No. 20 Cal Travels to No. 25 Missouri, Kansas
Sept. 17, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL TRAVELS TO MISSOURI, KANSAS: After shutting out five of its first six opponents, No. 20 California (5-1) wraps up a six-game road trip at No. 25 Missouri (4-2) Friday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. CT and at Kansas (0-5-1) Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. CT. The Golden Bears play eight of their first 11 games of the season on the road and only seven of their 19 regular-season games are at home.
CAL IN THE POLLS: Following its first loss of the season, Cal fell six spots to No. 20 in the Soccer America poll and three places to No. 23, according to Soccer Buzz. Soccer Times (No. 12) and the NSCAA (No. 14) haven't released their polls yet this week.
BEARS EARN SPLIT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Cal suffered a 2-1 double-overtime setback at Cal State Fullerton Sept. 14 for its first loss of the 2007 season. Cal State Fullerton grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute, and Bears senior forward Stephanie Wieger helped send the game into overtime with a score in the 55th minute off a cross from sophomore defender Brianna Bak. In the 103rd minute, the Titans Kristen Boujos netted a golden goal off a corner kick to give her team the victory. Cal bounced back with a 2-0 victory over San Diego State Sept. 16. The game was scoreless at the half before freshman forward Alex Morgan dented the scoreboard in the 53rd minute off a pass from freshman defender/forward McKenna-Louise McKetty. Senior midfielder Caroline Lea added an insurance goal in the 87th minute. Senior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan delivered the assist on a free kick.
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 31 of their last 50 games (62.0 percent), including five of six outings this season. Cal sophomore goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini has been credited with six of those shutouts, while freshman goalkeeper Jorden Kussmann earned her first career shutout against San Diego State.
CAL BOASTS HUGE SHOT ADVANTAGE: Not only does Cal hold a 12-2 goals' advantage on its opponents this season, the Bears also boast a 105-30 shot edge. Cal prevented Cal State Bakersfield from taking a shot and limited Columbia to one shot. The Bears average 17.5 shots per game, while their opponents average six shots. Junior forward Valerie Barnes, Stephanie Wieger, Caroline Lea and sophomore Torrey Delaplane top Cal with 11 shots.
WIEGER LEADS BALANCED CAL OFFENSE: Nine players have accounted for Cal's 12 goals this season. Caitlin Hannegan, Stephanie Wieger and Caroline Lea lead the way with two goals each. Katherine Daiss, Katie Oakes, Valerie Barnes, Kelly Menachof, Torrey Delaplane and Alex Morgan each have registered one goal. Wieger, who was Cal's top returner this year with nine points in 2006, paces the Bears with six points in 2007. Hannegan, who recorded four career points entering this season, is second on the team with five points. Wieger and Daiss are tied for the team lead with two assists.
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. Against San Diego State, Alex Morgan and McKenna-Louise McKetty logged starts.
SCOUTING MISSOURI, KANSAS: Missouri is 4-2 after losing to two Bay Area teams - No. 1 Stanford, 3-2, and No. 3 Santa Clara, 2-1. Kristin Andrighetto and Michelle Colllins lead the Tigers in points (12) and goals (5). Kansas has tallied only one goal in six games this season to earn a 1-1 tie against Auburn. The Jayhawks' opponents have registered 11 goals. The Cal-Missouri series is tied at 1-1-1 after the teams tied 0-0 the last time the teams faced each other in Berkeley in 2005. Cal beat Kansas, 1-0, in Berkeley last year in the teams' only previous meeting.