Aug. 28, 2010

BERKELEY - The No. 18/25 California women's soccer team and No. 8/10 Santa Clara added more fuel to their already heated Bay Area rivalry with a 0-0 double-overtime draw on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears (1-0-2) out shot the Broncos (2-0-1), 18-5, in front of a season-high 407 fans.

"The team deserves tremendous credit," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "Santa Clara came out with a plan to try to thwart our attack and gave us very little space in the back. Our players were very patient but they were also very diligent in the way that they tried to attack. I'm very, very proud of them."

The game had the same ending in terms of records to the 1-1 double overtime draw between the Broncos and Bears last season. However, in the 2010 rematch, the Bears' 13-shot margin reflects a much different match than when the Broncos out shot Cal, 14-11, last season.

"It's always been a tough match with Santa Clara," senior Megan Jesolva noted of the rivalry. "In years past, we've come out on top but this year but we fought until the end."

Senior forward Alex Morgan had a match-high seven shots, taking three on goal. For Santa Clara, Sarah Jackson had the squad best of three. The match saw the referee issue four yellow cards, three of which were on Broncos.

Freshman keeper Emily Kruger played all 110 minutes in goal, making her first collegiate. Kruger was credited with three saves, but those numbers are not indicative of how instrumental Kruger was in stopping the Bronco offensive attacks.

Friday's game represented the first ranked opposition for the Bears in 2010.

"We left it out on the field," Jesolva said. "It's not really the outcome that we want, but it is one step forward in the right direction."

Morgan registered the first shot of the game with one that went wide left of a pass from Betsy Hassett.

There was a clear momentum shift towards the end of the first half. With 6:28 remaining on the clock, Danielle Brunache fired off a shot that Santa Clara keeper Bianca Henninger was able to punch out, awarding Cal a corner kick. Senior co-captain Emily Shibata took that corner kick, crossing it into fellow senior Megan Jesolva, who shot it wide right.

The Bears had the final play of the first half when Morgan fired one into the goal with 1:43 left, but Henninger was there to make the save, diving to the right. The pass to Morgan came off a dynamic break from freshman Grace Leer to Hassett to Morgan.

In the first overtime period, the Bears retained control for the majority of the 10 minutes. From 3:33-2:15, Cal took two shots and one corner. With 3:33 on the board, freshman Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick fired on off that the SCU defense block, giving Cal a corner. Jesolva took the corner on the near side and crossed it into Hassett, who shot it just high.

Morgan had the last look of the game in the 109th minute with a shot that missed wide. In the second overtime period, the Bears had two shots to Santa Clara's nil.

The Bears host their annual California Invitational over Labor Day Weekend. Friday, Sept. 3 will see a neutral-site game between San Francisco and Hawaii at 1:30 p.m. before the Bears take to the field versus Rice at roughly 4 p.m. USF and Rice will meet in the early game on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. Cal closes the weekend with a 3 p.m. match against Hawaii. All of the games will be free and played at Edwards Stadium.