#16 Cal Edges UW Women in Pac-10 Soccer Opener

Oct. 7, 2005

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. - Reserve Caroline Lea scored on a header in the 62nd minute Friday, lifting 16th-ranked California to a 1-0 win over Washington in the Pac-10 women's soccer opener for both teams at Goldman Field.

The Huskies' record dropped to 0-9-3 with their seventh one-goal loss, including five 1-0 setbacks. The Golden Bears improved to 8-2-1 with their first win over UW since 1999, snapping a five-game series losing streak.

The game was even in the first half, during which both teams attempted one corner kick. The Golden Bears took four shots, but none of them were directly on goal. Both of UW's first-half shots were saved, one by goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio and one by a defender.

'We did a good job in the first half of negating what they do well. But, we didn't take advantage of the chances we did have and weren't dangerous enough on them,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore.

The second half was a different story as Cal controlled the run of play, holding UW to just one shot and no corner kicks. The Golden Bears attempted six corner kicks after halftime, parlaying one of them into the game's only goal.

Katie Ratican sent a corner kick to the far post that Lea headed in for the game winner at 61:32.

Sulprizio required only one save to post her fifth shutout. She improved upon the 0.46 goals against average she brought into the game, the 13th-best figure in the nation. Junior Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) stopped five shots for UW, which was outshot 16-3.

'Kelsey came up with two really great saves to keep us in it,' Gallimore remarked. 'But we didn't defend very well on corner kicks. Cal was very good in the air and very aggressive.'

A 1986 California graduate, Gallimore still has the upperhand on her alma mater. She owns a 10-6 coaching record versus the Bears, including a 9-3 mark while at Washington.

'They are always a good team, and they're extremely well coached,' Cal coach Kevin Boyd said of Gallimore's Huskies. 'She obviously knows us quite well because she's an alum, and sees us at alumni games. She knows what we're about. We always have a difficult time with that team.'

The Huskies complete their two-game trip to the Bay Area on Sunday at No. 15 Stanford.

NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Goldman Field/Berkeley, Calif.
Friday, Oct. 7, 2005

(#16) California 1, Washington 0

Scoring --1, CAL, Caroline Lea (Katie Ratican), 61:32.

Shots -- UW 3, CAL 16.
Saves -- UW 6 (Kelsey Rasmussen 5), CAL 2 (Ashley Sulprizio 1).
Corner Kicks -- UW 1, CAL 7.
Fouls -- UW 7, CAL 8.
Offsides -- UW 1, CAL 1.
Attendance -- 342.
Records -- Washington 0-9-3, 0-1, California 8-2-1, 1-0.

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