No. 10 Cal Ties No. 25 Princeton 1-1 in Double OT
Sept. 21, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 10 California remained unbeaten with a 1-1 double overtime tie against No. 25 Princeton Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium where the temperature soared into the high 90s. The Golden Bears embark on a six-game road trip over the next three weeks with a 3-0-3 record, while Princeton stands at 4-0-1.
'We were a little flat coming out of halftime for some reason,' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'We dominated from then on out. In the overtime, neither team had legs, and both teams had chances.'
Princeton had control of the first half and the first minute of the second half, but after that, the momentum and the shot advantage was in Cal's favor. The Tigers outshot the Bears 6-4 in a scoreless first half.
Less than a minute into the second stanza, the Tigers capitalized on a counter attack. Emily Behncke found Esmeralda Negron streaking down the right flank, and Negron fired the ball into the upper-left corner of the net for her team-best fifth goal of 2003.
Senior midfielder Kimberly Yokers posted the equalizer for Cal in the 60th minute. Princeton's Janine Willis knocked Yokers to the ground inside the penalty box, and the referee blew his whistle and pointed to the spot. After taking a minute or two to shake off the hit, Yokers successfully converted the penalty kick for her first goal of the season.
'We put extreme demands on Yokers,' said Boyd. 'She's expected to get endline to endline, sideline to sideline, and she does it. Her endurance and her toughness are spectacular.'
Each team had opportunities to go ahead over the final 50 minutes, with the Bears holding a 21-13 advantage on shots for the game. In overtime, Cal outshot Princeton 6-2, but Bears freshman goalkeeper Anna Key had to deliver a leaping save of Maura Gallagher's long-range shot in the final minute of the second overtime. All told, Key grabbed a season-high six saves in her second consecutive start.
'Anna was very consistent,' said Boyd. 'That's what we're asking from her. She got thrown in on Friday based on (Ashley Sulprizio's) broken thumb (in warm-ups), and she didn't have time to think about. She had to just go. She did a great job. '
Cal's three freshmen forwards - Alivia Mazura, Bri Wiles and Katie Ratican - played well and earned substantial playing time off the bench. The trio, which took seven of the team's shots, played the first 31 minutes of the second half, helping the Bears mount many dangerous runs.
'They were absolutely terrific,' said Boyd. 'They stepped in, in the second half, and changed the game for us.'
Up next for the Bears is the Colorado College Tournament Sept. 26 and 28. Cal opens the tournament against Wake Forest on Friday at noon PT, before facing host Colorado College on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT
Women's Soccer ResultPrinceton 0 1 0 0 -- 1California 0 1 0 0 -- 1
Scoring SummaryPrinceton Esmeralda Negron (Behncke) 45:39Cal Kimberly Yokers (unassisted) 59:35
Shots: Cal: 21 (four players with 3), Princeton: 13 (Negron, Gallagher 3).Shots on Goal: Cal : 9 (Yokers 3), Princeton: 7 (Gallagher 3).Saves: Cal: 6 (Key 6), Princeton 8 (Jackson 1, Vogelzang 6, Team 1).CK: Cal: 9, Princeton: 5.Fouls: Cal: 5, Princeton: 11.Offsides: Cal: 3, Princeton: 3.Yellow Cards: None.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal: 3-0-3, Princeton: 4-0-1.Attendance: 283