Bears Start Season With 3-0 Victory Over Pacific
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/17/2012

Aug. 17, 2012

Final Stats

Score: Cal 3, Pacific 0
Site: Knoles Field - Stockton, Calif.
Records: Cal 1-0, Pacific 0-1
Top Cal Performers: Betsy Hassett (2 G, 1 A), Celeste Boureille (1 G), Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (1 A), Rachel Mercik (1 A)
Next Game: Sunday vs. San Jose State (2 p.m.)

STOCKTON, Calif. - Fresh off her first Olympic games, senior Betsy Hassettdid not miss a step returning to her California women's soccer team. Hassett - a native of Auckland, New Zealand - scored twice in the Golden Bears' season-opening 3-0 win over Pacific.

Freshman Celeste Boureille got her Cal career off on the absolute best foot, scoring the Bears' first goal of the season and her first in the Blue & Gold with a strike in the 44th minute.

"Playing in my first game at Cal was a lot of fun," Boureille said. "It felt great for all of us to get rid of our first-game butterflies. I can't wait for our games coming up!"

Hassett upped the lead in the 55th and the 63rd.

"I'm stoked to score a couple of goals on my first game back as a senior with the Bears," Hassett said. "The team is looking really sharp. It's great to start the season with a 3-0 win and clean sheet!"

In total, the Bears outshot the Tigers 26-9, limiting UOP to just three shots in the second half. Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick and Pacific's Mirelle Mattos both had game-high six shots. In total, 12 different Bears took at least one shot apiece.

"We are very pleased with the win tonight against a very committed and well-coached Pacific team," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "The first game of the season is always somewhat frantic to start, but we settled in and found our rhythm. We created a lot of good scoring opportunities before scoring some nice goals. Credit must go to the Tigers, who played very well."

Cal tallied 10 corner kicks to Pacific's two. Emily Kruger played the full 90 in goal, making one save and allowing no goals. Tashia Long suffered the loss after she allowed all three goals but she did make six saves.

Cal is now 25-5-1 in the program's history of season openers. Additionally, the Bears have won 15 of their past 17 lid lifters. Cal moves its all-time lead in the series with the Tigers to 6-1-1.

43:45 - Cal 1, Pacific 0:

Boureille bent the ball over the keeper's head with Hassett crossing the ball in from the right side.

"My goal got started with a dribble penetration from Betsy, who then played me the ball out wide," Boureille said. "I then decided to take a chance on goal, so I made a move and found an open lane."

54:32 - Cal 2, Pacific 0:

Hassett received a pass from Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick, went one-on-one with the defender and then beat the keeper low near the post.

"Fitz made a great dummy run, which opened up a shot for me," Hassett said of her first goal.

62:48 - Cal 3, Pacific 0:

Rachel Mercik crossed the ball into Hassett in the middle, who headed it to the far post.

"Mercik's cross was absolutely perfect," Hassett said. "All I had to do was finish it off with my head."

Next Time on the Pitch:

Cal opens its home slate with a Sunday match against San Jose State. The Bears and Spartans get underway at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.