No. 7 Cal Edges No. 3 Santa Clara, 2-1
Sept. 13, 2002
BERKELEY - Senior midfielder Brittany Kirk tallied a goal and an assist as No. 7 California edged No. 3 Santa Clara, 2-1, Friday evening at Edwards Stadium.
'I thought we played very well the first half,' said coach Kevin Boyd, who improved his Cal record to 70-33-5 with the win. 'The second half, we got really sloppy. I don't think we did the things tactically and strategically that we needed to do in the second half. I think we strayed from the game plan a little bit. So, even though we got the win, the second half I wasn't as happy with.'
This is the second-straight year that the Golden Bears (4-1, 0-0 Pac-10) have defeated the Broncos (2-2, 0-0 WCC). Last year at Santa Clara, Cal also posted a 2-1 decision, but it had the advantage of having its All-American forward Laura Schott score the game-winning goal. Against Santa Clara this year, Schott missed her fourth game of the year and her third due to an MCL sprain.
Today's game also marked Cal's second-consecutive victory over the No. 3 team in the country, as it defeated Texas A&M, 1-0, last Sunday.
'A big factor is that our team is working and winning as a team,' said Boyd. 'Everybody knows that there is no savior out there that's going to win the game for them. Every player knows that they have to work to contribute and to help us win. That's why we're doing well and staying in games.'
Kirk put Cal on the scoreboard first in the 23rd minute with a 20-yard chip shot over the head of SCU goalkeeper Erin Pearson. Freshman forward Dania Cabello was credited with the assist on Kirk's first goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, Kirk fired a shot from about 30 yards, which went off the cross bar, and freshman forward Tracy Hamm deposited the rebound in the back of the net. The goal was Hamm's third of the season and her second game-winning one.
While Cal played better than Santa Clara in the first half en route to a 2-0 halftime edge, Santa Clara had more of the possession in the second half, creating many dangerous opportunities on crosses but only two on shots. Senior midfielder Aly Wagner cut the Bears' advantage to 2-1 by scoring off a free kick from 19-yards out in the 55th minute.
Later in the second half, SCU's Chardonnay Poole got off a diving header in Cal's penalty box, but a Bear defender came up with the save. The Bears relied on counter attacks in the second half and were able to get off three shots to the Broncos' four. Cal reserve forward Krysti Whalen forced Pearson into her second save of the game with a shot in the 69th minute.
Overall, Cal outshot SCU, 10-9, and held a 4-2 edge for shots on goal.
Cal looks to avenge two losses - including a 3-2 setback in the first round of NCAAs - to Saint Mary's last year when the Bears battle the Gaels Sunday at noon in Moraga.
Women's Soccer ResultNo. 3 Santa Clara 0 1 -- 1No.7 California 2 0 -- 2
CAL Kirk (Cabello) 22:30CAL Hamm (Kirk) 24:18SCU Wagner (unassisted) 54:15
Shots: Cal 10 (Cabello 3), SCU 9 (Wagner 4).Shots on Goal: Cal 4 (Cabello, Hamm, Kirk, Whalen 1), SCU 2 (Wagner, Poole 1).Saves: Cal 1 (Post 0, Team Save 1), SCU 2 (Pearson 2) .CK: Cal 1, SCU 3.Fouls: Cal 11, SCU 12.Offsides: Cal 0, SCU 0.Yellow Cards: Cal none, SCU Candau (76:28).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 4-1 (0-0 Pac-10), SCU 2-2 (0-0 WCC).Attendance: 729
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