No. 14 Cal Nipped By Arizona State, 1-0
Oct. 15, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Despite holding an 11-7 shot advantage, No. 14 California lost to Arizona State, 1-0, Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears dropped to 7-3-2 overall (0-1-1 Pac-10), while the Sun Devils improved to 6-6-1 (2-0-1).
'I told the team at halftime that it was the most uninspired soccer that I've seen,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'Our effort was poor. We had no passion. That was the worst performance so far (this season). We talk a lot about intangibles and what makes you win games. A lot of that is passion and heart and effort. We didn't bring any of that today.'
Arizona State's Brittany Cooper scored the game's only goal off a 22-yard free kick in the 30th minute. Cooper took the kick on the right flank, and it rolled into the lower-left side of the goal.
Cal held the Sun Devils without a shot for the rest of the half and held the majority of the possession for the remainder of the game but couldn't find the back of the net.
Junior forward Dania Cabello led the Bears with four shots. Sun Devils goalkeeper Kim Bingham recorded eight saves on the day. Junior Ashley Sulprizio started the game in goal for Cal, but sophomore Anna Key relieved her in the 64th minute.
After the Bears earned their fourth corner kick of the game with a couple of minutes to play, Sulprizio quickly checked into the game for Key, hoping to score the equalizer off the set piece. Last Sunday, Sulprizio's 88th-minute goal off a corner kick, lifted the Bears to a 1-1 tie against then-No. 8 Stanford. However, Cal's late corner kick today wasn't directed in Sulprizio's vicinity, and ASU cleared the ball down field.
Cal's offense was hurt today by the absence of freshman forward Stephanie Wieger, who suffered a concussion in practice earlier in the week. Wieger leads the team with five assists and ranks second in points (15) and goals (5).
The Bears look to rebound against No. 24 Arizona Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Women's Soccer ResultASU 1 0 -- 1California 0 0 -- 0
Scoring SummaryArizona State Cooper (unassisted) 29:10
Shots: Cal 11 (Cabello 4), AASU 7 (Leahy 3).Shots on Goal: Cal 8 (Cabello 2, Clute 2), ASU 4 (Bogus 2).Saves: Cal 3 (Sulprizio 2, Key 1), ASU 8 (Bingham 8).CK: Cal 4, ASU 1.Fouls: Cal 11, ASU 13.Offsides: Cal 2, ASU 0.Yellow Cards: Cal none, ASU (Leahy 32:44), (Makoski 61:27).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 7-3-2, 0-1-1 Pac-10, ASU 6-6-1, 2-0-1 Pac-10.Attendance: 277.