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Cal Scores Season High In Wild 21-18 Loss To Arizona State

Mar 20, 2022
Liz Scott registered career highs of seven goals and nine points in Cal's offensive explosion on Sunday.

BERKELEY – Cal put together its' top offensive performance of the season behind career highs of seven goals and nine points from Liz Scott but came up just short in a 21-18 loss to Arizona State on Sunday at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. The 18 goals were the most scored by the Golden Bears this season.

"It's not about that at the end of the day," Scott said about her career-high numbers. "It's about winning and that 'W' is what I go for. If that means me putting the ball in the back of the net … But I'm here to win not to do a personal best."

"It was a very productive and confident offensive game for us today," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "Liz stepped up huge with her nine points, but we had 10 different point-getters so it wasn't just one or two players doing the whole thing. It's nice to see that distributed."

The Golden Bears led the wild and entertaining contest 11-8 at halftime but the Sun Devils outscored Cal, 10-2, in the third period to take an 18-13 lead into the final 15 minutes. Arizona State also scored the first three goals of the fourth period to increase its' margin to 21-13 before Cal registered the game's final five tallies. Scott had two of Cal's final five goals and assisted on two others. 

Scott was one of 10 Cal players to register points and one of seven to score goals. Maya Lawliss added three goals and two assists to match her career-high with five points, while Amanda Morse and Kennedy Mason each had a pair of goals with Morse adding an assist. Lily Berger, Megan Mix, Catherine Roxas and Nikki Zaccaro also each scored one goal, while Kennedy Goss and Quinnlyn Mason had an assist apiece.

Five different Arizona State players came up with a hat trick or more including Emily Glagolev, who put up 10 points on three goals and seven assists, with both the points and assists game highs. Carley Adams had a team-high five goals and an assist for the Sun Devils, while Taylor Pinzone picked up four goals and an assist, Emily Munro three goals and an assist and Mina Scott three goals. Maria Villanti added a pair of goals, while Kaylon Buckner contributed one. Katie Brodsky and Maddy Hunter each had an assist.

Arizona State connected on .636% of its shot attempts by making 21-of-33 attempts, while Cal had a .563% (18-of-32). Both teams had 25 shots on goal as well as 17 turnovers. Cal held a sizeable 11-2 advantage in free position shots and a slim 21-20 margin in draw controls, while Arizona State led in ground balls, 17-12.

Lawliss scored the first of the game's combined 39 goals with 13:32 remaining in the first period to give Cal an early 1-0 lead but Arizona State came back to go ahead 3-1 with three goals over a span of less than two minutes by Munro (11:57, unassisted), Glagolev (11:37, assist Adams) and Pinzone (10:00, assist Brodsky). Cal answered with three consecutive goals of its own from Scott (7:38, assist Lawliss), Berger (6:29, unassisted) and Morse (5:29, unassisted). Adams tied the contest at 4-4 with a woman-up goal with 0:09 remaining in the opening period after a yellow card on Roxas but Goss won the proceeding draw control and assisted Mix on a goal with a single tick left to put the Bears ahead, 5-4, after the first 15 minutes.

The teams traded the first two goals of the second period with an unassisted Pinzone tally with 14:43 answered by Morse with her own unassisted goal with 13:21 remaining. Arizona State regained a 7-6 lead on back-to-back Adams' goals (12:04, unassisted; 10:56, assist Glagolev) but Cal would score five of the final six goals of the half. Back-to-back tallies from Kennedy Mason (10:13, assist Morse) and Lawliss (9:16, unassisted) quickly put Cal back in front, 8-7. Arizona State would retie the game at 8-8 when Hunter fed Pinzone for a score with 7:46 to go before Scott got hot and tallied the final three goals of the half (5:53, unassisted; 1:10, assist Quinnlyn Mason; 0:04, assist Lawliss).

Cal's first halftime lead of the season quickly vanished when Arizona State scored eight of the 10 goals in the third period. After each team's Scott scored an unassisted goal (Arizona State's Mina Scott at 14:19; Cal's Liz Scott at 12:43), the Sun Devils would score the next seven. Villanti started the stretch on an assist from Munro (10:43) and also gave the Sun Devils their first second half lead at 13-12 on assist by Glagolev (9:10) with goals by Adams (10:14, assist Glagolev) and Glagolev (9:34, unassisted) sandwiched between. The Sun Devils extended their margin to 16-12 on an unassisted goal by Munro (8:31), another Adams' goal and Glagolev assist (8:10) and a Pinzone tally again from Glagolev (5:05). Zaccaro finally gave Cal its second and final goal of the period when she scored unassisted with 4:24 remaining. ASU finished the quarter with two more goals from Glagolev (1:29, assist Pinzone) and Buckner (0:42, unassisted).

Arizona State also started the fourth period with three consecutive goals from Munro (13:54, unassisted) and two by Mina Scott from Glagolev (13:32, 12:24) before Cal got the game's final five tallies from Lawliss (9:29, unassisted), Liz Scott (5:55, unassisted), Kennedy Mason (3:43, assist Liz Scott), Liz Scott (1:11, unassisted) and Roxas (0:07, assist Liz Scott).  

Flynn Murphy (1-0) picked up her first collegiate victory by playing the second half in goal after Sun Devil starter Katie Vahle allowed 11 of the 13 shots on goal she faced in the opening half to find the back of the net. Murphy finished with seven goals allowed and five saves. Riley Drullinger played the entire game between the pipes for Cal and had four saves.

"It was definitely a shootout today," head coach Brooke Eubanks said. "And the team that got more shots off was going to have a better opportunity to win the game."

Cal (0-9, 0-3 Pac-12) returns to action Friday by visiting Oregon (2-6, 0-3 Pac-12). First draw is scheduled for 5 pm PDT. Fans can watch the contest on Oregon Live Stream-3.