Twelfth-ranked California remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory over 10th-ranked Wake Forest Friday at the Wake Forest/Nike Invitational at Spry Stadium. Cal is 6-0 for the first time since opening the 1988 season with the same record, while the Deamon Deacons dropped to 4-2.
The Golden Bears struck first with an unassisted goal in the 23rd minute off the foot of junior striker Kyla Sabo.
The Deamon Deacons tied the game at 1-1 and ended the Bears streak of five-consecutive shutouts in the 29th minute with a goal from Joline Charlton. Charlton got behind Cal’s defense and deposited a pass from Emily Taggart into the back of the net.
Charlton’s goal ended a string of 478 minutes and eight seconds of scoreless Cal goaltending dating back to last season.
The score remained tied at halftime with Cal holding a 7-3 advantage on shots.
Cal senior defender Tami Pivnick nailed the game-winning goal on a free kick from 25 yards at 58:28. Her shot sailed towards the Deacons wall and nicked off one a forward’s head as it drifted into the goal. The Bears defense held off the Deacons’ attack for the victory.
“We got a little aid from an inexperienced keeper,” admitted Boyd. “No one here knew we were as good as we are. We beat the No. 10 or No. 14 team in the country depending on which poll you’re going by. We know we can play this way every game.”