Oct. 13, 2011
Friday, Oct. 14
BERKELEY - The No. 18 California women's soccer team travels to Tucson, Ariz. to meet Arizona for a 7 p.m. match on Friday at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium. The Golden Bears, who earned a tie with No. 2 UCLA and posted a 2-0 victory over USC last weekend, are 9-3-2 overall with a 2-1-2 mark in the Pac-12 Conference. They come into the weekend sixth in the league standings with eight total points. Arizona owns a record of 1-10-2 overall and 1-3-1 in the conference, good for ninth place.
Cal in the National Rankings
Bears Getting Offensive
Kruger Solid Between the Posts
McGuire Climbs Victory Chart
With nine victories this season head coach Neil McGuire now has 54 career wins in his fifth season with the Golden Bears. McGuire's last win against USC last Sunday moved him past Andy Bonchonsky (1991-96) and into third place on the school's all-time coaching victories list. He owns a 54-32-10 career record at Cal.
Winning Streak Ends at Eight
Leading Scorer Lost for Season
Last Week on the Pitch
The Golden Bears snapped the Bruins seven-game winning streak and held them without a goal for the first time all season in last Friday's contest.
Despite the absence of a goal by either team, action was intense throughout. UCLA held a 16-15 edge in shots, including four in each overtime period. Defender's Danielle Brunache and Emi Lawson played a key role in keeping the Bruins off the scoreboard throughout the match. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Kruger posted four saves for the third-straight match en route to her third shutout of the season.
The Bears were on the attack early with an 8-1 advantage in shots after the first period.
Four minutes into the second half, Cal freshman Taylor Comeau sliced through the defense and fired a shot from the top of the box that nearly snuck past a diving UCLA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. The ball bounced off the goalie and danced on the goal line before being corralled by Rowland.
With one minute remaining in regulation, Cal was on the attack again. Betsy Hassett fed Lauren Battung and the junior worked past the defense to get some free space, but her shot was just wide of the near post.
The scoreless draw ended the Bears' six-match losing streak the Bruins. It was the first tie between the two schools in the 18-match all-time series.
Comeau and sophomore Rachel Mercik each scored for Cal en route to a 2-0 shutout victory over USC last Sunday.
Less than three minutes into the second period, Cal capitalized on a corner kick opportunity for its first goal. Sophomore Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick served the ball into the box right to Mercik, who headed it in for the score at the 47:40 mark.
The Bears benefited off a corner kick once again to extend their lead to a pair of goals a little over 10 minutes later. Thelma Bjork Einarsdottir served the ball into the box where a crowd bounced it around. It was eventually ricocheted out to a waiting Comeau, who drilled a shot from 25 yards out right into the back of the net for her first career goal.
Kruger had another strong game between the posts with a pair of saves. California out-shot USC, 17-10, as Hassett led the way with four and Mercik was right behind with three.
It was the Bears' first victory over the Trojans since 2005, snapping a four-match losing streak. The schools posted a scoreless tie during the 2006 season.
Next Week on the Pitch Cal will play its final two regular-season games at Edwards Stadium in 2011 when the Bears host Colorado next Friday (Oct. 21) at 3 p.m. and Utah next Sunday (Oct. 23) at 1 p.m.
A Look at Arizona
Last Meeting Against Arizona
After 90 complete minutes, the squads traded shots in the overtime period. Arizona had two, both of which went wide left. Katie Suits and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick both had shots that UA keeper Ashley Jett saved, and one from Genessee Daughetee that went wide left. At 99:20, Shannon Heinzler took a direct shot on goal from outside the box for her first goal of the season and the first goal of the game.
The Wildcats narrowly outshot the Bears at 13-12. Arizona also held the corner kick advantage, 6-3. A total of 27 fouls were called altogether.
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