Oct. 14, 2007
IRVINE, CALIF. - California sophomore Spencer Warden scored an extra-man goal with 25 seconds remaining to give the No. 2-ranked Golden Bears an 8-7 victory over No. 4-ranked UCLA in the third-place match of the SoCal Open Sunday at the Anteater Pool in Irvine, Calif. The Bruins' Justin Johnson had tied the score at 7-all on a goal with 5:01 remaining, but Warden was able score on the man-advantage with time winding down for the win.
Earlier in the day during the semifinal match, the Bears (16-2) had fallen to Bay Area rival and No. 3-ranked Stanford, 10-9 in sudden-death overtime. The Cardinal's Ryan Fortune scored the match-winner after each team had scored a goal during the two, three minute overtime periods. Senior All-American Sharf, who had a match-high four goals for Cal, had scored with 38 seconds left in regulation to send the match into overtime at 8-8. Sharf then scored the lone goal in the first three-minute overtime period and Alex Pulido scored for Stanford in the second three-minute extra session to send the game into sudden-death. Along with Sharf's four goals, Frank Reynolds, Warden, Vladislav Andreyev, Thomas Pearson and Zac Monsees also scored for the Bears, while senior goalie Mark Sheredy finished with 10 saves.
"The Stanford game was a tough one," said Cal Coach Kirk Everist. "We had trouble on our 6 on 5 and that was the difference. I was really proud of the way we bounced back against UCLA. After a 47 minute marathon versus Stanford and going down 4 to 1 and 5 to 2 the boys really dug deep. We had a great performance from the guys who did not see much action in the Semi. Zachary White, Brian Dudley, Mike Sample and Scott Cruikshank really gave the team a life."
On Saturday, Cal had defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 17-2, and No. 7 Long Beach State, 11-7, to reach the semifinals. The Bears will next return to MPSF league action when they travel to Southern California to play No. 4-ranked UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Los Angeles, and No. 5-ranked Pepperdine on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in Malibu.
California (16-2) 1 - 4 - 2 - 1 --- 8
UCLA (14-4) 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 --- 7
UCLA: Krsto Sbutega, Clay Jorth, Marco Santos, Tyler Jemmett, Matthew Jacobs, Scott Davidson, Justin Johnson.
Saves: Mark Sheredy (Cal) 5; Chay Lapin (UCLA) 9.
Stanford 0 - 1 - 3 - 4 - 0 - 1 - 1 --- 10
California 2 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 0 --- 9
Stan: Sage Wright 3, Ryan Fortune 2, Andrew Drake, Janson Wigo, Jeffrey Schwimmer, Michael Bury, Alex Pulido.
Saves: Sandy Hohener (S) 11; Mark Sheredy (Cal) 10.