BERKELEY, Calif. – When Lorin Hom started her first collegiate game last year at Oregon, Cal women’s soccer head coach Neil McGuire considered it a very special moment given the senior midfielder’s three ACL tears and seven surgeries. Tonight, Hom continued to make McGuire proud by scoring her first-ever collegiate goal, and the first goal of the Golden Bears’ season, to help lead the Bears to a 3-1 victory over San Francisco on Goldman Field.
Cal’s returners proved the Bears remain in strong shape despite losing 10 starters from 2013 to graduation, as sophomore Arielle Ship and junior Ifeoma Onumonu scored the remaining two Cal goals. Six Golden Bear newcomers also saw action in Friday’s game, including freshman goalkeeper Emily Boyd who earned her first win with one save.
“I think we did really well,” Onumonu said. “There’s definitely some key points that we need to work on, but definitely fixable. We played really well, especially with the young players. I’m happy with the win.”
Cal continues opening weekend Sunday at No. 10/20 Santa Clara beginning at 1 p.m. in Buck Shaw Stadium.
HEAD COACH NEIL MCGUIRE’S TAKE
McGuire says: First of all, credit to San Francisco. Jim has done a great job with that team. They’re well-organized, they’re hard-working and they know exactly where they should be at all times, and they made it very difficult for us. I thought over the course of the 90 minutes that we were the deserving victors, but the game was in the balance for a while there and San Francisco could have easily come away with something:
Hom says: “I saw Cel B. posted up and the left side was open, so I rolled underneath and shot into the far corner.”
64’ – Arielle Ship (unassisted) – straight shot from the center outside the box
Ship says: “I got the ball and I faced up. I saw the defenders in hindsight. I drew the first defender, did a scissors and faked left and pushed the ball right. No one was really stepping to me, so I knew I had the shot and went for it.”
Onumonu says: The goal was a good assist by Cel. B with the first pass from Taylor, then to Cel B. and then to me. It was simple with the things that we work on in practice – passing, small passes and an easy touch in.
SAN FRANCISCO’S GOAL
58’ – Amanda Whittle (unassisted) – from the top of the box to the lower left
NEWS & NOTES
Cal is now 26-6-1 in season openers since the program began in 1982. The Bears also opened last season with a 3-1 win.
Starting forward Arielle Ship came out strong to prove the Golden Bears’ offense is just as potent as ever. Ship played the most minutes of any freshman in 2013 (206) but was limited by injury, and now she has started her sophomore season with success. The sophomore forward tallied four shots and one assist, including the game-winning goal at the 64th minute.
The Golden Bears head south to perennial Bay Area rival No. 10/20 Santa Clara, the site where the 2013 season ended in a 2-1 loss in the NCAA Tournament. Cal's rematch with the Broncos begins Sunday at 1 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.
ON THE BOX SCORE
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 46:33 CAL HOM,LORIN (1) (SHIP,ARIELLE;BOUREILLE,CELESTE) - low shot to the right corner 2. 57:31 USF WHITTLE, Amanda (1) (unassisted) - shot unassisted from the top of the box to the lower left 3. 63:24 CAL SHIP,ARIELLE (1) (unassisted) - shot from outside the area 4. 78:44 CAL ONUMONU,IFEOMA (1) (COMEAU,TAYLOR;BOUREILLE,CELESTE) - pass from the middle out wide and tapped into an empty net
Shots: USF 3, CAL 18 Saves: USF 3 (SCHIFFEL, Madalyn 3), CAL 1 (BOYD,EMILY 1)