No. 17 Cal Falls To No. 1 Stanford, 2-1
Nov. 2, 2002
BERKELEY - No. 17 California couldn't protect an early 1-0 lead, as the Golden Bears fell to No. 1 Stanford, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Bears continued to struggle in conference play, dropping to 9-7-1 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal improved to 16-1 and remained atop the Pac-10 at 7-0.
'I thought we played well as a whole,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'We have a trend where we've been inconsistent in the back and given up soft goals. We played a dead-even game against the No. 1 team in the country.'
Senior forward Laura Schott propelled Cal to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the second minute. The All-American collected a pass in stride from senior midfielder Brittany Kirk and directed it with her knee over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. This was only the fourth goal and the first in Pac-10 play that Stanford has surrendered all season and ended its string of seven consecutive shutout victories.
The goal, which was Schott's third of the season and 52nd of her career, places her three shy of tying U.S. national team and San Diego Spirit player Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett for the Cal career record of 55 goals. Schott has nine points for the season and 119 for her career, 14 points from Fawcett's point record of 133. While Schott is second at Cal for career goals and points, Kirk moved into sole possession of third for careers assists with her 19th (second of the season) today. Fawcett also holds the assists mark of 23.
The Cardinal couldn't muster a shot for the first 21 minutes of the game, but its first shot resulted in the first of two goals from senior forward Marcia Wallis at 21:30. Wallis deposited a two-yard near post poke after a series of Stanford passes after its own corner kick.
In the 33rd minute, Wallis tallied her eighth goal of the season on a one-on-one opportunity. Cal goalkeeper Sani Post saved Wallis' first two shot attempts on the play but couldn't come up with the critical third save.
Cal had two solid opportunities to tie the score in the final 13 minutes of the contest. The first came in the 77th minute when forward/midfielder Tracy Hamm drilled a 25-yard shot just over the cross bar. With about five minutes to play, freshman defender Sierra Garthwaite hit a 15-yard shot just over the top of the goal.
For the game, Stanford held a 12-9 advantage in shots, with eight of the Cardinal's attempts coming from Wallis. Hamm paced Cal with three shots.
Cal wraps up the regular season with a critical home weekend against Arizona and Arizona State. The Bears first face the Wildcats Friday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. and then the Sun Devils Sunday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m.
Women's Soccer ResultStanford 2 0 -- 2Cal 1 0 -- 1
Scoring SummaryCAL Schott (Kirk) 1:42STAN Wallis (Carlson, Spilger) 21:30STAN Wallis (unassisted) 32:54
Shots: Cal 9 (Hamm 3), Stanford 12 (Wallis 8).Shots on Goal: Cal 4 (4 different players), Stanford 7 (Wallis 6).Saves: Cal 5 (Post 4, Team 1), Stanford 3 (Barnhart 3).CK: Cal 2, Stanford 5.Fouls: Cal 22, Stanford 19.Offisides: Cal 2, Stanford 4.Yellow Cards: Cal none, Stanford Hunt (71:30), Withers (73:27).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 9-7-1 (2-5 Pac-10), Stanford 16-1 (7-0 Pac-10).Attendance: 779.
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