California Defeats Cougar Soccer

Nov. 2, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. - California took advantage of a pair of bounces and knocked off Washington State 2-1 in a Pacific-10 women's soccer match Friday.

Courtney Hooker scored in the seventh minute from 35 yards out on a shot that hit the cross bar and went in the net for the Golden Bears' first goal. At the 71:36 mark, Valerie Barnes tallied the game-winner off a rebound of an Alex Morgan shot that hit the cross bar. California (11-5-0, 3-3-0 Pacific-10) entered the match ranked in three national polls including as high as 14th by Soccer America.

The No. 27 (Soccer Buzz) Cougars (10-3-3, 3-2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the third minute when Allison Scurich played a ball into the box and Brooke Bemis found the back of the net for her team-leading ninth goal of the season and 12th of her career. The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho native moved into a tie for 10th on the both the WSU single-season and Cougar career lists for goals.

Washington State, which was outshot 13-6, had a chance to tie in the 81st minute, but Scurich's shot was stopped by California goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini.

The Cougars travel to Stanford for a noon match Sunday. The Cardinal is ranked in the top five nationally in all four polls.

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