Sept. 15, 2006
BERKELEY - Junior forward Javier Ayala-Hil scored in the 62nd minute to give 20th-ranked California a 2-1 victory over Dartmouth on the first day of the 10th annual adidas Cal Legacy Classic on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears, who are on a three-game winning streak, improved their record to 4-2-1, while the Big Green's record fell to 1-2-2.
"Dartmouth showed today why they were an excellent team and why they were a seeded in the playoffs a year ago, a team that will be contending for the Ivy League title," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said.
Dartmouth midfielder Mike Ordonez headed a Daniel Keat corner kick in the 61st minute, to temporarily tie the game at 1-1.
Cal junior midfielder Luke Sassano soon found Ayala-Hil with a nice long ball, which Ayala-Hil slotted past goalkeeper Rowan Anders in the 62nd minute.
"That was nice," Grimes said of the game-winning goal. "That showed a lot of character by the guys, to be able to bounce back and get a goal right away, so we were pleased with how we responded after giving up a goal."
In the first game of the day, Stanford beat Sacramento State, 2-0, on goals by Michael Strickland in the 10th minute and by Ryan Oblak in the 22nd minute. Cardinal midfielder Kyle Hency assisted on both goals. Strickland also had an assist on Oblak's goal.
Stanford's record improved to 2-3-2, while the Hornets' record fell to 2-5-0.
On Sunday, Sept. 17, Stanford plays Dartmouth at 12 p.m. and Cal plays Sacramento State at 2:30 p.m. on the final day of the adidas Cal Legacy Classic at Edwards Stadium.
GAME SUMMARY 1 2 F Dartmouth 0 1 1 California 1 1 2
Shots by Period
1 2 Total Dartmouth 1 4 5 California 5 4 9
Records: Dartmouth 1-2-2. California 4-2-1.