Sept. 25, 2009

Courtesy of Cal

BERKELEY - The No. 7 California women's soccer team lost a hard-fought overtime match to Cal Poly, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears outshot the Mustangs, 25-8, marking the seventh time this season that Cal has outshot its opponent. The loss was only the Bears' second of the year, bringing them to 6-2-0 overall while the Mustangs improve to 5-4-0.

One of Cal's closest shots came with 5:22 to play in the regulation, when junior forward Alex Morgan took a shot that barred out off the top. The Mustangs fired off two shots and the Bears had one in the final minute of the second half, but neither could poke one through and forced overtime. Cal Poly's Whitney Sisler netted the golden goal at 92:18 with a shot from the right off a cross from Bria Park.

The loss is the first overtime game that Cal has seen this season. The Bears still hold the all-time advantage, 3-2-0, against the Mustangs. The previous most recent meeting between Cal and Cal Poly was also an overtime game - a 2-1 Cal victory on Oct. 3, 1997.

Morgan paced the Bears with four shots on goal (eight in total) while Munoz had two (four all together). Senior goalie Rosie Aguilera made two stops in the box for the Bears. With its 25 shots, Cal forced the Mustang keeper to make a total of nine saves. The Bears earned six corner kicks to the Mustangs' one. The Bears limited Cal Poly to just three shots on goal.

The Bears took their first shot 45 seconds into the game with Morgan firing one off that was blocked by the Cal Poly defense. Morgan took Cal's first three shots of the game, all of which came in the first 19 minutes of play.

The 29th minute of play was a highly offensive one for Cal, with two corner kicks and three powerful shots that went just high. The Bear defense was strong in the first half - only allowing three shots. Freshman defender Rachel Clark and sophomore defender Kaitlin Paletta had two key clears each that out rightly denied the Mustang offensive.

With 4:44 to play in the first half, junior midfielder Emily Shibata bent a ball in from the right side, but it went high. Then, sophomore forward Camellia Senemar dribbled around her defender and had a solid pass into senior midfielder Katie Oakes, but the Cal Poly defense swarmed Oakes and she could not get the shot off. Shortly thereafter, Oakes did take a shot on goal, but the Mustang keeper Coral Hoover had her eye on the kick and made the save.

Sophomore midfielder and Icelandic national team player Katrin Omarsdottir hooked the ball on a shot at 33:18 in the second half, but it was blocked. Just after Omarsdottir's shot, sophomore midfielder, Zulma Munoz took two shots on goal - one of which was blocked and the later was saved by Hoover.

The Golden Bear offensive kept Cal Poly especially on its toes from the 60th-63rd minutes with three shots. Sophomore defender Danielle Brunache kicked things off with a shot that went left. Morgan took one with 29:27 that was saved and freshman forward Samantha Morgan fired one off with 27:20 remaining that Hoover stopped.

Things looked bright for the Bears with 23:07 left on the clock, when Walker passed to Morgan, who took a shot on the near side but the shot did not get past the Mustang goalie, but it did earn Cal a corner. Shibata took the corner, and senior defender Brianna Bak fired a shot off but it a Mustang defender made the block.

Bak rejected Cal Poly's second attempt of the second half with 16:20 remaining in regulation, when Bak blocked a Mustang attempt to cross the ball into the box. In the 77th minute, Brunache stopped Cal Poly's Morgan Miller from movement, controlling the ball at the goal line to give the Bears possession.

Senior goalie Rosie Aguilera made a key defensive play with 6:56 remaining when she grabbed the ball with six Mustangs hot in pursuit. Morgan's shot that hit the cross bar in the 85th minute was Cal's last second to last shot of regulation before sophomore defender/forward Miranda White took a last-ditch shot with two seconds on the clock. The goal in the 93rd minute was the first action of overtime, and Cal Poly took home the 1-0 win.

Next weekend, the Bears close out their nonconference slate with two games. Cal will host Sacramento State on Friday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, and then make the short trip to perennial powerhouse No. 8 Santa Clara on Sunday, Oct. 4 in the South Bay.