Aug. 31, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - California outshot Virginia, 17-10, on the road, but the Golden Bears lost for the first time this season, 2-1, on Friday evening at Klöckner Stadium. Sophomore forward Stefano Bonomo scored his first collegiate goal for Cal (1-1-0).
Sophomore midfielder Seth Casiple earned his second assist of the season by setting up Bonomo's strike.
"We played an outstanding team tonight in Virginia," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "For us to have as many quality chances as we did and have a chance to win the game is a very good sign."
In the scoreless first half, Cal outshot the Cavs, 7-6, and tied them on corner kicks, 1-1.
Virginia scored early in the second half, as Will Bates set up Ryan Zinkhan for a 10-yard shot that gave UVa a 1-0 lead at 46:06.
At 56:51, Casiple sent a long cross to Bonomo, who beat the defense and goalkeeper Spencer LaCavita for the equalizer.
Cal kept knocking on the door, including with a shot by junior defender Ryan Neil that LaCavita saved at point-blank range at 81:01.
The Bears had an 8-4 advantage on corner kicks, which ended up benefitting the home team more than Cal, as Zach Carroll headed in the gamewinning goal off of Scott Thomsen's corner at 83:33.
Junior forward Luis Fuentes took Cal's last shot of the game, but a UVa field player blocked his effort at 88:41.
Cal ends its East Coast trip with a game at No. 3/6 Maryland at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 2.