Oct. 23, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The University of California women's field hockey team (5-11, 1-4) lost its final road match of the season on Tuesday night against Stanford, 2-0. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Struijk earned her third defensive save of the season in the first half.
The Golden Bears had trouble getting any offensive footing on the day, as the Stanford midfield kept the Bears well out of the offensive third of the field. Cal fired only four shots, and only two on target, during the game. The defense stood tough through the first half, but Stanford punched through in the second half to win the game.
The game was even until Stanford earned their first penalty corner of the game in the 12th minute. They had an opportunity, but Struijk put her stick in the right place for the defensive save. At the end of the half, Cal earned their only penalty corner of the game. After a clean injection, Struijk had a great shot at the goal, but Stanford goalie Dulcie Davies got a hand on the ball and directed it aside to end then half, 0-0.
Stanford didn't waste much time taking the lead once the second half started, scoring the game in the 37th minute. Cal worked on equaling the one goal deficit for most of the half, but Stanford earned the insurance goal off a penalty corner in the 63rd minute and took the 2-0 lead until the end of the game.
California will play its last match of the regular season at Maxwell Family Field on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The Bears will take on the UC Davis Aggies and celebrate Senior Day before the match. There will be a short ceremony to honor the Golden Bears' seven seniors. Admission is free to all home games.