Aug. 24, 2012
BERKELEY - Though it was a close fought match, the No. 16 California Golden Bears fell to the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins on Friday evening, 2-1. The game was the first ever Cal sport to be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.
Head coach Shellie Onstead thought that her team performed very well on the pitch.
"I knew when I went to sleep tonight I would have an idea what we had," said Onstead. "I was really pleased with the way we responded to playing the No. 1 team in the nation. The team believed in itself. The sky is the limit."
Maryland got off to a fast start, shooting four shots on goal in the first 3:50. Making her first collegiate start, freshman goalie Joelle van Hoorn was able to make the first three saves, but the fourth slipped past to put the Terrapins up 1-0.
"It was fun and exciting," said Joelle, who hails all the way from Vught, The Netherlands. "It's so exciting to play with this team. Especially so in the second half when we were playing so great."
Joelle made the best of her first start, earning seven saves in the narrow defeat.
The Golden Bears were able to quickly right the ship. After a long period of chances for both squads, Cal was able to convert a penalty corner when sophomore midfielder Lara Kruggel was able to net her first goal of the season on a shot from the top of the arc that bear Maryland goalie Natalie Hunter to the left side of the cage.
The teams went into halftime tied, 1-1, however, the Golden Bears were at a distinct disadvantage for the first five minutes of the second half. Late in the first half, Kruggel, was given a yellow card and a ten minute penalty for a hard tackle. Maryland was able to capitalize on the advantage, and scored a goal just over a minute into the half.
Maryland played a strong defensive second half, and though the Bears had a few scoring opportunities, they were unable to find the equalizer.