No. 13 Cal Downs San Francisco, 4-0
Sept. 24, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 13 California capitalized on goals from four different players in the second half to secure a 4-0 shutout of San Francisco Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 7-1-2 with their biggest offensive outburst of the season, while the Dons fell to 4-5-1.
'No doubt about it this was our most complete game,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'We hadn't put together the complete effort with excitement and passion, and today we did that. We had an attacking-minded excitement. We've been waiting for a game like this for three weeks. We had been moving the ball around well like this, but we haven't had that final third surge we had today.'
After a scoreless first half, senior forward Katie Ratican scored her second goal of the weekend in the 47th minute. Ratican streaked down the right flank and sent a 30-yard shot just under the cross bar. She now leads the team in points (7) and assists (3) and is tied for the team lead in goals (2).
Junior midfielder Laurie Gartrell extended Cal's margin to 2-0 in the 53rd minute when she received a pass inside the penalty box from fellow midfielder Caitlin Hannegan and sent a shot off the far post and into the goal. It was Gartrell's first goal of 2006.
Junior reserve forward Bri Wiles gave the Bears a 3-0 edge in the 78th minute with a tap-in from about four yards. The goal developed when senior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami delivered a long pass to junior forward Stephanie Wieger on the left side. Wieger then served the ball perfectly into the box to Wiles, who ran onto the ball for her second goal of the year.
Wieger, a reserve forward, iced the victory with an acrobatic goal with under three minutes to play. Sophomore forward Valerie Barnes fed Wieger inside the 18-yard box, and Wieger slid on the ground to get the ball past USF goalkeeper Katie Hodgson, who came far off her line to contest the shot. With her three points today, Wieger is tied for second on the team with five points.
Al-Lami and Hannegan had goals waved off in the second half on an offsides and handball call, respectively. Several of Cal's shots went off the post in the first half.
Cal held a commanding 19-4 shot advantage in the game, including an 11-1 edge in shots on goal. Chelsea Hunt, who led USF with two shots, posted her team's only shot in the first half. Barnes paced the Bears with four shots, while Wieger and Al-Lami added three each.
Hodgson grabbed six saves for the Dons, and Anna Key tallied one save to give the Bears their seventh shutout of the season.
The Bears take next week off before starting Pac-10 play at UCLA Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. That game can be seen on a taped delayed basis on Fox Sports Net.
Cal Women's Soccer ResultUSF 0 0 -- 0#13 California 0 4 -- 4
Shots: Cal 19 (Valerie Barnes 4), USF 4 (Chelsea Hunt 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 11 (Stephanie Wieger 3), USF 1 (Kristina Hall).Saves: Cal 1 (Anna Key 1), USF 6 (Katie Hodgson, Team 1).CK: Cal 6, USF 3.Fouls: Cal 15, USF 12.Offsides: Cal 1, USF 0 .Yellow Cards/Red Cards: NoneRecords: Cal 7-1-2, USF 4-5-1.Attendance: 531.