March 16, 2013
BERKELEY - The California Golden Bears faced off against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday afternoon and eventually fell, 13-8. Senior attacker Megan Takacs led the Bears with three goals.
Though the Bears fell with the five goal deficit, they were even with Virginia Tech in shots with 28 each. Cal was also strong on the defensive end, but had trouble with penaltys, as they awarded the Hokies eleven free position shots, of which they converted seven. Junior goalie Megan McGinnis did her part with 11 saves.
Cal started the game strong. Takacs scored the first goal four minutes into the match. Virginia Tech responded with the next two scores. After junior midfielder Amelia Burke evened the score, Virginia Tech once again responder with a goal of their own. Junior midfielder Paige Gasparino scored an unassisted shot to knot the score at three. Cal score once more in the first half, but the lead was short lived when the Hokies scored twice in the final two minutes. Still, the Bears went into the half only trailing by one, 5-4.
The second half started well for Cal, as they were able to tie the score at 6-6. Virginia Tech went on a run of draw control wins, and scored the next six goals to eventually seal the victory.
"Virginia Tech came out and out-executed us right out of the half," said head coach Ginger Miles. "They picked up their game and it took us a few minutes to adjust."
Cal found its stride near the end, scoring two quick goals to bring the score back to 12-8 with 9:34 left to play and forced Virginia Tech to call a time out. Unfortunately for the Bears, it was too little, too late. The Hokie defense held tough and did not allow another Golden Bear goal the rest of the way.