Oct. 12, 2012
Score: No. 14 Cal 2, Arizona State 0
Site: Sun Devil Soccer Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Records: Cal 12-3-0, 5-1-0 Pac-12, ASU 6-8-1, 2-4 Pac-12
Top Cal Performers: Celeste Boureille (1 G), Celeste Martore (1 G)
Next Cal Game: Friday vs. Washington
TEMPE, Ariz. - With goals from a pair of freshmen both named Celeste, the No. 14 California women's soccer team kept its road record perfect with a 2-0 win over Arizona State on Friday afternoon under the Tempe sun. Celeste Boureille gave the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 28th minute and Celeste Martore upped it to 2-0 in the 75th.
"We are very pleased with the win on the road," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "ASU coach Kevin Boyd had his team very well prepared, as expected, and we took awhile to settle. Once we did and moved the ball, we felt good."
Not only does Cal improve to 12-3-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the Pac-12, but the Bears also up their winning streak to six straight victories and their Pac-12 winning streak to five. The Sun Devils move to 6-8-1 and 2-4 in the Pac-12.
"This win was very important for us not only in continuing our winning streak but also giving us that extra confidence going into the last conference games," Martore said. "Our team has been working hard since preseason and it's awesome to finally see all of our dedication reflected in the score."
After Utah handed the Bears their second shot deficit of the year last weekend, Cal returned to form to outshoot ASU 19-9. The Bears have scored at least one goal in each of their last 12 matches and have tallied more than one goal in the past six games. The goal was Boureille's third of the year and the first of Martore's Cal career.
Junior keeper Emily Kruger posted six saves in her 90-minute win. ASU split time between Chandler Morris - who took the loss after allowing one goal in 72 minutes with three saves - and Liz Schulze (17:46, one allowed goal, one save).
"It means so much to get this win and every win in conference counts," Boureille. "I am so happy to be a part of it!"
27:42 - Cal 1, ASU 0:
Boureille scored with the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Ifeoma Onumonu assisting.
"Betsy Hassett played the ball into Ifeoma, who then turned the corner and crossed it into me," Boureille said. "I took a touch to turn and then volleyed it far post."
74:49 - Cal 2, ASU 0:
Martore fired off a laser shot from 20 meters, and the ball bounced off the goalkeeper and into the goal.
"The ball was played into the box from a corner, but the midfield cleared it," Martore said. "I collected it and dribbled up field towards ASU's backline. Our forwards did a great job of drawing the defenders away from the goal to create a huge scoring lane for me."
Next Week on the Pitch:
Cal returns home for a two-game stand with the Evergreen State schools. Washington comes to town for an Oct. 19 game at 3:30 p.m. The Bears then face off against the Cougars of Washington State at noon on Oct. 21. Both games will be played at Edwards Stadium with the Oct. 19 game against UW being broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.