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Cal falls to Washington in game’s final minutes

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday October 09, 2000

SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 7 California women’s soccer team lost to No. 9 Washington, 2-1, in the 88th minute Sunday at Husky Soccer Field. The loss was Cal’s first of the season and dropped the Bears record to 11-1-1 (1-1 Pac-10), while the Huskies improved to 11-1 (2-0 Pac-10).  

“We didn’t play very well in the first half,” said Cal coach Kevin Boyd. “It looked a lot like Friday night. In the second half, we played very well but just couldn’t get another goal. We had some good chances. They just weren’t as dangerous as they should have been.”  

Washington jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 33rd minute off the foot of Malia Arrant, who received a pass from Suzanne Culpeper and scored from eight-yards out.  

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Cal wasted little time evening the score with an unassisted goal from sophomore All-America candidate Laura Schott on a 12-yard putback at 46:37. The goal was the forward’s team-best 17th of the season, tying her with Olympian Joy Fawcett for the second most goals in a season in Cal history. Schott now has 35 points on the year, which is the fourth best in school history.  

The game, which was very evenly played, appeared headed for overtime when Husky reserve Melissa Bennett tallied an eight-yard game-winning shot at 87:11.  

“It was a little disappointing to give one up late in the game like that,” said Boyd. “It was a very soft goal. We gave them an easy one. We haven’t given up a soft goal all year, so that’s something we’ll have to make sure doesn’t happen again.”  

This also was the first time all season Cal has given up more than one goal. UW held a slim 18-16 advantage on shots.  

Cal returns home next Sunday to host Stanford at noon, at Edwards Stadium.