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Sport Shorts

Wednesday September 18, 2002

Cal’s Kirk named Pac-10 Player of the Week 

Cal senior midfielder Brittany Kirk has been named the Pac-10 Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for Sept. 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.  

Kirk posted a goal and had the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win over No. 3 Santa Clara Sept. 13. In Cal’s first road game of the season, Sept. 15 against Saint Mary’s, Kirk helped the Bears escape with a 1-1 tie as she scored with 14 seconds left in regulation.  

The assist against the Broncos was the 18th of Kirk’s career, moving her into a tie for third place on the California all-time list. She is only six assists away from surpassing U.S. national team star Joy Fawcett’s school record of 23.  

Cal (4-1-1 overall, 0-0-0 Pac-10), which is ranked as high as No. 4 in this week’s Soccer Buzz poll, visits Fresno State on Sunday. 


Cal softball champs to take White House trip 

President George W. Bush and the White House will honor Cal’s 2002 NCAA champion softball team on Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C.  

The Bears will make the cross-country trip Monday and spend two days in the nation’s capital before returning to Berkeley.  

On Tuesday, the team will tour the White House before Bush addresses Cal and other spring NCAA champion teams. Bush will pose for photos with the teams in the State Dining Room. Cal’s two seniors on the ‘02 squad - pitcher Jocelyn Forest and third baseman Candace Harper - will present Bush with a custom Easton bat with the Cal logo and 2002 NCAA softball champions inscribed on it.  

Later Tuesday, the Washington chapter of the California Alumni Association will host a reception for the team.  

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity, especially with everything going on in the world, that we can go back and meet the president,” said head coach Diane Ninemire. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us. It’s just something else that makes winning the national championship so special. It is a bond these women will have forever.”  

In May, Cal won its first NCAA championship with a 6-0 victory over defending champion Arizona.