Eisenberg lifts No. 10 Cal Past No. 24 Dartmouth in Double OT
Sept. 9, 2005
MORAGA, Calif. - Senior forward Liz Eisenberg scored a dramatic goal in the second overtime period to lift No. 10 California to a 1-0 victory over No. 24 Dartmouth Friday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 4-0-1 with the win at the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic, and head coach Kevin Boyd earned his 100th-career victory at Cal.
'It's all great (winning No. 100), but I'm really more concerned with the team than anything else,' said Boyd, who boasts a 100-54-14 career record in his ninth season at Cal. 'Ultimately, you have to hit 100 at some point if you stay around long enough. But, it's far more important that these guys got the win over Dartmouth. I would rather see the success that they can achieve.'
Boyd is the winningest women's soccer coach in Cal history.
The only goal of the game developed after Eisenberg corralled the ball just inside the midfield line on the right side of the field. She dribbled the ball to left side of the field around several Dartmouth (2-1) defenders. The San Rafael, Calif., product had teammate Stephanie Wieger running with her on the left side but opted to keep the ball and nailed her left-footed shot from about 12-yards out in the 103rd minute.
'Honestly, I was a little frustrated because every shot I took was weak and a couple were with my right foot,' Eisenberg said. 'I never shoot with my right foot. I was a little upset with my shooting. When Kevin (Boyd) pulled me late in the second half with about 10 minutes left, I went up to him and said, `I really think I have a goal today.' He said, `If we go to overtime, then you're going back in. In the overtime, I was very excited and felt like I could do it. When I got the ball into the final third - my final third passes hadn't been on all day - and saw the player running next to me, I thought I could pass it to Wieger and mess up again, or I could take it and see what happens. So, I went to the left side and shot and got lucky, I guess.'
Eisenberg has been very lucky at Saint Mary's Stadium. In the Aug. 26 season opener against Saint Mary's, she posted the game-winning goal in the 108th minute of Cal's 2-1 come-from-behind victory. All three of Eisenberg's goals this year have been game winners. She has six game-winning goals in the last two seasons.
Each team had an excellent chance to score the game winner in the first overtime. The Bears had the first crack at breaking the tie with 7:52 left on the clock. Junior forward Katie Ratican had a one-v-one with the keeper with two defenders chasing, but her 15-yard shot sailed over the goal.
With 1:12 to play in the first overtime, the Big Green's Jennie Tonneson drove a 22-yard shot to the left of the post.
'I thought it was our game to win (heading into overtime),' said Boyd, who was given a couple bottles of champagne from several people to celebrate his milestone win. 'I felt confident that if we could get a good chance, we would put it away. I thought we should be the team to win, but a lot of times the team that should win doesn't.'
In the first half, Cal held a 4-3 shot advantage. Sophomore midfielder Caroline Lea took two shots for the Bears, including a header in the 86th minute which barely went over the cross bar.
Cal maintained more of the possession in the second half and outshot Dartmouth 8-1. The Bears had several quality opportunities to score. Shortly after halftime, Wieger blasted a long-range shot off the cross bar. In the 81st minute, junior forward Julia Schnugg headed senior defender Tracy Hamm's long free kick to the goalkeeper.
The Bears posted a 16-5 shot advantage over the Big Green. Cal goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio recorded three saves to secure her third shutout of the year and the 13th of her career. Dartmouth goalkeeper Laurel Peak tallied six saves.
Cal wraps up the Saint Mary's Fall Classic against Southern Methodist Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
Women's Soccer ResultCalifornia 0 0 0 1 -- 1Dartmouth 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Scoring SummaryCal Liz Eisenberg 1:02.45
Shots: Cal 16 (Cabello, Eisenberg, Ratican 3), Dartmouth 5 (Johnson 4).Shots on Goal: Cal 7 (Eisenberg 3) , Dartmouth 3 (Tonneson 3).Saves: Cal 3 (Sulprizio 3), Dartmouth 6 (Peak 6) .CK: Cal 4, Dartmouth 6.Fouls: Cal 15, Dartmouth 8.Offsides: Cal 1, Dartmouth 0.Yellow Cards: Cal (Al-Lami 53:31, Relja 73:43), Dartmouth (Macdonald 61:16, Team 67:00).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 4-0-1, Dartmouth 2-1.Attendance: 526.
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