No. 15 Women's Soccer Falls to Washington State, 2-0

Oct. 21, 2001

BERKELEY - Cal continued to struggle during the month of October with a 2-0 shutout loss to Washington State Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.

After bolting out to an 8-1 record to start the season, the 15th-ranked Golden Bears have gone 2-3-1 since to fall to 10-4-1 overall (2-2 Pac-10). The Cougars' first Pac-10 victory of the season improved their record to 6-5 (1-2).

The Bears also lost to No. 18 Washington, 1-0, at home on Friday. The last time Cal was shut out in consecutive games was in 1996, also at the hands of the Cougars and Huskies.

Today's game was scoreless at halftime with Cal holding a 4-3 edge on shots. Cal's All-American Laura Schott played the first half but was forced to sit out the second half with concussion systems. She collided with UW goalkeeper Hope Solo in the final five minutes of Friday's game. X-rays on Schott's jaw were negative, but she sustained a mild concussion. Schott's situation was exacerbated when she was hit in the head with a ball during pre-game warm-ups.

'She tried to go for the first half,' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'She came out at halftime and said she didn't feel completely there. In talking to her during the halftime, we thought it was unsafe for her to play. We just sat her down and thought we'd get it done with the rest of our players.'

Without Schott in the second half, the Bears' offense looked flat. WSU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute when Katrina Stroh headed in Beth Childs corner kick. Mariette Boyce was also credited with an assist.

The Bears provided the Cougars with an insurance goal in the 69th minute with an own goal. Cal midfielder Ashley Valenzuela's attempt to stop Liz Duncan's cross from the right side ended up being a header to the far post past goalkeeper Mallory Moser.

'It was the second half that we went flat,' said Boyd. 'I don't know what's going on. Two games in a row with no goals? They're certainly not acting like a team in the Pac-10 part of their season that needs wins.'

Cal did outshoot WSU, 9-7, for the game.

Cal has a shot to wrap up the month on a positive note when it travels to No. 8 Stanford Sunday, Oct. 28. The Bears have won the last three meetings with the Cardinal.

Women's Soccer ResultWSU		0	2	--	2California	0	0	--	0

Scoring SummaryWSU Stroh (Childs, Boyce) 60:36WSU Own Goal (Cal's Valenzuela) 68:48

Shots: Cal 9 (Doubrava 2), WSU 7 (Rodrick 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 3 (3 players with 1), WSU 3 (3 players with 1).Saves: Cal (Moser 2), WSU (Jorgensen 3).CK: Cal 1, WSU 2.Fouls: Cal 18, WSU 27.Offsides: Cal 2, WSU 2.Yellow Cards: Cal Yokers, (62:44), Moser (85:01), WSU Sass (31:47), Morgan (36:58), Wirtz (42:42), McCutchan (74:45).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 10-4-1 (2-2 Pac-10), WSU 6-5-0 (1-2 Pac-10).Attendance: 389.

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