Cal Routs Pacific, 3-0, in Exhibition
Aug. 15, 2009
BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team overpowered its first opponent of 2009 in Pacific, 3-0, in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Three different Golden Bears scored in the victory - redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian, senior midfielder Katie Oakes and sophomore forward Katie Benz.
'I think our movement forward, our ability and desire to get forward, was good,' Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. 'We didn't execute in the final third as well as we had hoped. But we certainly created a lot of goal-scoring opportunities, and that's a good sign for the first game of the year.'
The Bears outshot the Tigers, 17-5, and had 10 shots on goal as compared to UOP's three. Cal earned seven corner kicks while Pacific had two.
Both Kevorkian and junior forward Alex Morgan had two shots on goal apiece with Morgan pacing the team with four shots.
The Bears dominated possession in the first half and scored the first goal of the game in the 20th minute. Senior defender Brianna Bak stole the ball and passed to Morgan, who dished the ball off to Oakes who shot it to Kevorkian who put it into the top right corner from the top of the box.
'Anytime you get a goal early and you go one up, it changes the way the other team has to play you, which is going to allow you more opportunities on goal,' McGuire said. 'We have tended to struggled in the past when we don't score early so it was good to get on the board early.'
The teams headed into the locker room with Cal leading, 1-0.
Oakes struck at 66:00 to extend the Bears' lead to two. Pacific redshirt junior keeper Jill Medigovich got a hand on the ball right in front of goal, but sophomore defender Danielle Brunache got a piece of it, sending it Oakes' way, and she, in turn, kicked in the goal.
'One of the reasons that we moved Katie higher on the field was to get shots like that because she has the ability to get behind the line,' McGuire said.
Benz sealed the victory for the Bears with an unassisted goal in the 78th minute.
'That was a great finish. When she turned, she was 22 yards out of the goal and I wasn't sure if she was going to take that chance, but she did and it was great.'
The Bears will open their official 2009 campaign with a nonconference game against Nevada next Friday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.