No. 22 Cal Drops Regular Season Finale to No. 3 Stanford, 3-2

No. 22 Cal Drops Regular Season Finale to No. 3 Stanford, 3-2

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BERKELEY, Calif. --   Celeste Boureille turned in a career-high two-goal performance, but it wasn't enough for No. 22 Cal to top third-ranked Stanford as the Cardinal slipped past the Golden Bears, 3-2, Thursday afternoon on Goldman Field. Cal completes the regular season with a 13-5-2 overall record and 5-4-2 Pac-12 record.

Cal ripped the game wide open early with Boureille's first goal coming less than four minutes into the game. Kory Lamet took the ball a few steps up the left side of the field before sending it to Boureille, who boosted it into the far right corner.

Stanford equalized quickly, using a header from Taylor Uhl to serve it to Alex Doll at the middle of the box, and Doll found net.

The Bears held on through the first half, keeping a 1-1 score on the board as they headed into the locker room. Stanford held a slight edge over Cal through the first 45, outshooting the Bears 6-4 with a 2-1 corner kick advantage. Both Cal goalie Emily Boyd and Stanford counterpart Jane Campbell notched two saves in the first half.

The Cardinal started overpowering the Bears in the second half, vastly minimizing Cal's chances at goal in the final 45 minutes. The Bears had just one shot in 35 minutes. Stanford, meanwhile, notched eight shots, eventually finding net at 58:51 when Lo'eau LaBonta connected with Taylor Uhl, who was waiting next to the right post to tap the ball in.

Less than two minutes later, Stanford drew a foul in the box and earned a penalty kick, which LaBonta successfully converted.

Down 3-1, Cal rallied back and created several scoring chances before finally capitalizing with Boureille's second scored of the night. Indigo Gibson kicked a ball from right field nearly 20 yards out, serving it to Boureille, who flicked it in with her head.

Unfortunately, the Bears couldn't come up with a game-tying goal and Stanford finished the second half with a 13-5 edge in shots, and a 19-9 shot advantage overall. Six of Cal's nine shots on the evening were on frame, while Stanford managed to put six shots between the posts. Boyd finished with three saves, and Campbell earned four.

Cal also honored six seniors – Taylor Comeau, Thelma Einarsdottir, Lorin Hom, Lamet, Grace Leer and Sandra Ley – for Senior Day. The group helped Cal to one of the winningest records of any senior class with a 52-22-11 record in the past four seasons.

The Golden Bears await the announcement of the 64-team NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament field, which will be revealed Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. PT. First round action will take place between Nov. 14-16. Stay tuned to CalBears.com to find out where Cal is headed, and be sure to follow Cal on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for a behind-the-scenes look at the selection show and beyond.

HEAD COACH NEIL MCGUIRE'S TAKE

McGuire says: I thought our team responded tremendously well to playing against an outstanding opponent in Stanford. They are a fantastic team, well-coached by Coach Ratcliffe. To score the first goal was exciting. To give up one almost on the back of that was a little disappointing, but I think the players reacted well to make it 1-1 at halftime. We gave up two disappointing goals to go 3-1 down, but we responded very well. We scored a great goal to put us at 3-2 and we had opportunities to tie it up. This is a learning opportunity for us. We have the NCAA Tournament coming forward and we're excited about what lies ahead.

GOLDEN BEAR GOALS

4' – Celeste Boureille (assisted by Kory Lamet) – passed from left side into far right corner

Boureille says: The first goal was a great ball by Kory Lamet. It got on my left foot and I shot it into the far right corner.

88' – Celeste Boureille (assisted by Indigo Gibson) – Gibson passed from right side of field and Boureille headed it into the left of the net

Boureille says: Indigo always sends that great ball in and I just flicked it in with my head to the bottom corner.

STANFORD GOALS

6' – Alex Doll (assisted by Taylor Uhl) – Uhl headed the ball to the center of the box and Doll chipped it in

59' – Taylor Uhl (assisted by Lo'eau LaBonta) – With Uhl waiting at right post, LaBonta passed it to her

61' – Lo'eau LaBonta – Penalty Kick

NEWS & NOTES

  • Cal is 13-5-2 overall and 5-4-2 in Pac-12 play.
  • Celeste Boureille scored a career-high two goals in a game. She has five goals this season.
  • Indigo Gibson tallied her fourth assist of the season, and Kory Lamet notched her second.
  • Emily Boyd is 12-5-2 in goal.
  • This was the first time a Cal opponent earned a penalty kick all season.
  • The Bears are hoping to earn their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, which will be announced Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT.

NEXT UP

Cal awaits selection to the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. The 64-team field will be announced Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT on NCAA.com.

ON THE BOX SCORE

SCORING SUMMARY:

  1.   3:36 CAL BOUREILLE,CELESTE (4) (LAMET,KORY) -  From left side into back right corner

  2.   5:34 STAN Doll, Alex (3) (Uhl, Taylor) - 27 headed to center of box, 24 chipped in

  3.  58:51 STAN Uhl, Taylor (7) (LaBonta, Lo'eau) - 27 pass to 21 waiting at right post, tapped to back right of net

  4.  60:40 STAN LaBonta, Lo'eau (11) Penalty kick

  5.  87:55 CAL BOUREILLE,CELESTE (5) (GIBSON,INDIGO) -  2 pass from right side, 13 header to le

 Shots: Stanford 19, California 9

 Saves: Stanford 4 (Campbell, Jane 4), California 3 (BOYD,EMILY 3)

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