Feb. 27, 2011
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Tara Arolla scored a career-high seven points to lead California to a 14-10 victory over Davidson on Sunday at Richardson Stadium. Vail Horn added four goals and Megan Takacs contributed three goals and one assist for the Golden Bears, who improved their record to 3-2 after the nonconference victory. Davidson fell to 0-4.
Cal head coach Theresa Sherry was pleased with her team's performance after a loss two days ago at Longwood.
"The No. 1 thing was finishing our opportunities, which we focused on yesterday," Sherry said. "We were shooting to score, not just put it on the cage. Right off the bat, we went up 3-0. From there we worked on consistency, instead of trading goals and giving up easy opportunities to the other team. I was very happy with our ability to fight through and finish with a win."
Takacs, a sophomore midfielder, scored twice - at 1:15 and 2:30 of the first half - during the early going. Arolla, a junior attacker, notched a goal at 1:42.
Cal never trailed in the game, though the Wildcats forged a 4-4 tie on Jenna Mugele's goal at 8:13. The Bears went on a 4-0 run - including two goals by Arolla (8:55 and 12:14), and one goal each from sophomore midfielder Melissa Humphrey (13:38) and Horn (16:29) - to claim an 8-4 lead.
Mugele, who paced Davidson with three goals, scored at 17:43 to make the score 8-5. Cal took that lead into halftime.
The Wildcats outscored Cal, 2-1, early in the second half to come within two goals of the Bears at 9-7. Horn scored the first goal of the half at 34:07.
That was the closest the host team would come to Cal the rest of the way.
The Bears scored the next three goals - with strikes by Arolla (37:59 and 38:32) and Takacs (38:10) - to take a 12-7 lead, and Cal maintained a four- or five-goal lead the remainder of the game.
Arolla scored three of her goals on free-position shots. With her scoring outburst today, she took over sole possession of the team's scoring lead with 16 points (13 goals, 3 assists) on the season. Takacs is second with 15 points (11, 4), while Horn is third with 12 points (11, 1).
"Tara was great," Sherry said. "She really showed up today, whereas on Friday she disappeared a little bit. She finished her eight-meter opportunities and was a threat for us as a feeder and goalscorer today on the attack. She really kept the whole group in check."
Cal next plays on March 11 against 2010 NCAA runner-up Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.