Cal Shuts Out UC Davis, 2-0
BERKELEY - Sara Stone scored her first career goal and Brynn Zorilla deflected in an insurance goal to help California shut out UC Davis, 2-0, Friday night at Underhill Field in the Golden Bears' 2021 spring home opener.
The Bears got some revenge on the Aggies after UC Davis defeated the Bears, 2-1, last Sunday in the season opener.
"It feels nice with the progression this week," said the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead. "Last week was originally meant to be a scrimmage, and that kind of contributed to our rough start, but they really took on a lot on this week. They did great tonight."
Both of this season's contests against UC Davis featured every goal scored in the third quarter. On Friday, after a scoreless first half, Stone got the Bears on the board just 40 seconds into the second half. Stone drove to the cage, posted a shot on goal, collected the rebound and snuck her second shot past the keeper.
"I'm so excited for Sara," Onstead said. "I expect her to do things like that, so it was really nice for her to get her first one. We've played eight of our nine freshmen already, and we were down a few players who got injured during the week, so I'm really happy how they're progressing as a team through all of that."
In the 44th minute, Onners slapped a shot that Zorilla got her stick on to deflect past the Aggie goalie and increase Cal's lead to 2-0. It was Zorilla's fourth career goal after notching three as a sophomore in 2019. Onners earned her second career assist. She posted her first assist in the 2019 season opener against Quinnipiac.
Cal put the pressure on throughout the match, outshooting the Aggies, 13-7, including a first-half margin of 8-1. Onstead said the Bears worked on maintaining possession during practice this week.
Cato Knipping earned the shutout victory, and it was her first career shutout when she played all 60 minutes. She recorded three saves, including two in the fourth quarter when UC Davis was pressing to get back in the game.
The Bears hit the road for the first time next week for their next three matches. First up is a neutral-site matchup against Maine on the UMass-Lowell campus on Saturday, March 20, at 11:30 am PT.