No. 10 Cal Ties No. 15 Cal State Fullerton, 0-0, in Double OT
Sept. 3, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 10 California and No. 15 Cal State Fullerton battled to a 0-0 tie through 110 minutes of soccer Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the Cal Invitational. The Golden Bears, who held a 12-3 shot advantage, are now 3-0-1 and have yet to allow a goal this season, while the Titans are 2-0-1.
'We tied the game, but it was our most complete game so far,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'We played our best soccer for the longest period of time. It maybe wasn't as pretty as the first half on Friday, but we were more productive with what we were trying to do. I'm happy that our defense is sound. Our back and midfield possession in the defensive third and middle third is sound. We have to work on the attacking third, and that isn't an unusual position to be in at this stage of the year. You're usually trying to complete the other things first.'
Cal State Fullerton's goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, who was named the tournament co-MVP with Cal's Nadia Al-Lami, secured eight saves including several on dangerous Cal chances.
Cal goalkeeper Anna Key made a spectacular save on a shot by Erica Janke with under-nine minutes to play in the second half to record her fourth shutout of the season. Janke's attempt was the Titans only shot on goal in the game, while the Bears launched nine.
'Our frontline's energy was very good,' said Boyd, who rotated six players up top. 'They have to find ways to get better chances.'
Cal held the Titans to no shots in the two overtime periods, while Ratican and redshirt junior midfielder Jenny Wendell notched shots for the Bears.
The teams were declared tournament co-champions by virtue of each team having a win and a tie Labor Day Weekend. Friday, Cal blanked Kansas, 1-0, and Cal State Fullerton posted a 2-1 victory over Saint Mary's.
Senior defender Alivia Mazura and junior defender Kristine Relja also earned spots on the all-tournament team for Cal. Cal State Fullerton's other selections were Janke and Lauryn Welch. Kansas' honorees were Estelle Johnson, Monica Dolinsky and Jessica Bush, while Saint Mary's McKenna Belzer and Ashley Dernbach were recognized.
In the tournament's consolation game this morning, Kansas defeated Saint Mary's, 4-2. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second minute on an unassisted goal from Lacey Novak, and Saint Mary's answered less than five minutes later with a goal from Belzer. After a 1-1 tie at the half, Kansas built a 4-1 advantage in the second half.
Cal returns to action at the Saint Mary's Fall Classic against Air Force Thursday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m.
Cal Women's Soccer Result#15 Cal State Fullerton 0 0 0 0 -- 0#10 California 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Shots: Cal 12 (Courtney Hooker 3, Lisa Kevorkian 3), CSF 3 (Erica Janke, Kristen Boujos, Candice Byler 1).Shots on Goal: Cal 9 (Katie Ratican 2, Valerie Barnes 2, Lisa Kevorkian 2), CSF 1 (Erica Janke 1).Saves: Cal 1 (Anna Key 1), CSF 9 (Karen Bardsley 8, Team 1).CK: Cal 3, CSF 1.Fouls: Cal 16, CSF 18.Offsides: Cal 2, CSF 0.Yellow Cards: Cal (Nkechi Kanu 22:47, Katie Oakes 32:53), CSF (Candice Byler 46:57, Lauren Cram 85:53).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 3-0-1, CSF 2-0-1.Attendance: 453.