Sept. 28, 2012
BERKELEY - Stefano Bonomo scored his third straight game-winning goal at 107:31 to give California a 1-0 double-overtime sudden victory over San Diego State in the teams' Pac-12 opener on Friday at Edwards Stadium. The win gave Cal a 6-2-1 record (1-0-0 in the Pac-12) and a six-game unbeaten streak, all coming in the first six games of the Golden Bears' seven-game home stand.
San Diego State fell to 4-3-1 (0-1-0 Pac-12) after the loss.
Senior midfielder Tony Salciccia started the scoring play, finding John Fitzpatrick in the Aztecs' box. The senior forward played the ball across the six-yard box to a wide-open Bonomo, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Tim Peitsch.
Cal goalie Kevin Peach stayed busy, making seven saves and snaring several SDSU crosses to ensure the shutout, his third of the season.
"Whenever you go into double overtime with two outstanding teams, you know you have a great game, and that was what today was: It was a great game for San Diego State, and it was a great game for Cal," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "We took our chance at the end, and we feel great about the victory today. At this point we're just trying to take the games one at a time and look to the next one on Sunday."
San Diego State outshot Cal, 14-8, after 90 minutes, but Cal - which still had its share of possession during regulation - tied the Aztecs with two shots in the first 10-minute overtime.
Cal dominated the second OT, outshooting SDSU, 6-2, and forcing two saves out of backup goalie Peitsch, who replaced starter Blake Hylen at the start of the second half. Junior defender Ryan Neil put a shot on goal at 101:08, with Peitsch saving, and Fitzpatrick had a shot saved at 106:26.
A little more than one minute later, Bonomo ended the match with his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
"This gives us a little bit of confidence, and it's a good step forward in Pac-12s," Bonomo said.
Cal's next opponent is No. 6/9 UCLA, which beat Stanford, 3-1, on Friday to improve its record to 6-1-2. The match against the defending Pac-12 champion Bruins will be Cal's third on the Pac-12 Networks.