April 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Megan Takacs and Melissa Humphrey scored half of California's goals as the Golden Bears defeated Oregon, 14-10, Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Ore. With the win, Cal improved to 7-4 overall and remained undefeated in conference play at 4-0.
The Bears, who entered the contest in a tie for first place in the MPSF Conference, traded goals with Oregon to start the game. The Ducks led, 3-2, when Cal scored five unanswered goals on a streak that extended into the second half.
"We didn't really make any adjustments at halftime, but we told the girls that our two-goal lead at the half was not going to be enough," head coach Ginger Miles said. "We played well over the course of the game. We executed our gameplan."
Starting with Cal's five-goal streak, until there were five minutes remaining in the contest, the Bears had only allowed three goals from the Ducks. Cal led, 14-6, before Oregon scored four times in the game's final minutes.
This win was a little sweeter for the Bears since Oregon was the team that knocked Cal out of the 2012 MPSF Tournament.
"This was a game that we were fired up about since they beat us in the conference tournament last year," Miles said. "We had been working hard all week long at practice in preparing for this game. Our girls were really excited about it."
Defensively for the Bears, goalkeeper Megan McGinnis notched 11 saves for the third time this year, and it was also her fourth game of 2013 with double-digit saves. Grace Parente notched six ground balls. She leads the team in that category with 22.
With her four goals, Takacs took over sole possession of second place on Cal's all-time career goals list, now with 129. She is 16 scores shy of the all-time record. With her lone assist on the day, Humphrey is tied for second all-time at Cal in career assists with 63. She is 20 helpers away from first.
"Megan and Melissa are critical pieces of our offense," Miles said. "They do a great job of creating opportunities, not only for themselves, but for everyone else who contributes for us offensively."
Cal has four games remaining in the regular season. Next week, the Bears travel to Southern California to face USC on Friday, April 12, at 3 p.m. and San Diego State on Sunday, April 14, at noon.
"We're thrilled right now, but we know our next four games are going to be very important," Miles said. "Still, I've been really pleased with how we've improved every game this year. We need to keep working hard at getting better as we approach the conference tournament."