No. 24 Cal Hosts Oregon, Oregon State

Oct. 24, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL HOSTS OREGON, OSU: No. 24 California (8-4-4, 1-3-2 Pac-10, T6th) looks to make a postseason push as the Golden Bears return home for their final four regular-season games of the 2006 season. Cal, which is 3-1-2 at home this season, hosts Oregon (10-5-1, 4-0-1, 2nd) Friday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. at Edwards Stadium, before entertaining Oregon State (8-6-2, 1-4, T8th) Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. The Bears, who are ranked by Soccer Times, are tied with Arizona for sixth in the conference but are only five points behind fourth-place Washington State (3-1-1).

BEARS DOWN WASHINGTON, FALL TO WSU: Cal posted four unanswered goals to defeat Washington, 4-1, Oct. 20 to earn the Bears' first Pac-10 win of the season. The victory was the Bears' first ever over the Huskies in Seattle. The only other time Cal has defeated UW on its home soil was Oct. 18, 1992, in Olympia, Wash. (1-0). Last weekend, the Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, but the Bears entered halftime up 2-1 on goals from freshman midfielder Kelly Menachof and senior forward Katie Ratican in the ninth and 24th minutes, respectively. Ratican netted her second long-range goal of the day in the 72nd minute on an assist from junior midfielder/defender Caitlin Hannegan. The assist was Hannegan's second of 2006 and of her career. Menachof capped the scoring with an insurance goal in the 77th minute. Cal outshot WSU, 15-8, but lost, 2-0, Oct. 22 in Pullman, Wash, as the Cougars netted two goals within 19 seconds in the 19th minute. Junior All-American defender Courtney Hooker was the only regular starting defender available to play 90 minutes against the Cougars.

RATICAN LEADS BEARS' ATTACK: Katie Ratican leads Cal with career highs of 13 points and five goals. She also paces the team with three assists. The product of Fullerton, Calif., has improved her output each year at Cal - seven points (2003), 10 points (2004) and 12 points (2005). Prior to 2006, her career high for goals was three in 2004 and 2005. Nine players have accounted for the Bears' 20 goals, with senior forward Julia Schnugg (also played defender due to injuries) and Kelly Menachof second on the team with three goals apiece. Junior forwards Stephanie Wieger and Bri Wiles and sophomore forward Valerie Barnes have tallied two goals each.

BEAR BITS: Cal owns eight shutouts this season after tying a school record with 14 shutouts in 2005. Freshman goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini has allowed only one goal this season - an own goal to Arizona - in 236 minutes in the net (0.35 GAA). Kelly Menachof has started the last three games for the Bears in the midfield. Senior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami (three-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection) and Courtney Hooker (two-time All-Pac-10 pick) are the only two Cal players who have started all 16 games this season. Cal has taken 53 more shots than its opponents (188-135) this year.

DID YOU KNOW?: Senior midfielder Jenny Wendell studied at Oxford during the spring semester earlier this year and was a member of the school's novice rowing team. Senior goalkeeper Anna Key was named the 2006 NCAA Division I Sportsmanship Award winner for her work helping the children of Malawi. Sophomore defender Nkechi Kanu spent two summers interning at NASA. Senior defender Alivia Mazura is joined by her freshman sister, Jessica, on this year's Cal team. Julia Schnugg's sister, Stephanie, is a sophomore on the Cal water polo team, and their father, Peter, played water polo at Cal from 1969-73, earning the 1973 NCAA Player of the Year award.

SCOUTING OREGON, OSU: Oregon is having its best season in program history, already setting school records for wins (10) and Pac-10 wins (4). The Ducks are guaranteed to post their first winning overall record in school history. Sixth-year senior forward Nicole Garbin leads the club in points (19), goals (9) and game-winning goals (7, 1st Pac-10). Cal owns an 8-1 series lead over Oregon, including a 5-0 win in Eugene last year and a 5-1 triumph in Berkeley in 2004. Valerie Barnes and Julia Schnugg scored in the win over the Ducks in 2005. Oregon State has lost four consecutive games and has tallied only one goal during that stretch. Jodie Taylor paces the Pac-10 with 21 points (seven goals, seven assists). The Bears hold a 12-2-1 series advantage after last year's 4-0 triumph in Corvallis.

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