Nov. 4, 2012
Score: No. 13 Cal, No. 1 Stanford
BERKELEY - In its regular-season home finale, the No. 13 California women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to No. 1 Stanford. A season-high 3,790 screaming fans turned out to watch two of the best teams in the Pac-12 battle on a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.
"Let's credit Stanford for they played a fantastic game today and they truly are a worthy opponent," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "I thought our team was outstanding from maybe 10 minutes into the game. After the first 10 minutes, I thought it was a very even game. In the last 25 minutes, we probably did enough to get an equalizer. We'll learn from this. We're looking forward to NCAA play and we're very motivated."
The Cardinal got on the board just 3:20 into the game, when Chioma Ubogagu connected with Courtney Verloo for Verloo's seventh goal of the year.
"We came out and gave them too much space," McGuire said. "As a result, they scored a very nice goal."
Grace Leer had a good look towards the end of the second half and Ifeoma Onumonu had two back-to-back almost goals in the second half. The Bears looked to capitalize on series of three corners, but Rachel Mercik's header was a near miss.
Stanford posted a 10-3 shot ratio in the first half, but the Bears and Cardinal both tallied five shots in the second half.
The Cardinal offense made Cal keeper Emily Kruger work for the junior goalie posted five first-half saves and six overall.
Prior to the game, the Bears honored the work in the classroom and on the pitch of the team's five graduating student-athletes. Accompanied by family members, Lauren Battung, Amanda Glass, Betsy Hassett, Lauren Hein and Samantha Walker all enjoyed a pre-game ceremony.
With its perfect Pac-12 record in hand, Stanford receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the conference.
The Bears await their postseason fate, which will be announced Monday on the NCAA Selection Show. Be sure to follow the Bears on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know which team and where the Bears will be playing.