No. 9 Cal Rallies for 2-1 Win over USC
Oct. 30, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 9 California tallied two goals in less than four minutes to rally to defeat USC, 2-1, Sunday on Senior Day at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 12-3-2 overall and gained sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 with a 5-1-1 mark. The Women of Troy fell to 10-5-2 (4-2-1 Pac-10).
'I was on us a bit at halftime because I didn't think we played to our potential,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'I thought we looked a little lethargic. Of course, there's a lot of emotion that comes with Senior Day and trying to switch into game intensity was a little tougher for us. The second half we started off slow, as well. Then, something changed in the middle where you start seeing Caroline (Lea) and Sierra (Schlesinger) creating, and you started seeing both wide backs going forward.'
USC jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 18th minute from their leading scorer, Amy Rodriguez. She received a pass from Rosa Anna Tantillo and directed the ball into the lower right corner of the net from about 17 yards. The goal was the first one the Bears have surrendered all season in the first half and was USC's first shot of the game.
Cal held a 7-2 shot advantage in the first half and maintained the majority of the possession, however, the Bears' efforts didn't pay off until after halftime.
In the 73rd minute, Cal senior forward Liz Eisenberg tied the game at 1-1 with a shot near the top of the penalty box. USC goalkeeper Veronica Simonton jumped to save the attempt, but it went off her hands into the goal. The play developed after USC cleared a Cal corner kick. Cal senior defender Tracy Hamm retrieved the loose ball and passed it to Eisenberg for her team-leading seventh goal of 2005.
'You could tell all game long that Gidget (Eisenberg) was going to get one,' said Boyd. 'She had that fire in her eyes again.'
At the 75:22 mark, Cal junior defender Alivia Mazura directed a long cross from the left side deep into the USC penalty area. Junior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami timed the cross perfectly and headed the ball into the net for the eventual game-winning score. The goal was Al-Lami's first of the season.
'Nadia had a terrific goal,' said Boyd. 'Getting up like that and banging it across. That's a great goal.'
With about two minutes remaining in the game, USC nearly evened the score, but Tantillo's free kick went off the far post, and the Bears were able to safely clear the ball.
Cal held an 11-6 overall shot advantage in its final regular-season home game of the year. The Bears honored their eight seniors prior to the game, and all of them earned starting nods. That group included Dania Cabello, Lindsay Clute, Eisenberg, Hamm, Karissa Goodwin, Jamie Mangiardi, Sierra Schlesinger and Ashley Sulprizio.
The Bears conclude the regular season at Oregon Nov. 4 and at Oregon State Nov. 6. UCLA leads the Pac-10 at 5-0-2 after tying Stanford, 0-0, in double overtime today.
Women's Soccer ResultUSC 1 0 - 1California 0 2 - 2
Shots: Cal 11 (Nadia Al-Lami, Julia Schnugg 3), USC 6 (Amy Rodriguez, Rosa Anna Tantillo 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 4 (four players with 1), USC 2 (Amy Rodriguez, Rosa Anna Tantillo 1).Saves: Cal 1 (Ashley Sulprizio 1), USC 2 (Veronica Simonton 2).CK: Cal 4, USC 2. Fouls: Cal 9, USC 17.Offsides: Cal 2, USC 0.Yellow Cards: Cal (Tracy Hamm 83:56), USC none. Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 12-3-2 (5-1-1 Pac-10), USC 10-5-2 (4-2-1 Pac-10)Attendance: 1140.