Cal Dropped by FC Gold Pride, 6-1
March 12, 2009
DANVILLE, Calif. - The California women's soccer team lost, 6-1, to FC Gold Pride, the new Women's Professional Soccer's (WPS) Bay Area team. The game, which was played in front of a packed house at the Mustang Soccer Complex on Wednesday evening, was the first of the Golden Bears' six-game spring season.
'What a great experience for our players to be able to have,' Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. 'Playing against some of the best players in the world can only make you better and we took a lot of positives from the game.'
In a game that was played at a very fast pace, Cal opened up strong by creating several very good scoring opportunities but, could not put one away. After settling into the game, the Pride took charge scoring all six of its goals in the first half. Carrie Dew scored the first goal of the game putting away a great ball served by Milbrett on a corner kick in the 13 minute of the game. Utah's Liz Bogus scored her first of two goals in the 16th minute of the game, assisted by Lindsay Massengail. The 1999 Women's World Cup Soccer stars were active in the game as Milbrett conntcted with Brandi Chastain in the 19th minute for the Pride's third goal of the half. In the 21st minute, Eriko Arakawa, in only her second day with the Pride, scored a goal off a terrific pass from Milbrett. After assisting three of her teammates, Milbrett took one in on her own, scoring unassisted in the 37th minute of the first half. The final goal of the game for the Pride came just before the end of the half, Bogus, assisted by Arakawa, put away her second goal of the match in the 44th minute.
In the second half, after some halftime adjustments Cal prevented the Pride having any more real threats on goal. Alex Morgan gave Cal a goal for the Bears to open the second half, and had two other chances to score that the Pride keeper did very well to stop. Cal tightened up its defense after the scoring frenzy in the first half and prevented the Pride from scoring at all in the second half, and limited them to only a handful of shots.
'Clearly FC Gold Pride was better in most, if not all, areas than we were, but we showed some real signs of quality, especially in the second half where we had a more even share of the play,' McGuire said. 'This was a great way to start our spring season.'
Cal will play its next exhibition game against San Francisco on April 8th. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on the campus of San Francisco.