Sept. 3, 2012
BERKELEY - The California field hockey team rebounded from its loss against Northwestern to pound the Bryant University Bulldogs, 5-0. Sophomore midfielder Lara Kruggel scored a hat trick to push her team lead to six goals this season.
Though the Golden Bears looked a little sluggish to start the match, the final stats tell the story of a dominating performance. The Bears took 15 shots on the afternoon, firing 10 of them at the cage, while holding Bryant to only five. California also allowed only two penalty corners on the afternoon, while taking five of its own.
Kruggel was happy about her hat trick, but really just wanted to make her presence felt.
"I was just really happy that I scored because I put a lot of pressure on myself to keep my scoring up," she said.
Though the Golden Bears won handily this afternoon, head coach Shellie Onstead still expects more from her team.
"I was not very happy in the first half, but I will commend the team for making a change in the second half," said Onstead. "I think we need to become more mature about starting the game at our level. But I did see some great individual work and once again, [freshman goalie] Joelle [van Hoorn] proved that she can hold down the back. We actually made changes at halftime in preparation for [junior midfielder] Shannon [Elmitt] being away at the Junior Pan-American Games. There were some interesting results from that, so we've got some nice things to think about moving forward."
After a Bulldog yellow card given to midfielder Abagail Armstrong, Cal began its onslaught. It started when Elmitt hit a backhand across the front of the cage that junior forward Jordan O'Reilly tipped in to score her first goal of the season. Only a minute later, Cal cashed in again on the penalty when Kruggel scored her first goal of the day on a hard low shot to the left corner of the cage. With about a minute left, sophomore midfielder Caroline Struijk finished the first half scoring when a broken penalty corner left her with an open shot from the top right part of the arc and she was able to beat the goalie to the left side.
In the second half with a 3-0 lead, the Bears earned a penalty stroke 15 minutes into the half. Kruggel took it for her second goal of the day, hitting the back of the cage on the left side about halfway up. Kruggel finished her hat trick 15 minutes later with a rocket of a shot from the right side of the arc that hit the back left post.
Van Hoorn, fresh off her second NorPac Defensive Player of the Week Award in a row after allowing only one goal in two games last week, earned her second win and shutout while posting two more saves.
Cal plays again on Friday, Sep. 7, when the Bears play host to the Drexel Dragons at 7 p.m. at Maxwell Family Field.