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.
Kelly Fitzgerald notched her first goal of her collegiate career to add an insurance goal, and Grace Leer continued the streak with a header to the right side of the net.
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.
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.