Bears Tamed By Wildcats
TUCSON, Ariz. - California fell 1-0 against Arizona on Easter Sunday following a double-overtime win over No. 16 Arizona State on Friday. The Golden Bears' record dropped to 5-4-1 (3-4-0 Pac-12) and Cal looks to rebound at home next weekend.
It was a sunny afternoon in the desert with two hydration breaks included in regulation due to 95-degree weather at Murphy Stadium. The Golden Bears had a slow start, with only one shot attempt in the first half. The Wildcats outshot the Bears 17-9 to hold Cal to a shutout.
"We are disappointed with today's result." said head coach Neil McGuire. "We went down early on an unfortunate own goal which gave Arizona the energy they needed in the first half. Credit goes to Arizona for their win. We are proud of the players for their fight in the second half, but we needed to execute better in the critical moments of the match. We will regroup and prepare for UCLA and USC."
Arizona took the lead early on in the 10th minute when Jill Aguillera sent a cross down to Jada Talley. Maya Evans blocked the cross momentarily, but, despite Evans' deflection, Talley pounced on the ball and scored to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead.
High pressure from the Arizona defense would keep the Bears out of their attacking third. The lone Cal shot of the first half came in the 12th minute, when Kailee Gifford hit a long-range blast. After the early goal from the Wildcats, Cal goalkeeper Angelina Anderson collected three saves in the first half to keep the damage to a minimum.
The Bears' attack found more momentum in the second half with three consecutive shot attempts in the first 10 minutes. Yet the Bears did not find their first shot-on-goal until the 52nd minute, when Kaylee Nguyen fired a ball from the top of the box that was saved by Arizona's Hope Hisey.
Cal had a dangerous opportunity in the 75th minute when Abena Aidoo snuck a pass through some Wildcat defenders to Rilee Harmon, who struck a shot that hit the left post. Harmon immediately gathered the rebound and sent another shot in but once again hit the post. The freshman midfielder's two shots would be the final Cal shots of the game.
Anderson finished the game with six saves, making that 16 saves for the weekend. The Bears leave Arizona with a 1-1 record in their last road trip of the season.
The Bears return home on April 9 to face the current conference leader UCLA on Witter Rugby Field at 12 p.m. Cal then faces another southern California team when USC comes to Berkeley on April 11 at 1:45 p.m.
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