PULLMAN, Wash. - The California women’s soccer team opened the 2000 Pac-10 season with a 2-1 victory over Washington State Friday at the Cougar Soccer Field, as forward Laura Schott continued her blistering scoring pace with both goals for the Golden Bears.
The seventh-ranked Golden Bears continued their undefeated season, improving to 11-0-1 (1-0 Pac-10), while the Cougars dropped to 8-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.
“In the first half, we were a little flat,” Cal coach Kevin Boyd said after the match. “We were up 1-0, but we weren’t putting everything together. Two things we needed were better possession out of our central midfield and better communication. In the second half, we settled down and played like we normally do. At that point, we took control of the game. There were at least two or three other chances we should have scored on in the second half.”
All-America candidate Schott continued to provide the offensive spark for Cal. The sophomore put the Bears up 1-0 with a goal in the 11th minute when she collected a ball midfielder Kim Stocklmeier had flicked on over the defense and slotted the ball past WSU goalkeeper Sara Leibowitz.
Cal held a 1-0 advantage until WSU tied the game on a goal by forward Deka DeWitt against the run of play at 54:17.
Schott put the Bears up for good at 72:18 when she found the back of the net from 15 yards out after receiving a pass from sophomore midfielder Brittany Kirk.
Schott leads Cal with 33 points, surpassing her team-leading 30 points as a freshman with eight regular season games remaining.
After being outshot 10-9 in the first half, Cal held a commanding 14-2 edge in the second period.
Cal has a critical test at No. 9 Washington Sunday at noon at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle. The Huskies, who enter the weekend at 9-1, face Stanford at home Friday evening.