Cal Tops Dixie State In Home Opener, 2-0
BERKELEY - Jack Singer scored the gamewinning goal and Evan Davila got a goal and an assist in the California men's soccer team's 2-0 victory over Dixie State in Friday's home opener. After a defensive struggle in the first half, Cal scored twice in a span of 12 minutes in the second half to take control of the game.
Cal's record improved to 1-1-1. The Trailblazers' record now stands at 1-2-0.
The Golden Bears posted three shots – all on goal – in the first half, with Alonzo Del Mundo taking each one. But Dixie State goalkeeper Jakob Moore saved all three. The Trailblazers had five shots in the first 45 minutes, but Cal goalie Chris Gustini only had to make one save.
Cal got on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute, when a Davila shot was blocked from close range and Singer struck the rebound past Moore to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
In the 64th minute, Cal defender Christopher Grey sent a cross into the Trailblazers' box to find Davila, who scored his first goal of the season.
Dixie State recorded five shots the rest of the way, with Gustini only needing to save an 88th minute effort by Jimi Villasenor. While that was his only save of the half, Cal's veteran netminder snared several dangerous crosses by Dixie State in the second half.
"It was a good game today against an up and coming program in Dixie State," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "We will continue to prepare tomorrow for Sunday's match."
The Bears next host UNLV on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a nonconference game that will air on the Pac-12 Networks.