Bears Roll Past Beavs In 2-0 Victory
CORVALLIS, ORE. – No. 25 California women's soccer recorded a road shutout in its match against Oregon State Thursday night, its seventh shutout of the season and sixth on the road in 2022. The win lifts the team's season record to 9-4-3 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
Angelina Anderson logged the 25th clean sheet of her career in the match, securing her second-place spot on Cal's all-time career shutouts list. Anderson was previously tied at No. 2 with Maite Zabala for her 24 career shutouts.
On Thursday night, Cal dominated the pitch in the first half of the match against OSU, controlling 54 percent of possession in the first 40 playing minutes. OSU took their only shot of the first half in minute three, but it soared over Anderson's net.
The Bears then took the lead in the 30th minute thanks to a beautiful goal by Skylar Briggs. Ayo Oke launched a free kick to the left side of the goal, setting up a powerful touch to the bottom center of the net by Briggs. This was Briggs' first career goal and Oke's sixth assist of the season.
Shortly thereafter, Oke extended the Bears' lead to give Cal the 2-0 advantage at the break. Oke fought off a Beaver defender and sent a rocket that bounced off the post into the top left side of the net. The goal was Oke's first of the season.
Cal continued to control the match in the second half, taking 12 shots while only allowing OSU to take two. The Beavers had an opportunity in the 70th minute when McKenna Martinez put pressure on the Cal defense, but her shot hit the crossbar and OSU remained scoreless.
Cal's defense once again had a strong showing in the second 45 minutes, as they have all season, maintaining the advantage and allowing the Bears' offense to be the aggressor. After the 90 minutes expired, Cal handed OSU a 2-0 final score in Corvallis.
The Bears will now travel to Eugene for their next road matchup of the weekend with the Oregon Ducks. The match is set for Sunday at noon at Pape Field and will be aired by the Pac-12 Oregon network.
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