Top-ranked California narrowly defeats San Diego State 3-2 on Friday
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Top-ranked California (11-1-2, 5-0-1 Pac-12) defeated San Diego State (5-9-1, 2-5-1 Pac-12) 3-2 on Friday afternoon at Goldman Field, in what was head coach Kevin Grimes’ 150th career victory. The Bears scored a trio of goals in a six-minute flurry in the first half, including a pair from junior midfielder Seth Casiple. Midfielder Ryan Neil also added his first goal of the season in the win. San Diego State mounted a late comeback effort behind a pair of goals by midfielder Kody Duff, but Cal was able to finish the game off for its 11th win on the season.
It took the Bears just a quarter of an hour to open the scoring, as Neil received a pass from defender Mason Case and turned his defender to create space. He then beat another defender on the dribble before finishing well to the back post from just outside the penalty area to give Cal an early 1-0 lead.
In the 20th minute, the Bears doubled their lead, as Casiple tallied his first goal of the season. Junior defender Christian Dean collected the ball after an attempted clearance by the San Diego State defense and played it to the feet of Casiple. She then slotted the ball coolly to the near post to provide the home side with a 2-0 advantage.
The tandem of Dean and Casiple struck again almost immediately in the 21st minute, when Dean found Casiple inside the area. Casiple flicked the ball past a sprawling John Marcuzzo. Cal then took its 3-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Aztecs were held off of the scoresheet until the 80th minute of play, when midfielder Kody Duff notched his third goal of the campaign. He was played in by San Diego State’s point leader, Abraham Villon, and slotted the ball past Cal goalkeeper Justin Taillole to bring the Aztecs within two at 3-1.
Just three minutes later, Duff doubled his tally, converting on a penalty kick, to draw San Diego State within one. The Bears nearly pushed the match out of reach, but forward Stefano Bonomo’s effort to chip Marcuzzo in the 88th minute trickled just wide and Cal held on for their coach’s 150th win.
No. 4 UCLA 2, Stanford 1
STANFORD, Calif. -- Behind goals from freshmen Gage Zerboni and Nathan Smith, and a season-high seven saves from junior Earl Edwards Jr., UCLA defeated Stanford 2-1 on Friday night.
The Bruins are now 9-3-4 overall and 4-1-3 in Pac-12 play, moving them into sole possession of second in the conference with a showdown at Pac-12 leader California on Sunday. Stanford dropped to 7-5-2 overall and 1-4-1 in the conference with the loss.