Boyd Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Hooker Picked to First Team

Nov. 11, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - California's Kevin Boyd was named the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Soccer Coach of the Year Thursday after leading the Golden Bears to a 14-3-2 record and their 13th NCAA Tournament selection. Boyd is the first Cal coach to earn the award in women's soccer. Headlined by Courtney Hooker's first team honor, seven Cal players received all-conference recognition.

In his ninth year at Cal, Boyd has guided the Bears to their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure and their best record since 2000 when they posted a 17-3-1 record. The Bears finished second in the conference this season with their best-ever Pac-10 record at 7-1-1. Ranked as high as No. 6 in the national rankings, Cal received a No. 3 regional seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play Rice today in Austin, Texas. Boyd owns an overall record of 110-57-15 (.646) at Cal and is the winningest coach in the program's history.

Boyd's 2005 team has posted 13 shutouts, which is one shy of the school record of 14 set in 1988. Cal ranks fifth in the nation in goals-against average at 0.397, which is on track to break the school record of 0.52, also set in 1988.

Hooker, a sophomore defender, was chosen to the first team All-Pac-10 team after earning second team distinction as a rookie. A product of Woodland Hills, Calif., Hooker made strong contributions towards the Bears' stingy defense and often marked an opponent's top scorer.

Senior defender Tracy Hamm, senior forward Liz Eisenberg and sophomore midfielder Caroline Lea garnered second team All-Pac-10 recognition. This marks the first all-conference honor for all three athletes.

Eisenberg, from San Rafael, Calif., leads the Bears in points (23), goals (10) and game-winning goals (6) this season after pacing the team in all three categories as a junior.

In addition to being a critical member of Cal's dominant backline, Hamm has notched six points in 2005 from two goals and two assists. The Moraga, Calif., native's two goals came in the Bears' 3-0 triumph over Washington State.

After playing on the Bears' frontline as a freshman, Lea performed well in Cal's midfield this year. Lea, who hails from Lakewood, Colo., recorded the game-winning goals against Washington and Stanford in this year.

Senior forward Dania Cabello, junior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami and sophomore midfielder Chioma Igwe received honorable mention all-conference. Cabello is second on the team with 17 points and is tied for the Bears' lead with five assists. Al-Lami, who earned the same honor as a freshman and sophomore, tallied three points (one goal, one assist) this year. Her one goal was the game winner against USC. Igwe garnered her second honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolade after notching five points (one goal, three assists) this season.

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