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California Athletics | September 29, 2017

Cal extends unbeaten streak with double-overtime draw against Arizona State

The Cal Golden Bears are undefeated on their home field during the 2017 season.

BERKELEY, Calif. – One hundred and ten minutes was not enough to determine a winner on Thursday night, as California and Arizona State played to a 1-1 draw at Edwards Stadium. Abi Kim put the Golden Bears (8-1-1, 1-0-1 Pac-12) ahead in the 48th minute, but the visiting Sun Devils (4-4-2-, 1-0-1 Pac-12) equalized midway through the second half. Neither team was able to find the back of the net again, as the match remained a stalemate after two overtime periods.

With the tie, Cal extends its unbeaten streak to seven in a row and remains undefeated at home in 2017. This was the Golden Bears' second overtime match of the season, beating Sacramento State, 2-1, in double overtime on September 8.

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Both team's entered Thursday's match a perfect 1-0-0 in conference play. The first 45 minutes were scoreless, with both teams creating chances on the attack. Kim was active all afternoon and had success getting behind the Sun Devils defense. Arizona State was persistent in the counterattack and forced Cal goalkeeper Emily Boyd off her line on several occasions, punching away crosses and cutting off through balls. The Golden Bears outshot the Sun Devils, 6-3, in the first 45 minutes, but the teams headed to the locker room tied at 0-0.

The scoreline quickly changed in the opening minutes of the second half, as Kim put the Golden Bears ahead in the 48th minute. Senior defender Haley Lukas played a ball over the top that found a streaking Kim in the attacking third. The sophomore striker buried the breakaway chance for her fifth goal of the season and second career goal in Pac-12 play. It was the first assist of the year for Lukas, a senior tri-captain, who earned NSCAA All-Region honors last season.

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Cal continued to create in the attack, outshooting Arizona State, 13-6, in the second half and 23-10 on the game. However, the Sun Devil's defense was active in blocking shots and looks by Heather Walleigh and Luca Deza went just off target.

Arizona State pulled one back in the 70th minute, as senior Madison Stark tallied her first goal of the season. The Sun Devils earned a free kick in their attacking third and Angela Boyle got a foot on the second ball, slipping it through to Stark who finished from close range. Arizona State's goal was just the fifth Bears have conceded this season and the first since their double overtime match against Sacramento State, snapping a shutout streak of 409 minutes. Boyd, who is tied for sixth in conference history with 31 career shutouts, ended the night with one save while Nikki Panas made six stops for the Sun Devils.

The game opened up in the remained of regulation and into overtime. Arizona State had two corner kicks in the first extra period while Cal held a 4-1 advantage in shots.

The Golden Bears will be back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m., hosting Arizona. The Wildcats entered the weekend at 4-2-2 on the year and 1-0-0 in conference play before facing off against Stanford on Friday night.

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