Cal Nets Four Unanswered Goals in Win over UW
Oct. 20, 2006
SEATTLE - Kelly Menachof and Katie Ratican each scored twice for California, which tallied four unanswered goals Friday to defeat Washington 4-1 in a Pac-10 women's game at Husky Soccer Field.
Washington's record fell to 6-9 and 1-3 in Pac-10 play. The Golden Bears picked up their first conference win, improving to 1-2-2 with an 8-3-4 overall mark.
The Huskies scored first on sophomore Melissa Beal's fifth-minute goal off a through pass from Jenna Robison (Livermore, Calif.). Beal dribbled into the right side of the box before firing a 16-yard strike that deflected off the left post and into the goal at 4:24. That was the team-leading fourth goal of the season for Beal (Portland, Ore.), matching her team-high total from last season.
'The opening goal was great,' UW coach Lesle Gallimore exclaimed. 'We came out playing hard. I don't think our team thought we were just going to sit on a 1-0 lead for 85 minutes and try to win it. But, we then gave up a very poor goal with a girl dribbling through people.'
California quickly equalized. Menachof maneuvered through the UW defense, but had her initial shot carom of the left post and trickle along the goal line. She beat everyone else to the rebound and pushed it into the net at 8:45.
The Bears capitalized on a foul call just outside the UW box for what proved to be the winning goal. Ratican lofted a 25-yard free kick that deflected off a player in the Huskies' defensive wall and carried just under the crossbar at 23:22.
Ratican struck again in the 72nd minute with her team-leading fifth goal. She served a 30-yard shot from the left side into the upper right corner. Caitlin Hannegan was credited with an assist on the play.
Menachof capped the scoring at 76:36 on an unassisted goal. She dribbled through the left side of the box and snuck a shot inside the left post from a sharp angle for her third goal of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) registered three saves for the Huskies, who were out shot 13-11. Cal's Ann Key had one save.
'It's a game of finishing. They finished four-for-13 and we finished one-for 11,' said UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'That's how the game of soccer goes.'
The win was California's first since 1992 at Washington, which had won its previous six home games in the series. Gallimore, a 1986 Cal graduate, has a 9-4 record against her alma mater while coaching the Huskies.
Injuries have devastated the Huskies, leaving them with only 14 field players. UW played just three reserves while six non-starters saw action for Cal.
'The story of the game for us is that we just got fatigued,' Gallimore concluded. 'There are limited things you can do, but I still feel as a coach that I can do a better job in our substitution pattern.
'I need to do a better job of player management. We have a limited number of players and when we get fatigued, we need to inject fresh energy.'
The Huskies remain at home to host Stanford, Sunday at noon.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Field; Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Oct. 20, 2006
California 4, Washington 1
Shots -- CAL 13, UW 11.
Saves -- CAL 1 (Anna Key), UW 3 (Kelsey Rasmussen).
Corner Kicks -- CAL 3, UW 0.
Fouls -- CAL 17, UW 13.
Offsides -- CAL 2, UW 0.Attendance -- 843.
Records -- Washington 6-9-0, 1-3 Pac-10, California 8-3-4, 1-2-2 Pac-10.