Freshman Maddie Julian entered the game at goalie for the first time in her career.
Sunday’s game vs. Washington will be televised live on ESPNU.
The Bears are on a three-game losing skid, all on the road.
Cal is 0-2 when an opponent scores in the first half.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State used three goals to overpower No. 21 California in a 3-1 victory Friday afternoon in Pullman, Wash. The Golden Bears are now 9-4-5 overall and 2-4-3 in the Pac-12 following their third straight loss on the road in a difficult end-of-season schedule that includes five consecutive road games.
Junior Sandra Ley (Cupertino, Calif.) scored her first career goal to net Cal’s only score of the day, a chip in to the far post off a corner kick from senior Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick (Pleasanton, Calif.). Ley finished with two shots on the day, along with senior Rachel Mercik (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), while Fitzpatrick and junior Taylor Comeau (Los Gatos, Calif.) led with three shots apiece.
The Bears finished with a .500 shots on goal percentage, shooting 7-for-14 within the frame, while the Cougars shot 10-for-23.
Redshirt junior Kat Messinger (Dana Point, Calif.), fresh off her career-high five-save performance against Oregon on Monday, got the start in goal against the Cougars but was replaced by freshman Maddie Julian (San Jose, Calif.) at 83:12 after she was presented with a red card. Julian played the remainder of the game in the net, tallying two saves while allowing one goal.
After Cal scored near the 18-minute mark in the first half, Washington State caught up at 34:26 thanks to Nicole Setterlund. WSU’s Micaela Castain sent one to the net, but it hit the crossbar, before Setterlund rebounded in the box and sent it inside to the near post.
The game was nearly even at the half, with Washington State owning a slight edge in shots (10-8) while Cal had the edge in corners (4-1).
Setterlund scored again in the second half after blasting another to the inside near post from 12 yards out, doubling up with Castain on the assist again.
Castain earned her third assist of the day as the Cougars added an insurance goal at 84:13, just a minute after Julian entered the game in her first minutes in the net. Kourtney Guetlein tapped the ball in to the far left post on a cross from Castain.
Cal will remain in Washington for one more match as the Golden Bears meet up with the University of Washington Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.