California sophomore forward Laura Schott and senior defender Tami Pivnick were named 2000 All-Americans by Soccer Buzz on Tuesday. The national collegiate women’s soccer Web site selected Schott to its first team and Pivnick to its third team.
Schott and Pivnick are Cal’s first All-Americans since Erika Hinton earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) second team honors in 1993. The last Bear to be first team All-American was U.S. national team member Joy Fawcett in 1989.
Earlier this month, Schott was the only Pac-10 player to earn first team All-America recognition from the NSCAA, and now she joins USC’s Isabelle Harvey as the only Pac-10 players to be named to Soccer Buzz’s top All-America list. Schott also earned first team All-West honors from both the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz.
A first team All-Pac-10 pick from Wilsonville, Ore., Schott finished the season as the conference’s leader for points (47), goals (23) and game-winning goals (9). Her 23 goals tied Fawcett’s school record, set in 1987. Nationally, Schott concluded the year ranked second for goals per game at 1.15 and ninth for points per contest at 2.35. After two years in Berkeley, Schott ranks third in school history for goals (34) and fourth for points (77) and is on pace to break Fawcett’s records of 55 and 133, respectively.
Pivnick helped anchor the 10th-ranked defense (0.645 goals per game) in the nation this season. The sweeper from West Hills also found ways to contribute to Cal’s attack in 2000, tying for fifth on the team with eight points (two goals and four assists). Her outstanding efforts on the field and in the classroom helped Pivnick earn selections to both the second team All-Pac-10 team and the first team Academic All-Pac-10 squad. She also was a second team All-West pick by Soccer Buzz and a third team All-West honoree by the NSCAA.
Schott and Pivnick were named Cal’s Offensive and Defensive MVPs, respectively, at the annual team awards banquet.
Their offensive and defensive exploits helped the Bears put together one of the best seasons in school history. Cal posted a 17-3-1 record, placed second in the Pac-10 at 7-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell 2-0 to eventual Final Four participant Santa Clara.
The Bears’ 17 wins broke the previous school record of 16 set in 1986, ‘87 and ‘88. The Bears ended the year ranked as high as No. 4 by Soccer America.