No. 11 Cal Blanks No. 3 Texas A&M, 1-0
Sept. 8, 2002
BERKELEY - California took advantage of an own goal to post a 1-0 shutout over No. 3 Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The No. 11 (NSCAA) Golden Bears improved to 3-1, while the Aggies fell to 2-2 after losing their second game in three days in the Bay Area.
'This weekend was a test to find out where we are and where we're matching up (against the other top teams),' said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. 'I'm pretty pleased with where we are this early in the season considering we have a couple of key players out (Laura Schott, knee; Kim Stocklmeir, collarbone). Today's game I felt was a team win. All of the players stepped up their play and did what they needed to do to make sure we got the win.'
Cal's win over Texas A&M marks the second straight year that the Bears have knocked off the No. 3 team in the country. The Aggies entered the week ranked No. 3 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Santa Clara held the No. 3 spot in Soccer America's poll when the Bears posted a 2-1 victory Sept. 17, 2001.
The Aggies held a 10-6 edge on shots for the game, but neither team had many dangerous attempts. After a scoreless first half that saw Texas A&M hold a slight possession edge, Cal came out the aggressor in the second half and was able to get behind the Aggies' defense on several occasions.
One of those instances came in the 50th minute when Cal junior midfielder Kassie Doubrava served a long ball into the A&M penalty box. Bear freshman forward Tracy Hamm and Aggies' defender Shannon Labhart both took off after the ball. Labhart attempted a back pass to her goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak, but the ball slid past her into the back of the net for an 'own goal.'
Later in the second half, Hamm had the best chance to give her team an insurance goal on a breakaway, but Spisak came up with the save.
The goal would hold up for Cal and allowed the Bears to avenge last year's 3-1 road loss to Texas A&M. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Sani Post posted the shutout for Cal in her first start for the Bears since transferring from Notre Dame after the 2000 season. Overall, the Bears have three shutouts in their four games in 2002.
'Last year, I thought (A&M) played very well,' said Boyd. 'We did not defend well against them. This year, we defended very well. That was the factor right there. Our defense has been good from the front all the way into the goal.'
Cal closes out a five-game homestand Friday, Sept. 13, against No. 14 Santa Clara. Game time is at 4:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium.
Women's Soccer ResultNo. 3 Texas A&M 0 0 -- 0No. 11 California 0 1 -- 1
Scoring SummaryCal Own goal (A&M Shannon Labhart) 49:41
Shots: Cal 6 (Hamm 3), A&M 10 (Strutz, Smith 2).Shots on Goal: Cal 1 (Hamm 1), A&M 3 (Smith 2).Saves: Cal 3 (Post 2, Team Save 1), A&M 1 (Spisak 1).CK: Cal 3, A&M 2.Fouls: Cal 12, A&M 9.Offsides: Cal 3, A&M 2.Yellow Cards: Cal Hamm (71:46), A&M Starns (69:48), Moore (71:46).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 3-1 (0-0 Pac-10), A&M 2-2 (0-0 Big 12).Attendance: 334.