No. 6 California Defeats No. 17 Santa Clara in NCAA First Round
Nov. 19, 2004
BERKELEY - No. 6 California (13-3-3) rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat No. 17 Santa Clara (15-6-0), 2-1, in overtime. With the victory, the Bears advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, were they will face Southern Methodist (15-3-1) in Dallas.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the first overtime period, senior forward Carl Acosta took a short corner kick from junior Nick Hatzke, who curved in the 18-yard game winning goal. The score was Acosta's sixth of the season, the assist was Hatzke's ninth.
Despite being outshot 9-3, Santa Clara took an early first half lead in the 14th minute of play. Sophomore points leader Medhi Ballouchy tallied his ninth assist of the season when he found junior Ryan Purtell open in Cal's 6-yard box. Purtell slotted the ball home to put the Broncos up 1-0.
Cal fought back in the second half, when junior Calen Carr was dragged down inside Santa Clara's goal box and awarded a penalty kick. Midfielder Nick Hatzke calmly concerted the kick for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Junior keeper Eric Kronberg came up with four saves, all in the second half, to push the game into overtime. Santa Clara's Christopher Moreo finished the game with seven, including two in the first overtime period.
Cal will next face Southern Methodist on Tuesday, November 23 in Dallas.
Cameron Rast, Santa Clara Head Coach
I thought it was a good match-up. A game that we all expected, which was two evenly matched teams that were going to have to play 90 minutes to win. It turned out to be a little more today, the fans really got their money's worth.
On the game's tactics
Tactically, when you get a lead in a game, the emphasis isn't on scoring another goal, it's on preventing the opponent from getting quality opportunities. You send players behind the ball, and you make it difficult for them, which is what we did. Obviously that changed in the second half when the game evened up. It was a battle for us, we had a couple opportunities, when it was 1-0 to sneak a second. Had we done that, I think we would have won the game.
On the game's momentum
It's a game of momentum, especially in terms of the flow of the game. I think they gained the momentum, we had more difficulties holding the ball in the second half, especially late in the second half, to establish our attack. It's something we talked about for the overtime, but we were unable to have enough time to do that.
On Santa Clara's season
I see this season as a great period of growth for our team. We got off to such a good start. Then we ran into some teams in our conference, where we had to figure ourselves out. I think we solved a lot of problems and gained a lot of maturity.
Kevin Grimes, Cal Head Coach
I think we played well the entire game. Even though we were down 1-0 at halftime, the mood in the locker room was very positive. We all thought that if we kept playing the way we had been, a goal or two would come our way. Sure enough, Calen broke though and got taken out in the box. We were able to convert the penalty kick. I never sensed any sort of panic or lack of concentration from the guys even though they were down a goal at halftime.
On returning to face his alma mater, Southern Methodist
It's a big game. The guys know it's a big game for them because they want to advance in the tournament. Personally, it's a big one, because I have a lot of close friends in Dallas and spent some good years there.
Men's Soccer ResultCalifornia 0 1 1 -- 2Santa Clara 1 0 0 -- 1
Scoring SummarySCU Purtell (Ballouchy) 13:40Cal Hatzke (pk) 72:12Cal Acosta (Hatzke) 92:27
Shots: Cal 18 (Carr 5), Santa Clara 8 (Igwe 2).Shots On Goal: Cal 9 (Acosta 2, Carr 2, Hatzke 2), Santa Clara 5 (five players with one).Saves: Cal 4 (Kronberg 4), Santa Clara 7 (Moreo 7).CK: Cal 5, Santa Clara 3.Fouls: Cal 11, Santa Clara 22.Offsides: Cal 4, Santa Clara 3.Yellow Cards: Santa Clara (Hatzke 23:24), Santa Clara (Cunliffe 28:28), Cal (Navarro 58:20) Santa Clara (Purtell 72:12).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 13-3-3, Santa Clara 15-6-0.