No. 14 Cal Blanks No. 24 Arizona, 1-0
Oct. 17, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman forward Stephanie Wieger netted her sixth goal of the season to lift No. 14 California to a 1-0 shutout over No. 24 Arizona Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium.
The Golden Bears (8-3-2, 1-1-1 Pac-10) were thrilled to welcome Wieger back to the starting lineup after she sat out Friday's 1-0 loss to Arizona State due to a midweek concussion.
After a scoreless first half which saw each team post three shots, Cal gained control of the game after halftime, outshooting the Wildcats (12-3, 3-1 Pac-10), 13-5, in the second half.
'We didn't do a very good job keeping the ball in the first half,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd, whose team has surpassed its seven wins in 2003. 'That's what we talked about at halftime. We started keeping it in the second half, and it made a world of a difference.'
Wieger scored in the 56th minute on a fastbreak opportunity. Junior midfielder Lindsay Clute sent the ball down field to junior forward Liz Eisenberg, who slipped the ball into the box to Wieger, who scored from about 12 yards out.
Wieger led the Bears with five shots, including a great chance in the 51st minute that sailed over the cross bar. Eisenberg leads Cal in points with 19, while Wieger is second with 17 points.
'Having (Wieger) back adds a different element,' said Boyd. 'She got the goal that we needed. What she does is that she keeps working at full speed. It was nice to see that she was calm when she got the chance and put it away.'
Cal sophomore Anna Key played well in her third start in goal, recording three saves on quality Arizona opportunities. Key is 3-0 as a starter and helped Cal secure its eighth shutout of the year, one more than last season.
A light drizzle fell during parts of the second half. The final 10 minutes were played in a steady rain.
The Bears wrap up the regular season with four of six games on the road. Up next is USC Friday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Los Angeles.
Women's Soccer ResultArizona 0 0 -- 0California 0 1 -- 1
Scoring SummaryCal Wieger (Clute, Eisenberg) 55:07
Shots: Cal 16 (Wieger 5), Arizona 8 (Miller 3).Shots on Goal: Cal 5 (Wieger 2), Arizona 3 (Miller 2).Saves: Cal 3 (Key 3), Arizona 4 (Smith 3, Team 1).CK: Cal 5, Arizona 3.Fouls: Cal 14, Arizona 13.Offsides: Cal 3, Arizona 0.Yellow Cards: Cal none, Arizona (Team 27:47).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 8-3-2 (1-1-1 Pac-10), Arizona 12-3 (3-1 Pac-10).Attendance: 330.