No. 21 Cal Hosts Missouri Saturday
Sept. 3, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
BEARS FACE MISSOURI: Coming off a 6-0 victory over Saint Joseph's, No. 21 California (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) wraps up a three-game homestand against Missouri (1-1 overall, 0-0 Big 12) Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. at Edwards Stadium. The last time Cal scored more than six goals in a regular-season game was in a 12-0 shutout of James Madision in 2000 in Berkeley.
LAFONTAINE-KUSSMANN RETURNS TO THE FIELD: Redshirt freshman Jorden LaFontaine-Kussmann returned to the field this season after being diagnosed with lymphoma last October. She was declared cancer free in the spring and is one of three veteran goalkeepers on this year's team. Cal also features junior Gina Pellegrini and redshirt junior Rosie Aguilera.
CAL IN THE POLLS: As a result of a 3-2 overtime loss to unranked Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 29, Cal fell out of the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz polls. Cal dropped four spots to No. 21 in the NSCAA poll and is receiving votes by Soccer Buzz. The Soccer Times poll has not been updated this week.
BEARS SPLIT GAMES AT CAL INVITE: Cal opened the 14th-annual Cal Invitational with a 3-2 overtime setback against Cal State Fullerton. The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead but couldn't hang on for the victory. Sophomore forward Alex Morgan and senior midfielder Nikki Schrey scored in the 31st and 36th minutes, respectively, to send Cal into the locker room with a lead. The Titans converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute to tie the game, and netted the game-winning goal on a free kick in the 100th minute. It marked the second straight year that CSF beat Cal in overtime (2-1 2OT at Fullerton in 2007). Five different players scored to propel Cal to a 6-0 victory over Saint Joseph's Aug. 31 on the final day of the Cal Invite. Freshman midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir put Cal on the board in the 20th minute, and Morgan and redshirt sophomore forward Lisa Kevorkian also scored first-half goals. Freshman midfielder Katherine Suits, Kevorkian and redshirt junior forward Torrey Delaplane added second-half goals. Delaplane's goal came as time expired. Rosie Aguilera and Jorden LaFontaine-Kussmann each played a half in goal to help Cal post its first shutout of 2008. Kevorkian, who had an assist vs. CSF, and Omarsdottir were named to the all-tournament team.
KEVORKIAN, MORGAN LEAD CAL'S OFFENSE: Lisa Kevorkian and Alex Morgan have combined to record seven of Cal's 11 goals this season. Kevorkian leads Cal in points (9) and goals (4), and Morgan is second in points (8) and goals (3). Kevorkian played in only three games last season due to a knee injury. She had no points in 2007 and five points as a rookie. Kevorkian has diverse interests, including playing the guitar, composing songs, skateboarding, fishing and kickboxing. Morgan, who led Cal with 18 points and eight goals in 2007, redshirt freshman Natasha Richardson and freshman forward Camellia Senamar, a member of the Iranian national team, are tied for the team lead in assists with two.
CAL RETURNS THREE PAC-10 HONOR RECIPIENTS: Senior forward Valerie Barnes and Alex Morgan earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honor last season. Sophomore defender Megan Jesolva joined Morgan on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, and both athletes were named Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Americans. Morgan spent the offseason competing for the U.S. under-20 national team, including at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, which earned the U.S. a spot in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in November in Chile.
CAL FRESHMAN CLASS RANKED NO. 4 BY SOCCER BUZZ: Cal's freshman class was ranked No. 4 by Soccer Buzz, a women's college soccer Web site, after being tabbed No. 5 in 2007. Defender Danielle Brunache is ranked the highest of all of the Bears' newcomers at No. 23.
SCOUTING MISSOURI: Missouri leads the all-time series with Cal, 2-1-1, including a 4-0 decision in Columbia, Mo., in 2007. The teams tied, 0-0, in double overtime in the last game in Berkeley in 2005. Missouri finished last season with a 13-8-1 record. This year, the Tigers lost to Illinois, 2-1, and beat Auburn, 1-0.