California sophomore forward Laura Schott was one of 12 players selected to the 2000 NSCAA/adidas first team All-America team announced Wednesday at the NCAA Men’s College Cup in Charlotte, N.C.
Schott is the first Golden Bear to be named an NSCAA first team All-American since U.S. national team member Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett was selected in 1989. Cal’s last All-American was Erika Hinton, who earned second team honors in 1993.
A first team All-Pac-10 pick from Wilsonville, Ore., Schott finished the season as the Pac-10’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.
Schott was rightfully named Cal’s Offensive MVP at the annual team awards banquet Thursday night. Her offensive exploits combined with the Bears 10th-ranked defense (0.65 goals-against average) 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. The 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.
Schott was the only Pac-10 Player to be named to the first team, while three conference players were named to the second team and one to the third. The first team also was comprised of four seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and one freshman.