Cal Takes Early Lead But Falls To No. 7 Washington
SEATTLE - The California men's soccer team got on the scoreboard first thanks to an early Alonzo Del Mundo goal, but the Golden Bears wound up losing to No. 7 Washington, 2-1, on Saturday at the Husky Soccer Stadium.
The loss snapped the Bears' four-game unbeaten streak and dropped their record to 3-4-1 (3-4-1 Pac-12). UW improved to 9-2-0 (6-2-0 Pac-12).
At the 13:32 mark, Cal defender Tate Dolan crossed into the Washington box to find Del Mundo. The junior forward nodded the ball past Huskies' goalkeeper Sam Fowler to give Cal a 1-0 lead on his first goal of the season.
But Cal held the lead for less than 10 minutes, as Washington was awarded a penalty kick at 23:15. Dylan Teves converted the spot kick to tie the game.
In the 59th minute, the Huskies' Lucas Meek scored from close range to give the hosts the lead.
Cal took three shots after that and had a good scoring opportunity in the 72nd minute. Francisco Perez dribbled the ball from midfield into the attacking third and passed to Christian Gomez in the box. Gomez tried to shoot or cross the ball, but a Husky blocked his effort. Gomez passed back to Perez just outside the box, and the senior midfielder took a shot that went wide.
The last Cal shot came in the 83rd minute. Leading up to it, a JJ Foe Nuphaus' throw-in found forward Nate Carrasco deep in the UW six-yard box. The freshman forward chested the ball down, spun and fired, but Fowler made the save.
"We played a fairly strong game today and felt in great position after going up 1-0," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "They are a good side and took their chances well today. Our chances were also quite good, and we didn't convert like we have recently."
The Bears return to Berkeley to host San Diego State on Saturday, April 10, at 7 p.m., in their last regular-season home game of the season. Cal closes the regular season on April 17 at UCLA.