No. 21 Cal Faces No. 5 Florida State in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 11, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL FACES NO. 2-SEEDED FLORIDA STATE IN NCAA SECOND ROUND: Coming off a 3-1 victory over Auburn in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 21 California (12-4-5, 3-3-3 Pac-10) meets No. 5 Florida State (15-3-4, 5-2-3 ACC) in the second round Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. ET at Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Fla. Cal is 2-1-2 against ranked opponents in 2006, including wins over No. 4 Santa Clara and No. 11 Stanford. The second-seeded Seminoles blanked Jacksonville, 6-0, in the first round of the playoffs. Sunday is a rematch of last year's NCAA third round game, which saw Florida State defeat Cal, 2-1, in Tallahassee. FSU leads the all-time series with Cal, 1-0. The winner of the Cal-Florida State game faces the winner of the Illinois vs. St. Louis contest Nov. 17, 18 or 19.
SCHNUGG TO FACE FORMER TEAM AGAIN: Senior forward Julia Schnugg, who competed at Florida State as a freshman and sophomore, will face her former team in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year on Sunday. Schnugg tallied two goals and an assist to propel Cal to a 3-1 victory over Auburn in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. With her effort against the Tigers, she now leads the Bears in points (14) and goals (6) this season. As a freshman at Florida State, the Alamo, Calif., product recorded 22 points from six goals and 10 assists to help the Seminoles to the NCAA College Cup Semifinals. As a rookie, Schnugg was named a Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American and to the All-ACC Freshman team. The following year, she paced FSU in points (17), garnering second-team All-ACC honors. In her inaugural year with the Bears last season, she contributed six points (one goal, four assists).
BEARS' NCAA HISTORY: Cal is making its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006 and its eighth in the last nine years. With the victory over Auburn, Cal has moved past the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year and the third time in the Bears' last four NCAA appearances. In 2005, Cal advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988 with a 2-1 triumph over UTEP at Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Bears then lost to No. 2-seeded Florida State, 2-1, in the third round after the game was scoreless at the half. In 1988, Cal lost to North Carolina State, 1-0, in the NCAA semifinals. The Bears also earned spots in the NCAA semifinals in 1984 and 1987. The three goals Cal scored against Auburn Nov. 10 equaled the second most the Bears have scored in the NCAA Tournament. In 1983, Cal shut out Cincinnati, 5-0, in the program's first postseason game for the Bears' biggest NCAA scoring outburst. In 1987, Cal defeated UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. The Bears are 11-14 all-time in NCAA play.
CAL DEFEATS AUBURN, 3-1, IN NCAA OPENER: Julia Schnugg registered two goals and an assist and junior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan netted her first collegiate goal to propel Cal to a 3-1 victory over Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 10. Schnugg gave Cal a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute when she capitalized on a scramble in the box after a Bears' corner kick. Senior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami was credited with an assist on the play. Schnugg sent Cal into the locker room ahead 2-0 with another goal in the 38th minute, marking her first multi-goal game of her Bears career and second of her collegiate career. Junior defender Courtney Hooker and junior forward Stephanie Wieger earned assists on the goal. Hannegan added an insurance goal for the Bears 39 seconds into the second half from 12-yards out after Schnugg and freshman forward Lisa Kevorkian connected to find Hannegan open in the penalty box. Redshirt sophomore Nicole Jarbo made the most of her first major minutes in a Cal uniform, recording nine saves -- including on a 63rd-minute penalty kick attempt - in 90 minutes of action. Jarbo had played a total of 10 minutes (vs. SMU in 2005) in her entire collegiate career prior to the Auburn game. Jenny Zarzour, whose penalty kick was saved by a diving play to Jarbo's right, ended Cal's streak of four straight shutouts with a goal in the 81st minute.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2005 NCAA THIRD ROUND - Florida State 2, Cal 1: No. 3-seeded Cal saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to No. 2-seeded Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 20 at Seminole Soccer Complex. The Golden Bears concluded 2005 with a 16-4-2 record, while the Seminoles improved to 20-3 and advanced to play No. 1-seeded North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the quarterfinals Nov. 25. It rained steadily through most of the FSU-Cal game. In the 50th minute, Seminoles defender Kelly Rowland sent a cross from the right side into the Bears' penalty area, which went off the far post and into the goal for the first score of the game. FSU forward India Trotter scored what proved to be the game winner in the 86th minute when she dribbled around a couple Cal defenders and scored from about 16 yards. With 89:23 on the clock, Katie Ratican cut the deficit to 2-1 with a shot on the right side from about 15 yards. Tracy Hamm and Nkechi Kanu were credited with assists. Cal rattled off the first four shots of the game and held an 8-3 advantage in the first half. Senior forward Dania Cabello and Tracy Hamm led the Bears with two shots each. For the game, Cal held an 11-8 shot advantage.
CAL PLAYERS WITH NCAA GOALS, ASSISTS: Led by Julia Schnugg's two NCAA Tournament goals, six current Bears have postseason goals to their credit. The following players have scored one NCAA goal - Caitlin Hannegan (vs. Auburn, 2006), Katie Ratican (at Florida State, 2005), Valerie Barnes (vs. UTEP, 2005), Laurie Gartrell (vs. Rice, 2005) and Nadia Al-Lami (vs. Santa Clara, 2004). Seven different Bears have on NCAA assist - Schnugg, Al-Lami, Stephanie Wieger, Courtney Hooker and Lisa Kevorkian (vs. Auburn), Nkechi Kanu (at Florida State) and Ratican (vs. UTEP).
BEAR BITS: With the win over Auburn, Cal is now 4-0-1 all-time against SEC schools. Cal tied Vanderbilt, 0-0, Sept. 9, 2006, at the Saint Mary's Fall Classic. Courtney Hooker's assist against the Tigers was her first career point for the Bears. Hooker has played all 1992 minutes for the Bears this year. Four Cal players are tied for the team lead in assists with three - Katie Ratican, Nadia Al-Lami, Stephanie Wieger and Lisa Kevorkian. Twelve different players have accounted for Cal's 27 goals. The Pac-10 postseason honors were announced Nov. 9, and five Cal players received accolades. Hooker, Al-Lami and Caroline Lea garnered second-team All-Pac-10, while Nkechi Kanu received honorable mention. Kelly Menachof was chosen to the All-Pac-10 Freshman squad.