Sept. 2, 1997
Bears Hit the Road after Split at Adidas/Lady Foot Locker Classic
RECORD: Cal is 1-1-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the Pac-10.
THIS WEEK: The Bears take to the road for the first time in 1997 as they visit southern California for games at San Diego (0-2) and Cal State Fullerton (1-1). Friday's match at San Diego will mark the first time since 1994 that the two teams have met. Cal leads the all-time series, 1-0-1. The Bears and Toreros played to a scoreless tie the last time these two squads faced-off in 1994 and in '92, Cal defeated USD, 4-0. USD is led by sophomore defender Vanessa Thile. Last season she helped led USD to a 14-6-1 overall record (5-2 West Coast Conference, first place) and as the Toreros played their way into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sunday, the Bears will visit Cal State Fullerton (1-1) in a first-ever meeting. Last season, the Titans posted a 13-6-2 overall record (5-0-1 Big West, first). Cal State Fullerton is led by 1996 Big West Player of the Year, junior forward Dolores Browning. Browning notched 17 goals and 7 assists in 21 matches a year ago.
HEAD COACH KEVIN BOYD: The 1997 season is head coach Kevin Boyd's first at the controls of the Cal women's soccer program. Named Cal's seventh head coach on May 20, Boyd spent last season as the Bears assistant coach. He helped guide the Bears to their best record of the '90s in terms of wins --13-3-2 overall (5-2 Pac-10, second place). He is aided by two former Golden Bears: assistant coach Katharin Roth (Cal '86) and goalkeeper coach Duncan Lyons (Cal '89) who played for the men's soccer program during the 1988 and '89 seasons.
REWIND: Cal opened the 1997 season with a split at the Adidas/Lady Foot Locker Classic last weekend in Livermore, Calif. The Bears, who hosted the tournament, defeated Utah, 5-2, on Saturday, but fell to Northwestern, 2-1 in overtime, on Sunday. Despite falling behind, 1-0, early in the match against Utah, Cal roared back as five different Bears scored goals on the evening. Courtney Carroll (Fremont, CA), Stacey Mallison (Los Gatos, CA), Ashlee Hunt (Bonita, CA), Kim Brown (Berkeley, CA) and Natalie Stuhlmueller (Los Gatos, CA)each netted their first goals of the season in the victory. The following evening versus 1996 NCAA Tournament participant Northwesten, Cal jumped out to the lead, drawing first blood on a goal by junior Shelly Fouts (Solana Beach, CA) at the 26-minute mark of the first half. That score held until the 78th-minute when Northwestern's Stephanie Erickson was tackled from behind inside the penalty box by Cal junior Jessica Stanton. Erickson, promptly buried the penalty shot, tying the match at 1-1. There was no further scoring in regulation play and the teams headed into sudden death overtime knotted at one goal apiece. Only three minutes into the first overtime session, Northwestern's Cahtleen Cooke knocked in a cross from Dionna Latimer at the right edge of the goal box for the game's winning goal.
BEAR NOTES: In its first two games this season, the Cal offense continued last year's trend of being very balanced with six Bears each recording a goal in Cal's first two matches of the season ... Despite starting the season with a 1-1 record, the Bears out shot both opponents by a total of 37-15 during last weekend's tournament ... Cal also took twice as many corner kicks as its foes, 12-6 ... Berkeley product and 1996 second team All-Pac-10 selection Kim Brown had a goal and two assists during the tournament and ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring.