Beaver Rally Falls Short As Cal Tops OSU 3-2

Oct. 24, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

California jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the 35th minute of the first half of Friday's Pacific-10 Conference women's soccer match with Oregon State at Lorenz Field and held on for a 3-2 win despite two late OSU scores by Tessa Baker and Brianna Monka.

The Beavers dropped to 5-8-2 overall and 1-2-1 in Pac-10 play.

Cal (7-5-3 overall, 2-3-0 Pac-10) got on the scoreboard early when Kim Yokers' corner kick curved to the far post where OSU's Kelli Washburn attempted to clear the ball but misplayed it into OSU's net for an own goal and a 1-0 Cal lead in the seventh minute.

In the 21st minute, the Bears' Kassie Doubrava played a ball wide to Amy Willison, who centered a pass to Alivia Mazura in the box where she scored to give Cal a 2-0 advantage.

Dania Cabello scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 35th minute when Willison put another accurate pass into the box and Cabello headed in a shot to make it 3-0.

'We came out very poorly today,' OSU coach Steve Fennah said. 'We didn't play well at all in the first half. We had no pressure on them and we couldn't connect our passes. Still, we had a few chances - Stacey (Mescher) and Tessa (Baker) had some nice combinations - but we didn't capitalize on them.

'In the second half, we put much more pressure on Cal and got back into the game. Baker got a nice opportunistic goal for us, and Stacey created a lot of problems for Cal out wide all day.

Baker brought the Beavers within 3-1 at the 77:24 mark when she stole the ball in Cal's third on the right side and beat Bear keeper Anna Key for the score and her ninth goal of the year. Baker leads OSU with 20 points on nine goals and two assists.

Brianna Monka capitalized on a penalty kick with 1 minute, three seconds remaining in the game to make it 3-2, but the Beavers were unable to net the equalizer.

'We told the team at halftime that we can claw our way back in the game - if one team can score three goals in a half, so can we,' Fennah said. 'We just tried to take it one goal at a time.

'The team was disappointed with the outcome today. They need to learn that they need to come prepared to play from the start. I think we will learn from this - the team has done a good job all year of learning from each game.'

Sophomore Amy Johnson replaced starter Melissa Onstad in goal at halftime and shut out the Bears over the last 45 minutes while making two saves.

Shots were nearly even Friday, with Cal owning a 14-13 advantage, but the Bears owned a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks. The Beavers forced Key to make four saves.

OSU hosts Stanford Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lorenz Field.

CALIFORNIA 3, OREGON STATE 2

California 3 0 - 3

Oregon State 0 2 - 2

Scoring:

CAL - OSU own goal, 6:37

CAL - Alivia Mazura (Amy Willison, Kassie Doubrava), 20:43

CAL - Dania Cabello (Amy Willison), 34:25

OSU - Tessa Baker (unassisted), 77:24

OSU - Brianna Monka (penalty kick), 88:57

Summary:

SHOTS: CAL 14, OSU 13; CORNERS: CAL 5, OSU 0; SAVES: CAL 4, OSU 3; FOULS: CAL 21, OSU 22.

Cautions:

OSU - Brianna Monka, 9:56

CAL - Amy Willison, 31:57

CAL - Nadia Al-Lami, 80:23

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