Chico State 1980


GAA: .53 GpG: 4.73 MoV: 4.20

AIAW Third place

The 1980 Wildcats leapt out of the gates, winning their first four games, allowing only one goal in the process. A tie against Division I Cal set the stage for their game against San Jose State. A 2-1 victory over the Spartans marked the first time in 12 years that Chico had defeated their in-state rival. Inspired by the win, the Wildcats won their next seven games, four by shutout, to close the regular season at 12-0-1 and outscoring the opposition 61-4. A 3-0 win over UC Davis earned Chico the berth to the AIAW tournament, where they were the only undefeated team. Wins over Eastern Mennonite and Brockport moved the Wildcats to the semifinals, where they fell for the first time that season in an overtime loss to eventual champion Gettysburg. Chico rebounded with a win over #2 Elizabethtown with a 2-0 score, marking their ninth shutout, for a third-place finish. Diana Honeycutt earned national recognition for her play.

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