No. 11 Cal Falls to No. 10 Texas, 2-1
Sept. 6, 2002
BERKELEY - The short-handed No. 11 California women's soccer team lost to No. 10 Texas, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium for its first loss of the 2002 season.
For the second straight game, the Golden Bears (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10 ) didn't have the services of two starters - defender Kim Stocklmeir (broken collarbone) and All-American forward Laura Schott (sprained MCL). Stocklmeir sustained her injury in the season opener Aug. 30 against Ohio State and is expected to be out at least six weeks. Schott hurt her knee at the end of Wednesday's practice and should return for the Sept. 13 Santa Clara game. Last year in Austin, Texas, Schott scored one of the goals in the Bears' 2-1 victory over Texas.
'With Stock out and Laura out, I still think we outplayed them,' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'It got ugly there for awhile because we were down 2-0, and we had to catch up. We launched numbers forward and put the ball up there. I didn't think we played badly. I thought we did all right. For early in the season, if we can correct those little mistakes, we'll be okay down the line.'
As a result of the injuries, Boyd started three true freshmen, including Sierra Garthwaite, who earned her first collegiate start in the back for the Bears. Freshmen Dania Cabello and Tracy Hamm started up top.
Just like Cal's first two games, today's contest was scoreless at the half. The Bears outshot the Longhorns (3-0, 0-0 Big 12), 4-2, and controlled the run of play for most of the half.
After halftime, Cal senior midfielder Brittany Kirk almost put her team up 1-0 in the 49th minute, but her shot went just wide of the net. Later in the half, she drilled another solid attempt but right to the Texas keeper, Alex Gagarin.
Texas All-American forward Kelly Wilson put her team up 1-0 in the 53rd minute. Texas defender Laura Kram flighted a long free kick into Cal's penalty area. A Cal defender tried to clear the ball, but it went right to Wilson, who slotted the ball under Bears' goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio.
About six minutes later, Hamm, who had two goals last week, had a chance to tie the game on a breakaway, but Gagarin came up with one of her five saves for the game.
Wilson gave the Longhorns a much-needed insurance goal in the 75th minute. She collected a long ball just past the midfield line, beat a Cal defender and only had Sulprizio to beat for her second goal of the season.
The Bears pushed numbers forward and were able to cut the lead to 2-1 in the 86th minute. Following a Cal corner kick, a Texas player batted the ball to the ground with her hand in the penalty box, giving the Bears their second penalty kick attempt of the young season. As she did against the Buckeyes last week, senior Carly Fuller drained the penalty kick.
That was as close as Cal would get despite outshooting Texas 10-5 for the game, including 6-3 in the second half. The Bears also held the edge on corner kicks, 8-4.
Cal has another tough test on its hands Sunday against No. 3 Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Women's Soccer ResultNo. 10 Texas 0 2 -- 2No. 11 California 0 1 -- 1
Scoring SummaryTexas Kelly Wilson (unassisted) 52:05Texas Kelly Wilson (unassisted) 74:29Cal Carly Fuller (penalty kick) 85:47
Shots: Cal 10 (Hamm, Fuller, Kirk 2), Texas 5 (Wilson 3).Shots on Goal: Cal 7 (Hamm, Fuller 2) , Texas 4 (Wilson 3).Saves: Cal 2 (Sulprizio 2), Texas 6 (Gagarin 5, Team Save 1).CK: Cal 8, Texas 4.Fouls: Cal 23, Texas 10.Offsides: Cal 0, Texas 0.Yellow Cards: None.Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 2-1 (0-0 Pac-10), Texas 3-0 (0-0 Big 12).Attendance: 252.
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