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Buffs Fall in Berkeley

Oct 27, 2022

BERKELEY, Calif. – Three first-half goals proved enough for the No. 25 California Golden Bears to defeat the Colorado Buffaloes, 4-0, at Edwards Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
 
Colorado drops to 8-6-4 overall and 2-4-2 in the Pac-12 Conference. Cal improves to 10-4-4 on the season and 5-3-1 in the conference.
 
The Buffs conceded goals in the 25th, 30th and 33rd minutes and could not recover from the deficit. CU was on its heels from the start, getting outshot 14-1 in the first half. The Golden Bears would add to the shot advantage in the second half, closing the day 25-5.
 
Bella Grust, making her second consecutive start, was busy in the afternoon. She made seven saves, including a penalty stop that momentarily kept the game at 1-0.
 
"Credit to Cal," head coach Danny Sanchez said after the match. "We knew the importance of this match and maybe we were just a little too tight at the beginning of the game. We dug ourselves a hole that was difficult to come out of on the road. Having said that, the game was 1-0 and we gave up a penalty that Bella makes a great save on and we don't track in [the rebound]. Instead of it maybe being 1-0 at halftime it just balloons from there."
 
How it happened
California got out to a fast start, getting two shots in the first three minutes of the contest. The Golden Bears earned four corner opportunities in the opening 22 minutes before the opening goal.
 
Cal broke through in the 25th, with Noelle Bond-Flasza picking up the eventual game-winner. The opportunities kept coming for the Golden Bears and a handball inside the box led to the penalty. Grust made a diving save on Keely Roy, but the Buffs couldn't win the race to the rebound and Roy put it back in the empty net.
 
Cal added its third goal just four minutes later and took a 3-0 lead into the half.
 
"When we won the ball we were just giving it away too easy," Sanchez said of CU's possession. "We didn't have enough movement off the ball and sometimes when you need to defend for long stretches you fall into bad habits. I thought in the second half we moved the ball better and created a couple of half chances. It was going to be tough to get back in the game but we wanted to build some momentum for the weekend. I thought there were some good performances in the second half and we have to take those positives and get ready for Stanford."
 
The Buffs got a chance in the 69th minute when Shyra James flicked a ball in on Angelina Anderson. That would be the lone save of the day for the Cal goalkeepers, as Teagan Wy finished the match without making a save.
 
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The Buffs will look to rebound on Sunday against No. 7 Stanford (1 p.m. MT).
 
Notes: Thursday was CU's first loss at Cal since 1996…The Buffs are now 4-2-1 all-time in Berkeley and 5-5-3 overall against the Golden Bears…Colorado is 0-2-3 this season against ranked opponents.