No. 13 Cal Downs Oregon, 5-1
Oct. 31, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Five different California players scored as the 13th-ranked Golden Bears cruised to a 5-1 victory over Oregon Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. With the victory in its regular-season home finale, Cal improves to 10-4-3 (3-2-2 Pac-10), while the injury-plagued Ducks fall to 3-12-2 (0-6-1 Pac-10).
'We played well today,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'The good thing was that it was our last home game, and we showed up with a lot of life and spirit to us. That made a big difference. What's getting us on Fridays is that we don't quite show up with the same excitement and energy. Caroline (Lea) getting a goal in the first 20 seconds was an indicator that we were ready to go.'
Lea, a freshman forward, started the scoring parade with a goal 18 seconds into the game. Junior forward Dania Cabello found Lea open on the right side, and Lea converted a 10-yard near-post goal. Lea set a Cal record for the fastest goal netted at Edwards Stadium. The previous record of 1:42 was established by All-American Laura Schott against Stanford in 2002.
Junior forward Liz Eisenberg put Cal ahead 2-0 by converting on a one-on-one opportunity in the 17th minute. Freshman midfielder Chioma Igwe was credited with her fourth assist of the season, while Eisenberg posted her team-leading ninth goal.
Redshirt freshman Jenny Wendell sent the Bears into the locker room ahead 3-0 by converting on a penalty kick, which she drew, in the 35th minute. The goal was the first of her career.
'Jenny played well,' said Boyd. 'She created a PK and put it away. She played well when I put her back in in the second half.'
Cal extended its lead to 4-0 with a 12-yard shot from junior midfielder Sierra Schlesinger in the first minute of the second half. Sophomore midfielder Nadia Al-Lami earned her fourth assist of the season with a pass across the Duck penalty area to Schlesinger.
Oregon's Gennaka Fox checked into the game in the 57th minute and eliminated the Bears' attempt at their 11th shutout of 2004 with a goal in the 58th minute. The goal was Oregon's only shot of the second half.
Sophomore forward Katie Ratican capped Cal's best home offensive effort of the season with a blast tucked under the crossbar in the 83rd minute.
Twenty-two players saw action for the Bears, who wrap up the regular season at Washington State Nov. 5 and at WashingtonNov. 7.
'It was good that we got to play 22 players (the maximum allowed) at home,' said Boyd. 'That's rare. We got to look at (Caitlin) Hannegan in the midfield, which is her natural spot, and I felt she did well there.'
Women's Soccer ResultOregon 0 1 -- 1California 3 2 -- 5
Scoring SummaryCal Lea (Cabello) :18Cal Eisenberg (Igwe) 16:57Cal Wendell (PK) 34:01Cal Schlesinger (Al-Lami) 46:58Oregon Fox (Kapaku) 57:47Cal Ratican (unassisted) 82:50
Shots: Cal 19 (Eisenberg 5), Oregon 4 (four players with 1).Shots on Goal: Cal 11 (four players with 2), Oregon 2 (Grushkin, Fox 1).Saves: Cal 1 (Sulprizio 1, Key 0), Oregon 6 (Lainez 1, Marrer 4, Team 1).CK: Cal 4, Oregon 0.Fouls: Cal 4, Oregon 5.Offsides: Cal 7, Oregon 1.Yellow Cards: None, Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 10-4-2 (3-2-2 Pac-10), Oregon 3-12-2 (0-6-1)Attendance: 437.