Cal Outlasts Santa Clara in Shootout, Advances to NCAA Third Round
Nov. 22, 2005
BERKELEY - The California men's soccer team advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after two exciting scoreless overtime periods and a dramatic shootout victory over Santa Clara in front of a crowd of 1784 at Edwards Stadium Tuesday afternoon. Seventh-seeded Cal won the shootout 5-4.
The Bears are advancing to the round of 16 for the first time since 2002 and for just the second time in school history.
'I think it was a day where both teams had an equal chance,' said head coach Kevin Grimes. 'Calen (Carr) hit the goal twice in the first half and they did twice in the second half. It was an exciting game; both teams left it on the field.'
The game saw plenty of scoring opportunities with Santa Clara and Cal combining for 46 shots, including a variety of ricochets and close calls. Both teams were equally tough on defense, deflecting shots that came inside the penalty box.
Cal fought off several Santa Clara threats, which included 14 shots on goal. Cal's senior keeper Eric Kronberg recorded nine saves overall.
The game was decided by penalty kicks. Cal was 5-for-5 on their efforts. Santa Clara scored on their first four attempts. A fifth try by the Broncos sailed wide left, clinching the victory for the Bears.
'This week of training we worked on penalty kicks, that helped my confidence,' said Kronberg. 'As soon as penalty kicks came I thought we could win the game.'
Cal advances to the next round with a 13-3-3 record while Santa Clara closes its season at 13-6-3.
The Bears play Wake Forest on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium. Wake Forest defeated Old Dominion, 2-1, Friday evening.
Tickets for Saturday's game will be on sale Saturday at Edwards Stadium, beginning at 12:30 p.m., on the corner of Bancroft and Fulton.
Shootout SummaryCal: Tyson Wahl (goal)Santa Clara: Peter Lowry (goal)Cal: Andrew Felder (goal)Santa Clara: Eric Irvine (goal)Cal: Steve Purdy (goal)Santa Clara: Hector Guzman (goal)Cal: Pieter Berger (goal)Santa Clara: Kelechi Igwe (goal)Cal: Mike Oseguera (gaol)Santa Clara: Mehdi Ballouchy (miss)
Shots: Cal X13 (Carr, 6), Santa Clara 23 (Lowry, 4).Shots on Goal: Cal 4, Santa Clara 9Saves: Cal 9 (Eric Kronberg 9), Santa Clara 4 (Eric Sweeney, 4).CK: Cal 4, Santa Clara 2.Fouls: Cal 11, Santa Clara 16.Offsides: Cal 7, Santa Clara 5.Yellow Cards: Santa Clara-Erik Ustruck (44:56); Cal-Andrew Felder (105:00)Red Cards: NoneRecords: Cal 13-3-3, Santa Clarax 13-6-3Attendance: 1784.