440) after allowing only eight goals (one PK, one own goal) in 1,635 minutes. The Bears are ninth in the country for shutout percentage at 0.65 (11-of-17 games). Ashley Sulprizio ranks seventh nationally in GAA at 0.418 (seven goals, 16 games, 1,508 minutes). Sulprizio has recorded nine of Cal's 11 shutouts and has 19 for her career (fourth all-time at Cal). She is chasing Noreen Paris' 1985 school record for GAA in a season (0.45) and Karen Cook's 1996 Cal record for shutouts in a season (11). The 1987 and 1989 Cal teams set the school record for fewest goals allowed (11). The 1988 squad recorded the school records for GAA (0.52) and shutouts (14).
EISENBERG LEADS CAL ATTACK: Liz Eisenberg leads Cal in points and goals for the second consecutive season. After recording 21 points and nine goals as a junior, the San Rafael, Calif., product paces the Bears with 16 points and seven goals this year. Her goal against USC was her first since the Sept. 18 2-1 loss to Santa Clara.
SULPRIZIO CLIMBING CAL CAREER CHARTS: In addition to challenging Cal's season records for shutouts and goals-against average, Ashley Sulprizio has her name etched in the Bears' career charts. After transferring to Cal after redshirting the 2001 season at Nebraska, Sulprizio has posted 19 shutouts and a 0.739 career goals-against average. She ranks fourth in school history in shutouts, behind Maite Zabala (26.5, 1997-00), Karen Cook (22, 1993-96) and Olympian Mary Harvey (20, 1983-86). Sulprizio, who hails from Gardnerville, Nev., stands fourth in Cal history for career goals-against average, behind Noreen Paris (0.46, 1985-88), Linn Gassaway (0.64, 1987-88) and Mary Bloom (0.73, 1989-90).
SCOUTING OREGON, OSU: After opening 2005 with an 8-1-1 non-conference record, Oregon is ninth in the Pac-10 at 1-6. Nicole Garbin leads the Ducks with 21 points, netting 10 of her team's 20 goals. Oregon State is 10-6-1 overall and is sixth in the conference at 3-3-1. Jodie Taylor, the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, paces the Beavers with 26 points (10 goals, six assists). Cal holds a 7-1 series lead over Oregon and a 12-2-1 edge over Oregon State. Last year, Cal beat Oregon, 5-1, and tied Oregon State, 0-0, in Berkeley. Caroline Lea, Liz Eisenberg, Sierra Schlesinger, Jenny Wendell and Katie Ratican posted goals against the Ducks in 2004.