No. 11 Cal Shuts Out No. 15 Stanford, 2-0
Oct. 15, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 11 California posted two second-half goals off corner kicks to earn a 2-0 victory over No. 15 Stanford Saturday afternoon at Maloney Field. The Golden Bears, who have shut out their last four opponents, improved to 10-2-1 (3-0 Pac-10), while the Cardinal dropped to 8-4-1 (2-1 Pac-10).
'It was everything we thought it would be,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'It was a very tough game. Stanford and Cal are a very even match-up. On the day, I thought we played a little better. They had a lot of good chances, as well. I thought Ashley (GK, Sulprizio) had a good game and cleaned up. I thought our backs and mids held steady when they needed to. Set pieces often decide big games. When we make a change, we don't fall off in our play. That was a factor, as well. I felt we could go a little deeper than they could.'
Cal sophomore Caroline Lea tallied the first goal of the game in the 71st minute when she recorded her second goal in the last three games off a header on a corner kick. Just like in Cal's 1-0 triumph over Washington Oct. 7, junior forward Katie Ratican delivered a perfect service to Lea for the goal.
In the 80th minute, sophomore forward Stephanie Wieger added an insurance goal on another corner kick taken by Ratican. The goal was Wieger's first of the season. Ratican is now tied for the team lead in assists with senior forward Dania Cabello with four.
'We've been trying to find consistency in our services (on corner kicks),' said Boyd. 'Katie is becoming the one that can give the most consistent ball. It's either her or Chioma (igwe). I thought Katie played very well today.'
Cal outshot Stanford, 11-8, including a 6-1 edge in the first half. Cabello led Cal with three shots. Senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio, who began the week ranked No. 4 nationally in goals-against average, tallied six saves for the Bears in the second half to lower her season GAA to 0.32. Stanford's keeper Alex Gamble grabbed five saves.
Cal returns to action at Arizona Oct. 21 and at Arizona State Oct. 23, before returning home to host UCLA Oct. 28.
1 2 = FCalifornia (10-2-1, 3-0-0) 0 2 = 2Stanford (8-4-1, 2-1-0) 0 0 = 0
Saves: Alex Gamble (Stanford) 5, Ashley Sulprizio (California) 6.Shots: Stanford 8 (Marisa Abegg 2, Martha West 2), California 11 (Dania Cabello 3).Shots on Goal: Stanford 6 (Marisa Abegg 2, Martha West 2), California 7 (Tracy Hamm 2, Caroline Lea 2)Corners: Stanford 4, California 5.Fouls: Stanford 7, California 4.Cards: None.Attendance: 1,064.