The stage is finally set for the NCAA Women's College Cup second round games. No. 8 seed California entertains Santa Clara Saturday at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears had a first-round bye, while the Broncos defeated Cal Poly, 3-1, in the opening round Wednesday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Cal and Santa Clara faced each other Sept. 24 at the Bay Area Classic with the game ending in a 1-1 tie through two overtime periods. Santa Clara jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 34:29 when midfielder Devvyn Hawkins one timed a cross from Heather Aldama from about eight-yards out.
Down 1-0 at the half, Cal tied the score at 1-1 at 47:14 when sophomore forward Laura Schott headed in to the near post junior forward Kyla Sabo's cross.
Cal is 17-2-1, while SCU is 14-6-1. The Bears lead the all-time series with the Broncos, 11-9-2.
Gates open one hour before the start of the game. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for Cal or Santa Clara students with college ID, children 12 and under, senior citizens and disabled.
California sophomore forward Laura Schott was named one of 12 finalists for Soccer Buzz’s Women’s Soccer Player of the Year honor Friday. Soccer Buzz is a Web site devoted exclusively to collegiate women’s soccer. The winner will be announced in early December after a vote of every Division I women’s soccer head coach and the Soccer Buzz staff.
Schott, who was named a first team All-Pac-10 selection on Tuesday, has been the Golden Bears go-to player all season. She leads the Pac-10 in scoring (47), goals (23) and game-winning goals (9). Nationally, Schott ranks second for goals per game at 1.21 and eighth for points per game at 2.47.