April 10, 2012
BERKELEY - Ten different Golden Bears scored goals - with senior midfielder Vail Horn netting a game-high five - in California's 18-4 rout of Fresno State on a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Witter Rugby Field. Junior attacker Melissa Humphrey scored a game-high six points (1 goal, 5 assists) and junior attacker Megan Takacs tacked on five points (4 goals, 1 assist) for the Bears. Cal improved its record to 7-5 (4-2 in the MPSF) after the conference match, while the Bulldogs fell to 2-8 (0-3 MPSF).
The Bears have won three straight games and four of their last five heading into their second East Coast trip of the season.
"We're continuing to try to build on the momentum of our last few wins here," Cal head coach Ginger Miles said, "and hopefully take this momentum into the conference tournament. We knew Fresno State was going to come out here even stronger than they were this fall (during preseason). They definitely moved the ball around well and were athletic, and we knew we had to be up to the challenge. I think our girls rose to that challenge today and executed the game plan for a full 60 minutes.
"Vail Horn had a breakout game. It's good to see her going to the cage with a new-found confidence today. And I thought defensively we played very well as a unit."
With her four goals today, Takacs tied the school's single-season goals record at 49, while Humphrey moved into second place on Cal's all-time single-season assist list with her 30th assist today.
The Bears and Horn in particular stormed out of the gate, taking a 2-0 lead on strikes by the Cal co-captain just 41 and 53 seconds into the match.
But after Cal scored twice in less than one minute, neither squad scored for almost the next eight minutes. Holly Cisneros scored for FSU at 8:47 to make the score 2-1.
A Humphrey eight-meter goal at 14:22 started a 7-0 run for the Bears. Cal got three goals from Takacs (at 20:20, 21:16 and 23:37) and goals by sophomore midfielder Amelia Burke (22:44), senior midfielder Emily Abbood (25:05) and junior attacker Alexa Rozelle (27:27) during that stretch to claim a commanding 9-1 lead.
The Bulldogs notched the last two goals of the half - from Lauren Natale (27:52) and Natalie Harrington (29:04) - and Cal took a 9-3 lead into halftime.
The Bears had a 20-8 shot advantage and an 8-5 advantage in draw controls in the first half.
Cal scored the first six goals of the second half to forge ahead 15-3. Sophomore midfielder Paige Gasparino struck 52 seconds into the half and at 38:05; Horn scored at 32:22, 35:23 and 41:41; and freshman midfielder Hayley Olson netted a goal at 40:14 for the Bears.
After Marcy Levatino scored FSU's last goal of the day at 48:52, Takacs scored her fourth of the game at 21:16 to make the score 16-4. Cal freshmen midfielder Michaela Bird (58:19) and freshman attacker Sasha Anielski (59:53) scored their first college goals as the Bears wrapped up the 18-4 win.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McGinnis made four saves in a little more than 56 minutes, while junior goalie Kelly McCarthy did not face a shot in three-plus minutes of work for the Bears. FSU's Katie Wilbur made nine saves, while backup Lisa Barnaba made two.
Overall, the Bears outshot the Bulldogs, 37-14, had a 17-7 advantage in draw controls and edged FSU in ground balls, 11-10.
"It was just an all-around team effort," Miles added. "It's really great to see all of our folks cheering for people like Sasha Anielski and Michaela Bird, who got their first collegiate goals. It's really exciting when we get to incorporate some of our players who don't get as much playing time in a game like this, where they can go out and shine and have their teammates cheer for them."
Cal leaves Wednesday, April 11, for the East Coast and will play at Vermont at 2 p.m. PT on Thursday, April 12, and at Boston College at 10 a.m. PT on Saturday, April 14.