BERKELEY -Lara Kruggel and Nicole Wallstedt each posted a tally for California.
This was the third loss this season to a ranked team by only one goal. The Bears lost in similar fashion to both Northwestern and Maryland. Coach Shellie Onstead and the Bears are eager to put this behind them and power through the rest of the season.
"There's actually a healthy amount of upset in the team right now," Onstead said. "They're resolving to bring it to each practice and get better this week."
Though they lost, Onstead still saw positives to her team's performance.
"We got a whole lot out of our press and I was really happy with that. We created goals off of that."
Senior defender and captain Laura Spellman felt her team played at a high level as well.
"Straight from the get go we had a great warm-up," Spellman said. "We felt it. We knew it was right. Our energy level was high. We knew this game was the one to turn it around. Right from the beginning, we played so well. It's really hard to lose like that, but it's a game that sticks with you and you use it to go forward."
Cal struck first eight minutes into the contest when Lara Kruggel found the back of the cage for the seventh time this season. Shooting once again from the right side of the arc, Kruggel beat the goalie to her left. Drexel answered right back two minutes later with a goal of their own. Fifteen minutes later, Drexel scored their second goal when a long hit was just touched by a Cal stick on its way into the goal, giving Drexel the halftime lead, 2-1.
In the second half, Cal put on its press and put it on with a vengeance. Cal didn't allow a shot in the second half, while taking nine of their own. One during a scramble in front of the goal saw senior forward Rachelle Comeau find redshirt freshman forward Nicole Wallstedt to score her first goal of the season. Eight different Golden Bears have now scored in the first five games of the season. Cal kept the pressure up through the rest of the game, earning seven second half penalty corners, but was unable to find the net for a third time as the game remained tied at two heading into the first overtime.
Though Cal had a player-advantage for the first minute and a half of overtime due to a late yellow-card drawn by Drexel, it was the Dragons who had the pressure in the extra period. After three corners were successfully defended by the Bears, Drexel found the back of the net on a counter attack nine minutes into the first overtime period.
Cal now goes on the road for two games. They play on Friday, Sep. 15 against Indiana and follow up with a game Saturday, Sep. 16 against Missouri St. Both games are at 11:00 a.m.