Sept. 30, 2012
BERKELEY - California had its six-game unbeaten streak end with a 3-1 defeat to No. 6/9 UCLA on a warm Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Seth Casiple scored the Golden Bears' only goal in the 89th minute, after Cal trailed 3-0. Cal's record fell to 6-3-1 (1-1-0 in the Pac-12), while UCLA improved to 7-1-2 (2-0-0 Pac-12) after the match, which appeared on the Pac-12 Networks.
Cal entered the match after beating San Diego State, 1-0, in double overtime at home on Sept. 28 for its first Pac-12 victory.
""For most of the match today we were pleased with how we performed," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Coming off of an emotional overtime victory on Friday, I thought our team did well to rebound and respond. UCLA today, especially in the second half, took advantage of their chances, and ultimately that was the deciding factor of today's match."
After a 0-0 first half in which the Bruins outshot Cal, 8-4, the Bears outshot UCLA 10-3 in the final 45 minutes. But UCLA scored on all three shots. The first came at 54:37, when Victor Munoz found Victor Chavez with a through ball, and the latter slotted it into the corner from 17 yards out for the 1-0 lead.
At 60:41, Ryan Hollingshead crossed to the far post, and Munoz scored Hollingshead nabbed his team's final goal, scoring at 72:17 off a Reed Williams assist for the 3-0 lead.
Casiple, a sophomore midfielder, scored directly off a free kick at 88:27 to make the final score 3-1.
Cal sophomore goalkeeper Kevin Peach wound up with three saves. UCLA's Earl Edwards made seven saves.
"It's important to move on, learn from the loss and keep going," Casiple said.
The Bears move on to their next game on Thursday, when they play at Stanford at 7 p.m. in another match on the Pac-12 Networks.