Cal Holds On to Beat Fresno State, 1-0
Oct. 24, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - Cal won a crucial game in Pac-10 play today over Fresno State, 1-0. The win moves Cal to 7-6-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the Pac-10, while Fresno State fell to 4-10-0 and 1-5-0 in conference play.
The Golden Bears came out characteristically sluggish against the Bulldogs. They were able to settle their nerves when Nick Hatzke delivered an early goal in the eighth minute. Hatzke took a cross from Yohei Fukuda and found himself in space on the left side of the penalty box. He trapped the ball and sent his first goal of the season past Fresno State goalkeeper Eric Kronberg.
After the goal, which was Cal's first shot of the game, the Bears played with more confidence and generated numerous scoring chances. The game was up and down though, and both teams had their chances.
The Bears came out the second half again in a lackadaisical fashion. Thankfully, goalkeeper Mike Oseguera was there time and time again to make every key save - he had six on the game. Garrett Terracciano played an attacking role, creating chances for his teammates and himself. He and Mike Munoz both had two shots on goal.
With Fresno State pressing late in the game, Cal had a chance to seal it when Carl Acosta broke free into space. He could not find the touch to beat one defender though and set up a one-on-one with the goalie. Cal possession in the second half was not nearly as great as in the first session.
When it seemed most of the play was going the Bulldogs way, substitute Rupert Crump made an ill-advised challenge on Ryan Swiontek. The referee served him with a red card without hesitation and Cal was playing a man up.
The Bears then kept possession with the advantage, but were relieved when the final whistle blew. Head coach Kevin Grimes realizes his team could have played better.
'This certainly wasn't our best day,' said Grimes. 'We just went out and got a result. Fresno State outplayed us in the second half. Early in the season, this is a game we might have lost when we weren't as mentally sharp.'
Cal can not afford to play anything but its best game when No. 1 UCLA comes to town on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Men's Soccer from Edwards StadiumFresno State 0 0 -- 0California 1 0 -- 1
Scoring SummaryCAL Hatzke (Fukuda) 7:40