Monmouth Beats Bears, 3-0
WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Two second-quarter goals led Monmouth to a 3-0 win over the California field hockey team Wednesday afternoon from So Sweet A Cat Field, completing Cal's three-match road trip.
The Golden Bears fell to 1-4, 0-3 on the season.
"This was a little bit unexpected," said the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead. "I categorize all the teams to be very close in the America East, and I expect a lot of one-goal games. There's things that are a little less tangible that we're trying to get better at like managing phases of the game and controlling the tempo when you need to. Things like that are actually coming together pretty well. All in all, there's a lot to look forward to."
After a tight defensive battle in the first quarter that only featured one shot taken, Monmouth scored twice in the second quarter. The Hawks got on the board first with a deflection off of a shot from a penalty corner. Monmouth increased its lead later in the quarter when the Hawks scooped up a loose ball near the circle and snuck a shot past Cal goalie Cato Knipping.
"Jane [Onners] made a nice save on their corner, but they were able to come up off of it and finish," Onstead said. "I wasn't that concerned after that one because we had a really good first quarter. They won the second quarter, had us on our heels a little bit. I thought we had plenty of time to get back in it. It was turning into a track meet up and down the field. I thought we might, just on fitness, get the upper hand if we kept them running. We just didn't get enough opportunities."
The Hawks added one more in the fourth quarter to clamp down on the victory.
Knipping was busy in goal, tying her season high with five saves. It was her second five-save performance of the road trip having also posted five stops against Maine.
Maddie Cleat and Jane Onners each recorded two shots, and Sara Stone took one, as well.
"Kiki [de Brujine] played really well today, just all over the field," Onstead said. "The effort overall from everybody has been fantastic. There's been no let down, and I'm really proud of the team for that."
The Bears return to the Bay Area for the final homestand of the season. Cal hosts UC Davis on Saturday, April 3, at 6 p.m. from Underhill Field followed by a non-conference match against Stanford on Tuesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. from Underhill Field.