No. 17 Women's Soccer Falls to No. 14 Saint Mary's, 3-2 in NCAA First Round

Nov. 16, 2001

STANFORD - The 17th-ranked California women's soccer team lost to 14th-ranked Saint Mary's, 3-2, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening at Maloney Field on Stanford's campus. The Golden Bears closed out their season with a 12-7-2 overall record (4-4-1 Pac-10), while the Gaels improved to 15-2-2 (5-2 WCC) and face the winner of the Stanford-Denver game.

'I told our team after the game that I thought we played hard,' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'We just didn't have that good of a game. I thought they had a good game. The areas we discussed that would become a factor come playoff time are that you have to play hard, you have to show up and have a good game and have some luck. I think the luck fell in their favor. That just happens. But, I also think they're very good.'

This year marked Cal's 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament and fourth straight, but the Bears record drops to 7-11 overall in the postseason. The Bears haven't won an NCAA game since a 2-1 overtime quarterfinals victory over Colorado College in 1988.

Cal controlled the tempo for most of the first half and held a 4-1 advantage in shots until Saint Mary's found its offensive touch. Three of those first four shots for Cal were on goal and all four were quality opportunities.

The Gaels scored first in the 40th minute when Katie Frattone took a pass from Lucianne Crenshaw and blasted a shot past Cal goalkeeper Mallory Moser, who played despite suffering a sprained shoulder earlier in the week.

SMC took the 1-0 lead into the half and extended its lead to 2-0 with Frattone's second goal of the evening in the 47th minute.

'The first half, I thought we had three very good chance, and they had one,' said Boyd. 'In the second half, they got a second goal off of nothing. The girl was falling over and hit a ball that happened to drop into the upper corner. Great for them. I'd like that goal as well. '

The Bears battled back with a text-book goal in the 51st minute. Defender Kim Stocklmeir threw the ball in to forward Kacy Hornor, who headed the ball to midfielder Brittany Kirk. Kirk quickly drilled a shot into the back of the net past goalkeeper Ruth Montgomery. The goal was Cal's first in the postseason since 1998.

Cal played with renewed determination until the Gaels wove their way threw the Bears' backline and went up 3-1 on a goal from Crenshaw.

With under 15 minutes remaining in the game, Cal threw numbers forward by switching from four to three defenders in the back. Cal played hard and never game up. Kirk tallied her second goal of the game and fourth of the year with three ticks on the clock. Stocklmeir freed Kirk with a pass behind the defense, and Kirk finished the one-v-one opportunity.

'We didn't seem to be getting a lot of chances, and we talked about any half chance we got to try to crack it,' said Kirk. 'I thought we fought hard until the end, so I thought it was appropriate we got one in the last couple of seconds.'

Saint Mary's outshot Cal, 10-8, to post its second victory over the Bears this year. Oct. 5, SMC defeated Cal, 1-0, in overtime at Edwards Stadium. Kirk led the Bears with five shots.

'I think not winning a playoff game the last three years has been very frustrating,' said Cal All-American Laura Schott. 'Every year we've had a tough draw, but every year we've had a strong enough team to also get a win. It hasn't happened yet, but hopefully it will next year. We have the majority of our squad coming back. I try to look at it in a positive way.'

The Bears return nine of their 11 starters next season, losing only forward Kyla Sabo and defender Ashley Mueller to graduation.

Women's Soccer ResultMaloney Field

Saint Mary's 1 2 -- 3Cal 0 2 -- 2

Scoring SummarySMC Frattone (Crenshaw) 39:05SMC Frattone (Barbera) 46:21Cal Kirk (Stocklmeir, Hornor)50:36SMC Crenshaw (Frattone) 62:11Cal Kirk (Stocklmeir) 89:57

Shots: Cal 8 (Kirk 5), SMC 10 (three players with 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 5 (Kirk 4), SMC 4 (Frattone 2).Saves: Cal (Moser 1), SMC (Montgomery 3).Fouls: Cal 14, SMC 9.CK: Cal 2, SMC 4.Offsides: Cal 4, SMC 1.Yellow Cards: Cal (Team 84:29), SMC none.Red Cards: Cal (Team 90:00).Records: Cal 12-7-2 (4-4-1 Pac-10), SMC 15-2-2 (5-2 WCC).Attendance: 624.

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