Cal Upsets No. 4 Santa Clara, 1-0, in Overtime
Nov. 1, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior forward Stephanie Wieger converted a 22-yard chip shot in the sixth minute of overtime to lift California to a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Santa Clara Wednesday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improve to 10-4-5 (2-3-3 Pac-10) with their third straight shutout, while the Broncos drop to 14-4-1 (4-1-1 WCC).
'We played with a lot of heart and a lot of passion,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'I thought we were determined the whole time. I felt the longer the game went on per half that we got more of the game as it went. The first half went that way, and the second half went that way. I felt like we owned the overtime. Three shots to none and us getting the goal at the end was great. We've had six overtime games this year. It was a matter of time for us to get one.'
Cal was 0-0-5 in overtime games prior to today in 2006.
About a minute after sophomore defender/forward Nkechi Kanu powered a shot over the cross bar, Kanu passed the ball to Wieger above the penalty box on the right side of the field. Santa Clara goalkeeper Meagan McCray was off her line, and Wieger calmly lofted the ball into the back of the net from long range. The goal was Wieger's third of the year, while Kanu earned her first assist of the season.
'During the celebration today at the end, I was crying the way we were against (No. 6) UCLA two years ago (when Cal won 1-0 in double overtime),' said Wieger, who scored the game-winner over the Bruins in the 105th minute in 2004. 'We did it all together today. I love that.'
Santa Clara held a 10-6 shot advantage, but the Broncos entered the game averaging approximately 15 shots per game. The Bears' defense was solid and came up with big plays when it needed to.
Freshman goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini, who now owns an 0.16 goals-against average, recorded three saves to give Cal its 11th shutout of the season and her fourth overall. In the 37th minute, Cal junior All-American defender Courtney Hooker stepped in front of a dangerous shot by Kelly Giddings to keep the game scoreless.
'This (win) was extremely important to us,' said Boyd. 'We needed to make a statement to everyone out there that we deserve to be in the playoffs. We haven't maybe had the best results come Pac-10 time, but for us to beat the No. 4 team in the last week of the season speaks volumes.'
Cal wraps up the regular season against No. 11 Stanford Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Cal Women's Soccer Result#4 Santa Clara 0 0 0 -- 0California 0 0 1 -- 1
Shots: Cal 6 (six different players with 1), SCU 10 (Jordan Angeli 4).Shots on Goal: Cal 3 (Stephanie Wieger, Kelly Menachof, Julia Schnugg 1), SCU 4 (four different players with 1).Saves: Cal 4 (Gina Pellegrini 3, team 1), SCU 2 (Meagan McCray 2).CK: Cal 3, SCU 3.Fouls: Cal 10, SCU 15.Offsides: Cal 6, SCU 4.Yellow Cards: Cal none, SCU (Meagan Snell 26:34), (Kelly Giddings 73:19).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 10-4-5 (2-3-3 Pac-10), SCU 14-4-1 (4-1-1 WCC).Attendance: 514.