Aug. 28, 2009
PORTLAND, Ore. - The No. 16 California women's soccer team lost a hard-fought nonconference game, 4-0, to No. 3 Portland on Friday evening at the Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The Golden Bears are now 1-1-0 on the young 2009 campaign while the Pilots are now 2-0-0. The game was played in front of 5,068 fans, which was the third highest attendance in Merlo Field history.
"Portland fully deserved to win tonight," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "They were better in all areas, especially in the first half."
The Pilots, who lost just two starters from last year's squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, controlled the pace of play in the first half. They got on the board just 2:20 into the game with a goal from Danielle Foxhaven.
Foxhaven followed that up with a rebound shot in the 20th minute and Portland's Michelle Olivier added a header to give UP an early 3-0 lead. The Bears finished the final 15 minutes of the half strong but headed into the locker room with a three-goal deficit.
The Bears significantly bettered their performance in the second 45 minutes, forcing the Pilot keeper Hailee DeYoung to make two saves. Cal notched three shots in the second half, compared to two in the first period.
"We improved our play in the second half and could have sneaked a goal out but squandered some good chances," McGuire said. "This is not an easy place to play, but we will benefit from this in the long run."
Senior goalie Gina Pellegrini played the full 90 minutes between the posts, making three saves. Junior forward Alex Morgan led the Bears with two shots while senior Katie Oakes, redshirt junior Lisa Kevorkian and freshman Samantha Walker each contributing one.
Next up, the Bears will put on the Annual Cal Invitational, which is in its 15th year, on Sept. 4 and 6, welcoming Saint Mary's, Texas A&M and Texas. The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals while the Longhorns made it to the second round. Saint Mary's and Texas will face off in the weekend-opening game on Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Thirty minutes following that game, Cal will play Texas A&M. On Sunday, Sept. 6, Cal will close the tournament taking on Texas at noon.