No. 13 Cal Battles No. 1 Stanford to 1-0 OT Loss in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 17, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 13 California gave No. 1 Stanford all it could handle in the second round of the NCAA College Cup before being knocked out of the tournament after allowing a golden goal in the 95th minute Sunday at Maloney Field.
'I thought it was a great game,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'I don't think there was a lot of flow to the play. It was two rivals in the second round of the playoffs that are a good match-up. Stanford is a very good team. There's no question about that. There's a reason they're No. 1. I thought we did a great job of taking their game away, not letting them play and not letting them knock the ball around. I couldn't be happier with our team. We showed our heart and played as hard as we could play. It turned into a great match, and we almost had the big upset.'
The Golden Bears end the season with a 12-8-1 record (4-5 Pac-10), while the Cardinal improves to 20-1 (9-0 Pac-10) and advances to play Notre Dame in the third round of the NCAA Tournament next Saturday.
In the fifth minute of overtime, Stanford midfielder Allyson Marquand fired the game-winning goal into the upper corner of the goal from eight yards out. Forward Marcia Wallis sent a cross from the right side into the Cal penalty box, and forward Marcie Ward flicked the ball on to Marquand for the game's only goal.
Cal showcased a stifling defense behind junior goalkeeper Sani Post, who recorded a career-high nine saves. In the first 15 minutes of the game, Post made several of her saves and defenders Amy Willison and Ashley Valenzuela cleared two balls off the goal line.
The Bears were able to maintain their defensive presence despite losing their best defender, Lucy Brining, in the 68th minute with a broken nose. Stanford's goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart went up to clear Carly Fuller's service into the box and punched the ball and Brining, who was forced to miss the rest of the contest. Sophomore Alea Kerch did a solid job in Brining's absence.
'I think our team is one of the best if not the best pressing teams out there,' said Boyd. 'Our defensive pressure is excellent as a team, and I felt that all year long. The last couple of games that's been coming out clear. Stanford, which is so talented and athletic and fast , we didn't let them play the ball. We didn't let them knock it around, and that's a tribute to how well we press them.'
Stanford outshot Cal 20-6 overall and had the best chance in regulation. In the 82nd minute, Wallis hit a shot off the right post which ricocheted harmlessly back across the goal mouth. One minute earlier, Cal All-American Laura Schott had a good opportunity to score off a Fuller free kick, but her header went just wide of the goal. Schott finishes her Cal career with 128 career points, including a school record 56 goals, the record-breaking one coming in Cal's 2-0 NCAA First Round win over Denver on Friday.
The Bears' best chance to score was in the 49th minute when speedy freshman forward Tracy Hamm drilled a shot from the left side, which hit the top of the goal.
Cal loses six seniors from this year's team - Schott, Fuller, Brittany Kirk, Krysti Whalen, Rachael Gross and Lee Ann Morton - which qualified for its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament and 11th overall.
NCAA Women's Soccer Second Round ResultCal 0 0 0 -- 0Stanford 0 0 1 -- 1
Scoring SummaryStanford Marquand (Wallis, Ward) 94:01
Shots: Cal 6 (Fuller 2), Stanford 20 (Withers 9).Shots on Goal: Cal 4 (Fuller 2), Stanford 10 (Withers 4).Saves: Cal 9 (Post 9), Stanford 4 (Barnhart 4).CK: Cal 1, Stanford 7.Fouls: Cal 16, Stanford 18.Offisides: Cal 0, Stanford 0.Yellow Cards: Cal Whalen (88:39), Stanford Team (66:57).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 12-8-1 (4-5 Pac-10), Stanford 20-1 (9-0 Pac-10).Attendance: 1769.
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