Oct. 4, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - California created a multitude of chances but fell 2-0 to Stanford on Thursday night at Cagan Stadium. The Golden Bears fell to 6-4-1 (1-2-0 in the Pac-12), while the Cardinal improved to 5-5-0 (2-1-0 Pac-12) after Zach Batteer scored once in each half.
Cal hosts Stanford in its regular-season finale on Nov. 9 at Edwards Stadium.
Both teams created their share of chances in what looked to be a 0-0 first half, until, with 18 seconds remaining, Dersu Abolfathi crossed from the flank to Batteer, who headed in his first goal past diving sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Peach. Stanford took that 1-0 lead into halftime.
Cal outshot Stanford, 9-8, in the first half, forcing Cardinal goalie Drew Hutchins into making five saves.
At 78:09, Bobby Edwards crossed to Batteer, who again headed past Peach to give Stanford its 2-0 lead.
Cal's last best chance came in the 84th minute. Senior midfielder Tony Salciccia took a corner kick and found sophomore forward Stefano Bonomo on the near post. At a difficult angle, Bonomo flicked the header across the goal mouth and wide of the goal at 83:35.
At 89:39, with Cal's last shot on the night, Salciccia shot wide.
The Bears outshot the Cardinal, 19-16, though 90 minutes. Peach made four saves, while Hutchins made seven. Stanford recorded 22 fouls to Cal's 16.
"First half we had some great chances and some outstanding play," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Unfortunately, we gave up a goal late in the half. In the second half we did everything we could to pull even. At the end of the day it just wasn't our day. Credit Stanford for a good match tonight. We're looking to get back to a good week of training."
Cal next plays in the Pacific Northwest, taking on Washington on Oct. 12 in Seattle and battling the Beavers of Oregon State on Oct. 14 in Corvallis, Ore.