Cal Takes Down Quakers
BERKELEY – California women's soccer completed a dominant week with a 3-0 win over Penn on Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Cal scored three times in a 12-minute span at the beginning of the second half to ensure victory and run their unbeaten streak to eight matches.
The Bears (5-1-3) handed Penn (2-1-5) their first loss of the year with a dominant home display that wrapped up non-conference play with only a single defeat in nine matches. The Bears outshot the Quakers 13-4 and had an 8-3 advantage on corners.
Cal found the breakthrough just after halftime after a beautifully worked play down the right flank. Noelle Bond-Flasza received the ball and played a one-time pass down the line to a streaking Ayo Oke. Oke collected the ball and whipped a ball into the middle where Ari Manrique was able to get a foot on it to tap it past the keeper and give the Bears the lead.
Eight minutes later, Jadyn Shinn added a second goal for the Bears as she tapped home a corner kick. Kailee Gifford took the kick from the right corner and Shinn met the ball with a volley inside the six yard box.
Less than four minute later the Bears made it 3-0 from a free kick. Anysa Gray won the free kick on the left flank just outside the box. Manrique took the free kick, playing a low ball through the six-yard-box which Paige Metayer was able to flick home to give the Bears an insurmountable lead.
The first half was a low-event affair as the two teams combined for only six shots and two shots on goals, although the Bears did create five corner kicks in the first frame. Cal made up for it with a dominant second half to secure the win.
Karlie Lema had the best chance of the first half late in the frame as she received a beautiful reverse pass from Noelle Bond-Flasza on the run and fired a left-footed shot from the top of the box that went just wide.
Angelina Anderson made two saves and Teagan Wy made one save as Cal's goalie tandem secured their fourth consecutive shutout. The Bears have not allowed a goal in the past 374:20 of game action. Anderson played 72:42, while Wy replaced her for the final 17:18. Each played 45 minutes in Cal's last game against UNLV. While Anderson had consecutive shutouts in the two games before that.
Overall, 23 different players saw the field for the Bears. Aaliyah Schinaman made her collegiate debut as she played the final five minutes.
The Bears will return to action on Friday evening as they open Pac-12 play at UCLA. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. from Los Angeles and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
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