No. 21 Cal Defeats Auburn, 3-1, In NCAA Tournament First Round
Nov. 10, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior forward Julia Schnugg tallied two goals and an assist to lift No. 21 California to a 3-1 victory over Auburn Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Seminole Soccer Complex. The Golden Bears improved to 12-4-5, while the Tigers end their season with an 11-6-3 record after the teams' first-ever meeting.
Cal's three goals are the most the Bears have scored in an NCAA Tournament game since a 3-0 triumph over UC Santa Barbara in the quarterfinals in 1987.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Jarbo had a huge game for the Bears in her first collegiate start. Jarbo, who had only played 10 minutes in her Cal career, recorded nine saves, including a diving save on a penalty kick by Jenny Zarzour in the 63rd minute. The Bears' top two goalkeepers - freshman Gina Pellegrini and senior Anna Key - were both unavailable today due to injuries.
Schnugg, who played her first two seasons at Florida State, put the Bears ahead in the fourth minute when she tapped in the rebound of senior midfielder Nadia Al-Lami's second shot. Senior forward Katie Ratican delivered a corner kick to the far post, and Al-Lami's header was knocked out by an Auburn player. Al-Lami collected the rebound, and her second attempt was blocked, but Schnugg was in the right spot to put her team ahead.
In the 38th minute, Schnugg extended Cal's lead to 2-0 with her first multi-goal game as a Golden Bear and second of her collegiate career. Senior defender Courtney Hooker carried the ball far out of the back and passed the ball wide to junior forward Stephanie Wieger. Wieger centered the ball from the right side to the far post to Schnugg, who knocked the ball in from two yards for her third NCAA Tournament goal. Her first postseason goal came in 2003 against Dartmouth as a member of the Seminoles.
Junior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan increased Cal's advantage to 3-0 with a 12-yard shot to the center of the goal in the 46th minute. Schnugg crossed the ball from the left side of the field, and freshman forward Lisa Kevorkian passed the ball back to Hannegan, who was wide open in the box to net her first goal of the season.
Auburn erased Cal's streak of four straight shutouts with a goal in the 81st minute by Zarzour. Amanda Garcia fired a free kick hard off of the cross bar, and Zarzour poked in the rebound for her third goal of 2006.
Auburn held an 18-16 shot advantage with Al-Lami and Kevorkian leading the way with three shots each for the Bears. Ratican had a goal waved off due to a foul against one of her teammates in the first half, and an Auburn player scored what appeared to be an own goal for Cal in the second half, but it was waved off due to offsides.
Cal battles No. 2-seeded Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Seminoles defeated Jacksonville, 6-0, tonight prior to Cal's game. Sunday's game is a rematch of last year's NCAA third round game, which Florida State won, 2-1, in Tallahassee.
Cal Women's Soccer ResultCalifornia 2 1 -- 3Auburn 0 1 -- 1
Scoring SummaryCal Julia Schnugg (Nadia Al-Lami) 3:47Cal Julia Schnugg (Courtney Hooker, Stephanie Wieger)37:28Cal Caitlin Hannegan (Julia Schnugg, Lisa Kevorkian)45:39Auburn Jenny Zarzour (Amanda Garcia) 80:18
Shots: Cal 16 (Nadia Al-Lami 3, Lisa Kevorkian 3), Auburn 18 (Caitlin King 5).Shots on Goal: Cal 7 (Julia Schnugg 2), Auburn 11 (Caitlin King 4).Saves: Cal 10 (Nicole Jarbo 9, team 1), Auburn 4 (Allison Whitworth 2, team 2).CK: Cal 4, Auburn 7.Fouls: Cal 15, Auburn 15.Offsides: Cal 3, Auburn 0.Yellow Cards: Cal (Courtney Hooker 76:17), Auburn none.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 12-4-5 (3-3-3 Pac-10), Auburn 11-6-3 (5-3 SEC)Attendance: 1076.