Cal's Recruiting Class Ranked No. 4 Nationally By Soccer Buzz

May 28, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - California's 2008 incoming women's soccer class has been ranked fourth in the nation and No. 1 in the West region by Soccer Buzz. The ranking comes on the heels of Cal's No. 5 ranking in 2007.

'We are pleased with this class and are thankful for this ranking,' Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. 'Our staff feels it is a well-balanced group in terms of what each player will bring to the field. This is a dynamic group of young women with tons of personality. We are proud to be able to consistently attract some of the best soccer talent to Cal, both domestically and internationally. Recognition like this brings very high expectations, and we have to be able to produce the results necessary to maintain our team's very high standards.'

This year's Cal ranking equals 2000 for the best-ever praise the Bears have received from the Web site devoted to covering Division I women's college soccer. Cal's newcomers have been tabbed in the top 10 for five of the 11 years Soccer Buzz has released recruiting rankings.

Florida State, North Carolina and Boston College hold the top three places, respectively, in Soccer Buzz's 2008 national recruiting rankings. UCLA (fifth), Stanford (sixth) and USC (17th) are the other Pac-10 teams listed in the top 20.

Eleven players have committed to play for Cal in 2008, including two national team players in Clare Polkinghorne (Australia) and Katrin Omarsdottir (Iceland). Polkinhorne played for Australia in the 2007 Women's World Cup.

The Bears other nine recruits are from the state of California and boast considerable youth national team and Olympic Development Program experience. Defender Danielle Brunache, a U.S. Under-17 and Under-18 National team participant, has been tabbed the No. 23 recruit in the country by Soccer Buzz. Defender Kaitlin Paletta holds a top 75 ranking, and forward Mariam Azimi and midfielder Caroline Dagley earned top 100 spots, according to Soccer Buzz.

Cal, which finished 2007 with a 15-5-5 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, kicks off the 2008 season with an exhibition home game against Saint Mary's Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. The Bears' first regular-season game is at San Jose State Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. Cal went undefeated in spring competition in 11-v-11 competition with wins over North Carolina, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Oregon and a tie against Stanford.

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