No. 9 Cal Downs Oregon State, 4-0
Nov. 6, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior forward Liz Eisenberg posted two goals and an assist Sunday to propel No. 9 California to a 4-0 victory at Lorenz Field on the final day of the regular season. The Golden Bears boast a 14-3-2 overall record - their best mark since concluding the 2000 campaign at 17-3-1. Oregon State fell to 10-8-1 (3-5-1 Pac-10).
Cal improved to 7-1-1 in the Pac-10 (best ever Pac-10 record) and is in second place in the conference. If UCLA (6-0-2) loses or ties its contest against Arizona State (1 p.m. PT today), the Bears will win the Pac-10 title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Even without the automatic bid, Cal expects to receive its 13th postseason selection when bids are announced tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT.
Today, Eisenberg scored the only goal of the first half at 5:37, which later proved to be her sixth game-winning score of 2005. At the top of the box, senior forward Dania Cabello attempted to kick the ball toward the goal, but it deflected off an OSU defender to Eisenberg, who had an easy shot from eight yards out.
Eisenberg scored again early in the second half. Junior forward Julia Schnugg sent in a short cross from the right side. OSU junior goalkeeper Amy Johnson knocked it down, but Eisenberg pounced on the rebound and scored for her team-best 10th goal of the year at 49:49.
On the third goal at 56:45, Eisenberg dribbled down the left side of the field, and her cross over the middle was one-timed in by Cabello. It was Cabello's sixth goal of the season.
The fourth and final goal came at 73:23. Junior forward Katie Ratican sent a hard ball in from the left side, and sophomore midfielder Chioma Igwe greeted it at the far post with a one-time effort that found the back of the net for her first goal of the season.
OSU was outshot, 13-5. The Beavers, and sophomore forward Jodie Taylor specifically, had two excellent chances early in the game after Cal had taken a 1-0 lead.
'I have to give a lot of credit to Cal,' OSU Coach Steve Fennah said. 'In my opinion, they're the best Pac-10 team.'
As they did Friday, Cal goalkeepers Ashley Sulprizio (senior) and Anna Key (junior) teamed for the Bears' 13th shutout of the season - one short of the school record set in 1988. Neither goalie had to record a save. OSU's Johnson allowed two goals and made one save before Melissa Onstad finished the game by allowing two goals and making two saves.
Women's Soccer Results
#9 Cal 1 3 -- 4Oregon State 0 0 -- 0
Shots: Cal 13 (Katie Ratican 3), OSU 5 (Jodie Taylor 3).Shots on Goal: Cal 7 (Chioma Igwe 2, Liz Eisenberg 2), OSU 0.Saves: Cal 0 (Ashley Sulprizo, Anna Key 0), OSU 3 (Amy Johnson 1, Melissa Onstad 2).Corner Kicks: Cal 5, OSU 2.Fouls: Cal 16, OSU 13.Yellow Cards: Cal none, OSU (Jodie Taylor 21:46). Red Cards: None.Offsides: Cal 3, OSU 1.Records: Cal 14-3-2 (7-1-1 Pac-10), OSU 10-8-1 (3-5-1 Pac-10).Attendance: 235.