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Cal Drops Tilt Against ASU

Sep 29, 2022

TEMPE, ARIZONA – California women's soccer fell to Arizona State, 2-1, in a Pac-12 Conference road match on Thursday evening at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium.  
The Bears took an early lead with their earliest goal of the season in the 11th minute. Cal got into the box and drew a handball on a shot. Keely Roy stepped up to the spot and scored her fifth goal of the year and her third penalty kick conversion as she calmly stepped to the spot and played the ball to her right after sending the keeper the wrong way.
ASU answered in the 22nd minute with a free kick goal from just outside the box by Alexia Delgado to tie the game at one.
The Bears controlled the opportunities and the possession in the second half. However, against the run of play, Eva van Deursen scored for Arizona State in the 73rd minute off a cross to give ASU the 2-1 lead.
Cal (5-3-3, 0-2-0) controlled many of the chances throughout the game with a 10-4 advantage on corner kicks. Arizona State (6-0-2, 2-0-0) capitalized on two chances, but the Bears had a 16-10 advantage on shots and a 7-5 edge in shots on goal.
Angelina Anderson was called into action in the seventh minute as the Sun Devils got free down the right and Keri Matthews got in one-on-one with the Cal goalie, but Anderson came out, cut down the angle and made the save. The Bears responded with a great opportunity 30 seconds later as Karlie Lema got to the end line and played a cross to the left which found Mia Fontana. Fontana got around a defender and fired a left-footed shot that tested the keeper, but was saved.
Cal had a great opportunity in the 40th minute off a corner kick. The ball was played into the middle and the Bears pounced on the loose ball and almost created a deflection into the goal after a shot from Rilee Harmon.
The Bears controlled the opportunities coming out of halftime as Roy hit a knuckling shot from the right side of the box. Lema fired a shot from the top of the box and Fontana worked her way down the left flank with some nice moves. All of that happened in the first five minutes as the Bears started to control possession in the second half.
After ASU scored, the Bears immediately had an opportunity to get back even as Oke got to the byline on the right side and centered a ball, which Anysa Gray was able to get on the end of, but her shot couldn't find the target. Oke got down the right again just moments later as she took on the ASU defense and fired a shot that went across the face of goal and just wide.
Gray created another opportunity in the 81st minute as she split two defenders in the box, but her cross was cleared. Oke got the ball seconds later and fired a shot that forced an acrobatic save.
The Bears pushed for an equalizer in the final 10 minutes, recording four corner kicks after the 82nd minute, creating numerous chances. Courtney Boone had the final chance as she tried a shot from 20 yards out with 38 seconds left that went just over the bar.
The Bears will return to action on Sunday as they take on Arizona at 12 p.m. from Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium in Tucson. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Arizona. 
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