No. 15 Cal Scores Late Goal to Defeat No. 23 ASU, 2-1
Nov. 10, 2002
BERKELEY - It seems only fitting that two Cal seniors would connect on the game-winning goal against No. 23 Arizona State on Senior Day Sunday at Edwards Stadium.
With 14 seconds left in regulation, midfielder Carly Fuller passed the ball to midfielder Brittany Kirk, who unleashed a 22-yard blast into the upper 90 of the goal to give the 15th-ranked Golden Bears a 2-1 victory over the Sun Devils. Cal concludes the regular season 11-7-1 and in a tie with the Sun Devils for sixth place in the Pac-10 at 4-5. ASU finishes the regular season at 11-6-2 overall.
'I didn't really know how much time was left,' said Kirk, who tallied her fourth goal of the season. 'I was hoping we'd get another chance before the whistle. I saw that Carly had it, and I thought that she might hit it, but she passed it to me, and I stepped up and hit it. I was thinking please go in. I don't really think I could have handled overtime. That was a great win. It was a great way to end my career here at Goldman.'
Freshman forward Tracy Hamm put Cal up 1-0 in the 25th minute off a broken play, which started with a Fuller corner kick from the right side. Hamm shot the ball from about 20 yards, and ASU goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald got a hand on the ball but couldn't prevent it from crossing the goal line. The goal was Hamm's team-leading ninth of the year, and team-best 17th and 18th point.
Both teams had their chances in the first half with Cal holding a 10-6 edge on shots and taking a 1-0 lead into the locker room. The Sun Devils nearly tied the game before the halftime whistle, but Manya Makoski's chip shot in the 45th minute went just to the left of the goal.
In the 50th minute, Cal freshman Dania Cabello scored off a Fuller corner kick, but the goal was waved off because of a Golden Bear foul. The Bears were awarded seven corner kicks to the Sun Devils' two on the day.
The momentum shifted in ASU's favor about midway through the second half, but Cal was able to hold the Sun Devil's scoreless until the 87th minute. After ASU's Amy LePeilbet and Kelley Bond had shots blocked by Cal defenders, Stephanie Peel knocked in the equalizer from about 10 yards out.
Playing with a renewed sense of urgency, Cal held possession for most of the waning minutes leading up to Kirk's long-range go-ahead goal. Moments before Kirk's score, Cal head coach Kevin Boyd sent Kassie Doubraa to the scorer's table to check in for Kirk, but the Bears luckily never had the chance to make that substitution. While Kirk's goal was important for Cal's postseason chances, there were a few other critical goals earlier in the season Boyd hopes the NCAA selection committee doesn't forget about.
'The goals against Santa Clara and Texas A&M probably (got us in to the tournament),' said Boyd, whose team defeated the Broncos 2-1 and the Aggies 1-0 in September. '(Kirk's goal) is the one that keeps us where we want to be in the Pac-10 and gives us a little bit of cushion to make sure we're in. She was dead tired. I'm glad the ball didn't go out of bounds while I was trying to sub her.'
Cal finished the game with an 18-13 advantage on shots. Fitzgerald posted six saves for ASU, while Cal's Sani Post made four.
The 64-team NCAA field will be announced Monday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m. PT on ESPNEWS. The Bears are looking for their fifth consecutive postseason bid and 11th in school history.
'More importantly, we just needed to come in to this weekend and play well and get a little confidence,' said Boyd. 'Now, we have a couple of wins in the end and a little bit of momentum going into next Friday.'
Women's Soccer ResultASU 0 1 -- 1Cal 1 1 -- 2
Scoring SummaryCAL Hamm (unassisted) 24:40ASU Peel (unassisted) 86:07CAL Kirk (Fuller) 89:46
Shots: Cal 18 (Kirk, Schott 4), ASU 13 (LePeilbet, Makoski 3)Shots on Goal: Cal 9 (Kirk 3), ASU 7 (Bond 2).Saves: Cal 6 (Post 4, Team 2), ASU 7 (Fitzgerald 6, Team 1).CK: Cal 7, ASU 2.Fouls: Cal 14, ASU 12.Offisides: Cal 1, ASU 2.Yellow Cards: Cal Fuller (79:36), ASU none.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 11-7-1 (4-5 Pac-10), ASU 11-6-2 (4-5 Pac-10).Attendance: 268.