NEWS & NOTES:
- Maddie Julian made her first career start in goal, making four saves. She previously played six minutes vs. Washington State, recording two saves.
- The win snaps Cal’s six-game winless streak. Previous to this game, Cal’s last win came on Oct. 6 vs. Arizona at home in Berkeley. The Bears won 2-1.
- The goal was Celeste Boureille’s second game-winning goal of the season.
SEATTLE –Winless through six games and entering a fourth consecutive game on the road, California head coach Neil McGuire gave his team one objective for Sunday's game vs. Washington: Fight. The Bears did just that as a second half-goal from sophomore Celeste Boureille (San Francisco) and strong performance from freshman Maddie Julian (San Jose, Calif.) in her first career start in goal helped Cal to a 1-0 win over the Huskies in Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
“After three very tough road games, it was imperative we fought for one another as Washington is a very good team and was going to create many challenges for us,” McGuire said. “Tactically, we made some significant adjustments and asked the players to trust it. They did and got a well-deserved victory.”
With starting goalie senior Emily Kruger (Woodside, Calif.) still out due to a concussion, and redshirt junior Kat Messinger (Dana Point, Calif.) suspended following a red card in Friday’s game vs. Washington State, the rookie Julian came up big for the Bears with four saves. The defense rallied behind her and the offense followed suit, outshooting UW 15-10.
“I was nervous, but at the end of the day, it’s just another soccer game. I’ve played in hundreds of soccer games, and I play against the best in the league because I play against my own teammates every day in practice,” Julian said. “The team helped take the pressure off me. We played a different style than we normally do and the defense was a little more solid so it was like a wall in the back and harder to get through.”
Washington keeper Megan Kufeld registered seven saves in the full 90 minutes, including stopping three of Boureille’s shots on frame, but Boureille managed to slip a ball past her at 52:20. Sophomore Ifeoma Onumonu (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) shot a ball from near the right post and as Kufeld left the frame to save it, the ball bounced to the left, where Boureille was ready for the rebound.
The win snaps Cal’s streak of six games without a win, after the Bears posted two double overtime ties and losses to then-No. 2 UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State. The Blue and Gold improve to 10-4-5 and 3-4-3 in Pac-12 play.
Cal returns to the Bay Area for its final regular-season match at Stanford on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
“Every Cal athlete looks forward to playing against Stanford, McGuire said. “We will prepare well and go in with the mentality that winning is our only goal.”
52:20 Cal -- Boureille, Celeste (Onumonu, Ifeoma)