No. 13 Cal Downs Fresno State, 4-0
Sept. 24, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior forward Liz Eisenberg scored two goals to lead No. 13 California to a 4-0 shutout of Fresno State Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 6-1-1 and extended their unbeaten streak to six games, while the Bulldogs fell to 3-4-1 and saw an end to their three-game winning streak.
Eisenberg improved her team points and goals lead to 16 and seven, respectively, with her performance today. The San Rafael, Calif., product gave Cal a 1-0 halftime lead with a goal in the 17th minute. The Bears countered quickly, beginning with a long pass from Tracy Hamm to Stephanie Wieger. Wieger then fed Lindsay Clute who found Eisenberg open in front of the net for a four-yard shot to the upper center of the goal.
In the 60th minute, Wieger - who was making her second start of the season - passed the ball to a streaking Eisenberg for a near-post goal and a 2-0 Cal lead. Eisenberg wasn't given much time to possibly post her second hat trick of the season, as she was subbed out for the rest of the contest in the 64th minute.
'Gidget (Eisenberg) is playing tremendous,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'There's no other way to say it. Her work rate is incredible. She's confident. She's playing fast, and she's playing hard.'
The Bears then began to showcase their deep frontline. After posting two assists, Wieger netted her third goal of the season in the 65th minute off of a long service from freshman midfielder Chioma Igwe. The assist was Igwe's first collegiate point.
'(Wieger) has been needing a goal for awhile because she's been getting chances,' said Boyd. 'They just haven't been going in. Even today, she could have had about three other goals. She also had two assists, which is terrific. The thing I like about her is that she brings the same game every day.'
Sophomore reserve forward Katie Ratican capped the Cal attack with her second goal of the season at 83:07. A few seconds after checking into the game, Karissa Goodwin lofted a deep service down the left flank. Ratican beat Fresno State's goalkeeper Jeannette Paine to the ball and directed the ball into the open goal. The assist was Goodwin's first of her career.
Cal outshot Fresno State, 19-4, and held the Bulldogs without a shot in the opening stanza. Junior midfielder Sierra Schlessinger set the tone for the game for Cal with a blast off the cross bar 50 seconds into the game.
Sophomore Anna Key, who earned her first start of the season, made three saves to secure the Bears' sixth shutout of the season. The Bears have posted 20 goals this season - two less than their 2003 total - and have surrendered only five goals. Freshman Caitlin Hannegan earned her second start on the backline and played well as did Key, according to Boyd.
Twenty Cal players saw action today, which will hopefully leave the Bears rested for Sunday's game at Pacific at noon at Stagg Memorial Stadium.
Women's Soccer ResultFresno State 0 0 -- 0California 1 3 -- 4
Scoring SummaryCal Eisenberg (Wieger, Clute) 16:57Cal Eisenberg (Wieger) 59:41Cal Wieger (Igwe) 64:21Cal Ratican (Goodwin) 83:07
Shots: Cal 19 (Clute, Eisenberg, Wieger 3), Fresno State 4 (Splettstoesser 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 9 (Eisenberg 3), Fresno State 3 (Lewis, Splettstoesser, Anderson 1).Saves: Cal 3 (Key 3), Fresno State 5 (Paine 4, Team 1).CK: Cal 7, Fresno State 1.Fouls: Cal 6, Fresno State 2.Offsides: Cal 4, Fresno State 1.Yellow Cards: None; Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 6-1-1, Fresno State 3-4-1.Attendance: 245.