Sept. 14, 2012
Score: No. 15 Cal 1, Penn 0
BERKELEY - With a first-half goal from 2012 Olympian Betsy Hassett, the No. 15 California women's soccer team defeated the University of Pennsylvania 1-0 on Friday afternoon under sunny skies on the Golden Bears' home turf. Hassett scored at the 21:32 mark, and the Bears quieted the Quakers for the remainder of the game to up Cal's record to 6-2-0 while Penn drops to 2-3-0.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead into the half along with a 7-6 shot advantage. Both keepers made two early first-half saves. Cal finished the game, outshooting the Quakers 13-10. Both goalies tallied three stops apiece in their full 90 minutes between the posts.
"Today's game was two good teams playing two different styles, and I think they cancelled each other out," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "Penn came in very well prepared. They changed their system, which made it difficult for us to find our rhythm. I'm very happy that we won. The players played well."
In the 22nd minute, Ifeoma Onumonu jaunted down the field on a solo sprint and crossed the ball into Betsy Hassett at the goal mouth. Though she was flanked by two defenders, Hassett patiently waited for the perfect moment, when she sent the ball to the lower left corner for her fourth goal of the year.
"I was in the right place at the right time," Hassett said. "Ife crossed it in, the ball went through the girl's legs and landed right at my feet. I just slotted it in."
Cal is now 3-0 in the all-time series meeting with Penn. Cal ups its winning streak to four games just in time for the Bears to open Pac-12 play in a week against Arizona.
"We're in a really good place," Hassett said when asked the upcoming Pac-12 games. "We're confident and really ready to start conference play."
Next Time on the Pitch:
The Bears being Pac-12 play by hosting Arizona on Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in a Pac-12 Networks broadcast. It's a quick turnaround for the final nonconference game of the year - a Sept. 23 game at 1 p.m. at Nevada.