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Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick scored the team's only goal off an assist by Rachel Mercik.
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Pepperdine Holds Cal to 1-1 Draw in 2 OTs
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/26/2013

NEWS & NOTES:

  • The Bears own a 1-1-3 record over the Waves, including a 0-0-2 away record.
  • This is the program's first 1-0-1 start since 2005.
  • Cal was 2-0 in overtime games in 2012 – beating UC Davis 2-1 in 2OT and Colorado 3-2 in OT.
  • This was Cal’s first overtime game since October 5, 2012 (vs. Colorado) and the first tie result in regular-season play since October 7, 2011 (vs. UCLA)
  • Senior goalkeeper Emily Kruger matched her fifth-highest total of saves in a single-game with eight saves.

Malibu, Calif. – No. 20/18 California’s second game of 2013 ended in a 1-1 stalemate in double overtime as the Bears (1-0-1) and Pepperdine (0-0-1) battled it out on all sides of the ball Monday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Wave territory.

"Today was a hard-fought battle between two good teams. The credit goes to Pepperdine as they played well," said Golden Bear head coach Neil McGuire. "We're never happy when we don't win, but there are some positives from a tie on the road against a good team."

The game was nearly even on every front, with Pepperdine owning a slight edge over Cal in shots (17-14), and corner kicks (8-6). Cal senior goalkeeper Emily Kruger (Woodside, Calif.) matched her fifth-highest total of saves in a single game with eight, while the Waves' freshman keeper Hannah Seabert made seven saves.

“Our defenders all around forced Pepperdine’s players wide and we played tight on them, so every single one of my saves was easy. It was a huge factor in their lack of offense,” Kruger said.

Senior midfielder Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.) was relentless on offense, leading the team with four shots on goal and six overall as the Golden Bears held possession of the ball for a majority of the game.

It took 53 minutes of play for the ball to find net for the first time.  A Pepperdine corner led to a skirmish inside the Cal box, before Pepperdine freshman forward Kristen Rodriguez toe-touched the ball in on a double-assist by sophomore defender Mandy Davis and senior midfielder Katie Gallanes, and the Waves went up 1-0.

Cal rallied back within four minutes to tie the game up 1-1 at 56:46. Fitzpatrick played the ball wide to switch it to the outside back. Senior forward Rachel Mercik (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) crossed it over to Fitzpatrick, charging from half field, before Fitzpatrick volleyed it to the far left post.

The game remained a back-and-forth through the final minute of regulation play, then continued into both overtime periods. Both teams saw a combined seven solid chances in overtime as the Waves outpaced the Bears by just one shot, 4-3.

“Our team did really well for the majority of the game in finding our feet and moving the ball. It was a big improvement from Friday, so we’re really excited about that,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Golden Bears return to Berkeley to open play at home on Goldman Field Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Detroit, then continue their Labor Day weekend homestand Sunday at 4:30 p.m. vs. San Jose State.

SCORING SUMMARY:

53:17 Pepperdine --  RODRIGUEZ, Kristen (Davis, Mandy; Gallanes, Katie)

56:46 Cal -- Fitzpatrick, Kaitlyn  (Mercik, Rachel)

SAVES:

California 8 (Kruger, Emily 8), Pepperdine 7 (Seabert, Hannah 7)


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