No. 13 Cal Blanks Washington, 1-0, to Open Pac-10 Play
Oct. 7, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 13 California opened the Pac-10 season with a 1-0 victory over Washington Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 8-2-1 overall (1-0 Pac-10) by snapping a five-game losing streak to the Huskies. Washington fell to 0-9-3 (0-1 Pac-10).
'They did some things differently in the first half then we were expecting,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. That was the first part of it. 'We had to change a little bit of what we were doing. I just didn't think we came out and started the game that well. I didn't think we were sharp. It could be because we haven't played in a couple weeks.'
Cal sophomore midfielder Caroline Lea netted the game's only goal off a corner kick in the 62nd minute. Junior forward Katie Ratican drove the ball into the six-yard box from the left corner kick flag, and Lea headed the ball past Huskies goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen. The goal was Lea's first of the season and third of her career, and the assist was Ratican's second of 2005.
'We were dangerous on our corners today,' said Boyd, whose team took seven corner kicks. 'We'd been working on those this week. Obviously it paid off. It got our goal.'
The Bears, who hadn't played since a 1-0 double overtime win over Utah on Sept. 25, started the game sluggishly. Cal held a 4-2 shot advantage in the first half but finished the game with a 16-3 edge. Ratican had a goal waved off due to an offsides call with under two minutes remaining until halftime.
Cal reserves, such as Ratican, Lea and forwards Valerie Barnes and Bri Wiles, helped the Bears pick up their offensive intensity towards the end of the first half. As a result, Boyd opted to leave most of his second unit on the field to start the second half, which paid dividends for the Bears. About five minutes after Lea delivered the eventual game-winning goal, a fresh Cal starting frontline returned to the game and continued the team's offensive pressure.
'(The momentum) changed halfway in (the first half) when we made some adjustments,' Boyd said. 'The finishing group did a great job at the end of the first half. We started them in the second half, and they set the tone for our second half. It was those players that did well for us.'
Senior defender Tracy Hamm did a good job coming forward out of her right back spot, leading Cal with four shots today. The shutout marked the Bears seventh of the year, and goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio's fifth. Sulprizio needed to make only one save today. Rasmussen posted five saves for the Huskies.
Cal concludes its homestand against Washington State Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Women's Soccer ResultWashington 0 0 - 0California 0 1 - 1
Shots: Cal 16 (Tracy Hamm 4), UW 3 ( Dani Bridges 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 7 (Caroline Lea, Valerie Barnes 2), UW 2 (Dani Bridges, Katy Dowling 1).Saves: Cal 2 (Ashley Sulprizio 1, Team 1), UW 6 (Kelsey Rasmussen 5, Team 1).CK: Cal 7, UW 1.Fouls: Cal 8, UW 7.Offsides: Cal 1, UW 1.Yellow Cards: None.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 8-2-1 (1-0 Pac-10), UW 0-9-3 (0-1 Pac-10)Attendance: 342
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