March 10, 2012
SAN DIEGO - Megan Takacs and Alexa Rozelle led California past first-year program San Diego State, 18-9, by scoring a game-high five goals each on Saturday at Aztec Field. The Golden Bears improved to 3-2 (2-1 in the MPSF) after the conference clash, while the Aztecs fell to 2-3 (0-2 MPSF).
Cal likewise won its previous game - vs. Detroit Mercy on March 8 - by the score of 18-9 in San Diego.
"We definitely stressed coming out strong in the first half, making sure we didn't come out flat in the first 10 minutes of game," Cal head coach Ginger Miles said. "That was one thing that hurt us against Detroit Mercy. Today we were dominating from the first draw. We were terrific in the first half, controlling the tempo and taking care of our opportunities."
Senior midfielder Vail Horn got Cal on the scoreboard first by converting an eight-meter goal just 37 seconds into the game. After an Aztec eight-meter goal tied the game at 1-1 at 1:10, Cal scored the next three goals to take a 4-1 lead.
Meris Walsh scored the first of her five goals for SDSU with an eight-meter goal of her own at 8:53. But the Bears scored the next seven goals of the game to take a commanding 11-2 lead, with freshman Brittany Ward's strike at 18:50 capping the run.
Walsh and Cal junior midfielder Melissa Humphrey traded goals late in the first half, and Cal took a 12-3 lead into halftime.
Cal and SDSU each scored six goals in the second half, with five Bears - Takacs scoring twice and Rozelle, Humphrey, Horn and freshman Teresa Li each scoring once - tallying goals.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McGinnis made 12 saves, with junior and San Diego native Kelly McCarthy making one save in relief. The Aztecs' Sammy Slattery also made 12 saves.
"McG had a stellar game in the cage," Miles said. "She made a couple of point-blank saves in the first half and came up big for us down the stretch. We had Tori (Harrison, a senior defender) matched up with one of their key players and did a tremendous job with that.
"Offensively Megan Takacs stood out again. Alexa Rozelle had a few great opportunities. Offensively one of the things we worked on is giving an all-around team effort, and I'm really proud of way we moved the ball around today. While Takacs and Rozelle may have had a lot of goals today, it wasn't just her. A lot of people got involved today."
The Bears return to the friendly confines of Witter Rugby Field in Berkeley for their next game - a nonconference match with Boston University at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14.