No. 12 Cal Travels to Cal State Fullerton, San Diego State
Sept. 11, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - CAL VISITS CS FULLERTON, SAN DIEGO STATE: Off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2000, No. 12 California travels to Cal State Fullerton (1-2-1) Friday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, and to San Diego State (1-1-2), Sunday, Sept. 16, at noon at SDSU Sports Deck in San Diego.
A LOOK BACK ON THE 2000 SEASON: Cal is off to its best start since the 2000 season when the Bears opened the campaign 8-0 before suffering a 1-1 tie against Santa Clara. The Bears were 11-0-1 before losing their first game at Washington, 2-1, and finished the season with a 17-3-1 record. The 17 wins are the most in school history.
CAL IN THE POLLS: Cal moved up four spots to No. 12 in the Soccer Times poll for its highest ranking of the season. Cal jumped one place to No. 14 in the Soccer America poll and two spots to No. 14 in the NSCAA poll. Cal made its biggest jump, from No. 30 to No. 23, in the Soccer Buzz poll.
BEARS BLANK CS BAKERSFIELD, VERMONT: Cal blanked Cal State Bakersfield, 3-0, and Vermont, 4-0, to run its streak of shutout victories to four straight. Senior forward Stephanie Wieger gave Cal a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute after scoring on a header off a free kick from senior midfielder Laurie Gartrell. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Menachof extended Cal's edge to 2-0 with a score in the 52nd minute off a cross from redshirt sophomore forward Katherine Daiss. Senior midfielder Caroline Lea added an insurance goal in the 75th minute. Against Vermont, Cal led 2-0 at the half with goals coming from redshirt sophomore forward Torrey Delaplane and senior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan. Wieger assisted on both goals. Sophomore midfielder Katie Oakes and Daiss finished the scoring in the second half. Daiss also assisted on Oakes' goal.
SHUTOUT TREND CONTINUES IN 2007: Cal has become synonymous with shutouts in recent years. In 2005, Cal tied the school record with 14 shutouts and followed that effort with 12 shutouts in 2006. The Bears have registered shutouts in 30 of their last 48 games (62.5 percent). Cal sophomore goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini has been credited with six of those shutouts and owns a 0.10 goals-against average in 865 minutes in goal in two seasons, as she has allowed only one goal in her collegiate career.
CAL BOASTS HUGE SHOT ADVANTAGE: Not only does Cal hold a 9-0 goals' advantage on its opponents this season, the Bears also boast an 82-14 shot edge. Cal prevented Cal State Bakersfield from taking a shot and limited Columbia to one shot. Junior forward Valerie Barnes leads Cal with 11 shots.
BALANCED ATTACK IN 2007: Eight players have accounted for Cal's nine goals this season. Caitlin Hannegan leads the way with two goals. Katherine Daiss, Stephanie Wieger, Katie Oakes, Valerie Barnes, Kelly Menachof, Torrey Delaplane and Caroline Lea each have registered one goal.
CAL FRESHMAN CLASS RANKED NO. 5 BY SOCCER BUZZ: Cal's freshman class was ranked No. 5 by Soccer Buzz, a women's college soccer Web site. The Bears brought in two top 15 recruits in Megan Jesolva (No. 10), who can play in the back, midfield or up top, and goalkeeper Jorden Kussmann (No. 12). Jesolva earned her first start of the season against Vermont, and Kussmann garnered her first start against Cal State Bakersfield.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON, SAN DIEGO STATE: Cal State Fullerton is off to a 1-2-1 start and is coming off a 3-1 victory over Washington last Sunday. Stacey Thompson and Jenae Gibbens lead the team with two goals each. Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with Cal, 1-0-1. Last season, the teams tied, 0-0, in Berkeley. San Diego State beat Creighton, 2-0, and tied Nebraska, 0-0, on the road last weekend. Jackie Ragudos has scored two of her team's three goals this year. Cal leads the all-time series with San Diego State, 5-3. Cal beat San Diego State, 3-1, in the last meeting in 2001 in San Diego.