NEWS & NOTES:
- Emily Kruger’s 11 saves tonight are the most in her career. Her previous high of 10 came on Oct. 7, 2012 vs. Utah
- This is the first time Cal has gone unbeaten through seven games since 2000.
- This was Cal’s second overtime game this season. The first was vs. Pepperdine on Aug. 26, which resulted in another 1-1 draw in 2OT.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Facing the first ranked opponent of the season, senior goalkeeper Emily Kruger (Woodside, Calif.) tallied a career-high 11 saves to keep the No. 12/17 Golden Bears’ unbeaten record alive as Cal drew 1-1 in double overtime with No. 22/13 Santa Clara Thursday evening at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara.
“Emily had the best performance I’ve ever seen from her tonight,” said Golden Bear head coach Neil McGuire. “She produced moments of magic and kept us in the game.”
Kruger bested her previous high of 10, set on Oct. 7, 2012 vs. Utah, after withstanding a barrage of shots by the Bronco offense. Nearly half of Santa Clara’s 27 shots flew within the posts. The Golden Bears continued to improve their quality shot production, totaling 14 shots with seven on goal, and Kruger remained cool and collected into both overtime periods, making three saves in the extra periods.
Though the Broncos owned the ball for much for the first period, senior Rachel Mercik (El Dorado, Calif.) set Cal’s big result into motion with a goal near the 25-minute mark, taking a through ball from sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) to six yards out before chipping it over Bronco keeper Andi Tostanoski.
At halftime, the Bears had managed just three shots to Santa Clara’s 12, while the Broncos also led in corner kicks 4-1. When the second period started, the Blue and Gold came out with much more firepower, producing four shots within the first 10 minutes. Still, Santa Clara equalized at 75:13 with an unassisted rebound off Kruger by Sarah Jackson, sending the game into overtime.
The golden goal remained elusive for the final 20 minutes of the game, but the Golden Bears still came away pleased with the result.
“Tonight was an outstanding game between two talented teams. Credit must go to Santa Clara and Coach Smith as they were very well-prepared and provided a very stiff test,” McGuire said. “Our girls battled hard and it was a well-earned draw.”
The Golden Bears play another non-conference match this Sunday before opening Pac-12 play next week. Cal will host St. Mary’s at home in Edwards Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and JB Long on the call.
24:43 Cal -- Mercik, Rachel (Onumonu, Ifeoma)
75:13 SCU -- Jackson, Sarah (unassisted)
California 11 (Kruger, Emily 11), Santa Clara 6 (Tostanoski, Andi 6)