No. 14 Cal Sweeps Through Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. - Cal defeated Oregon 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Ducks at Papé Field after they upset No.3 Stanford on Friday.
The Bears improve to 2-0-0 following a 3-1 win against Oregon State to open the season on Friday night. Oregon falls to 2-1-1, 1-1-0 Pac-12
"We are very pleased with the result today, as it could have gone either way," said 14-year Cal head coach Neil McGuire. "It is not easy to win on the road in the Pac-12. Coach Abel has done an outstanding job with his team and we were tested by an excellent Oregon team."
Cal took a late lead in the 70th minute on a goal from senior striker Emma Westin, assisted by Lily Arbabaraghi.
The Bears offense maintained a fast pace throughout the match, keeping the action consistently in Oregon's final third. Cal out-shot the Ducks, 10-8, with sophomore transfer Keely Roy collecting five shots, three of them being on target. Cal was the first to get a shot on target in the 23rd minute on a laser from Roy that was saved by Oregon keeper Leah Freeman.
The Cal defense earned its first clean sheet of the season, after a 10-shutout season in 2019. Defenders Maya Evans and Sydney Collins led the Cal backline and played all 90 minutes of the match. Oregon's first shot-on-goal attempt was not until the 40th minute, which was saved by Cal goalkeeper Angelina Anderson. The Ducks made two more attempts on target in the second half, resulting in three total saves for Anderson.
With the game-winning goal, Westin collected her second score of the weekend after making a penalty shot and assisting on a goal against Oregon State.
"It always feels good to score and to be able to help the team in any way that I can so it feels great," Westin said. "But what's most important is that we won both our games this weekend and that the team had two good performances, so that's what I'm most happy about!"
The Bears look to continue the win streak with the home opener on Friday, Mar. 5 against Colorado (3-0-1, 0-0-1 Pac-12) at 3 p.m. on Witter Rugby Field, which will serve as Cal's home for the 2020-21 spring season. The weekend closes with a match against Utah on Sunday, Mar. 7 at 3 p.m.