SAN FRANCISCO – No. 21/13 California’s depth was in display Friday evening as the Golden Bears cruised past the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds with a 3-0 shutout at the University of San Francisco Tournament. Cal (3-0) used goals from three different Bears, outshooting the Blackbirds 15-5 with eight shots on goal.
For the third time in just as many games, the Bears drew a penalty kick, allowing Taylor Comeau to score her first goal of the season as the Bears took the lead and never looked back. It was the second consecutive game in which Cal won on a penalty kick after the Bears upset then-No. 10/20 Santa Clara in overtime last Sunday.
Cal continues play at the University of San Francisco Tournament on Sunday against Portland State. Game time is set for noon at Negoesco Stadium.
HEAD COACH NEIL MCGUIRE’S TAKE
We’re happy with the victory and we’re happy with the shutout. I think our overall sharpness could have been better. It was positive that we were able to get a lot of people who were deserving of minutes a lot of time, and it was a good team win.
They worked really hard. The people that came off the bench against Santa Clara and then started the game tonight did well. It’s difficult to find rhythm when you haven’t had the opportunity to be on the field all at once, but I felt like as the game wore on we found our rhythm. We just have to do it sooner. We have to piece 90 minutes together as opposed to 10 or 15 minutes at a time.
GOLDEN BEAR GOALS
31’ – Taylor Comeau – penalty kick
67’ – Kelly Fitzgerald (unassisted) – off a deflection at the top of the box
Fitzgerald says: The ball got driven down the right side and crossed into the box. There was a deflection, and I was at the top of the box. I saw the shooting lane and I hit it with a rocket shot.
Leer says: My goal started when Witty (Samantha Witteman) found Taylor on the wide side on the right. I was on the left side as the left forward and I just saw Taylor take a touch. I saw the defender in front of me and nobody else around me. I don’t think she really knew I was behind her and I just put my hand up and said “Taylor, ball.” She sent the most perfect ball ever to my head and made it really easy to find the far post and head it back where it came from. It was a great ball from Taylor.
NEWS & NOTES
- This was the first meeting between Cal and LIU Brooklyn in program history.
- Kelly Fitzgerald scored the first goal of her collegiate career. Grace Leer and Taylor Comeau scored their first goals of the season.
- In their first three games, the Bears have already drawn three penalty kicks. In 2013, Cal drew three penalty kicks for the season.
- This is Cal’s first shutout of the season.
- Maddie Julian, Karly Graf and Celeste Martore played their first minutes of the season.
- Melissa Lewis, Isabel Damiani, Bryce Watts and Lynsey Hromatko made their Golden Bear debuts.
Friday’s win was a total team effort for the Bears, who notched shots from 8 different players and outshot LIU Brooklyn 15-5. Eight of Cal’s 15 shots were on goal.
The University of San Francisco Tournament continues Sunday with the Bears battling Portland State beginning at noon in Negoesco Stadium.