No. 6 California Falls to No. 2 SMU, 1-0, in NCAA Second Round
Nov. 23, 2004
Dallax, TX - No. 6 California fell to No. 2 SMU, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournamen. With the win, SMU improves to 16-3-1 and advances to the NCAA third round while Cal closes out its season with a mark of 13-4-3.
With threatening skies overhead, both teams went on the offensive attack right from the opening whistle. SMU's David Chun tallied the game's lone goal at the 5:56 mark when he tapped in a rebounded ball close to the front of the goal. Chun got a foot in the face while shooting and ended up with a bloody nose. Heavy rain continued to pelt the field as each team continued its offensive push. SMU's defense was solid, thwarting off numerous Bear attacks.
Both teams struggled with ball possesion in the second half as a torrential rain momentarily caused a pause in play.
As the game was winding down, Cal gave SMU everything it had and came within inches of tying the game in the waning seconds, with a Kyle Navarro header that hit the Mustang crossbar and deflected over the net.
'We had a lot of opportunities in front of the goal and it just didn't seem to go our way,' said Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. 'SMU's goalkeeper made some great saves and their defense was outstanding. That was the real difference in the game. They got that early goal and did a good job of holding down the fort and not allowing anything to get past the goal line.'
The 2004 season saw the Bears achieve a program-best fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, a second-place Pac-10 finish and a national ranking as high as No. 3.