Three different Golden Bear forwards scored as the No. 7 Cal women’s soccer team defeated Oregon State, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Cal improved to 9-4-1 overall (2-2 Pac-10), while the Beavers fell to 7-6-2 (0-4 Pac-10).
“We’ve been talking about adding some excitement and creating chances,” said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. “The goals will come. The other thing that’s a factor is that we’re the healthiest we’ve been so far this year, particularly in our frontline.”
All-American senior forward Laura Schott ignited Cal’s offense with her second goal in the last two games in the 23rd minute. Junior midfielder Kim Yokers served a long pass into the box and Schott got her head on the ball and looped it over Oregon State goalkeeper Jo Fletcher.
In the 64th minute, freshman forward Tracy Hamm gave the Bears a 2-0 margin when she ran onto a through ball from junior defender Amy Willison and scored from 15 yards for her eighth goal of the year. The score later proved to be her team-leading third game-winning goal.
Oregon State’s leading scorer, Courtney Carter, cut Cal’s lead to 2-1 with a score in the 74th minute from 12 yards out to the far post. Stacey Mescher got the assist on Carter’s sixth goal of the season.
On the ensuing kickoff, Schott found freshman forward Dania Cabello, who drilled an insurance goal from 18 yards.
After starting the weekend with no points, Schott now has six points from two goals and two assists.
Fletcher grabbed seven saves for the Beavers, while Post had four for the Bears.
• LOS ANGELES – The Cal men’s soccer team, ranked No. 13 by Soccer America, took its first Pac-10 loss of the season with a 2-1 loss to No. 6 UCLA (Soccer America) Sunday afternoon at Frank. W. Marshall Field. The defeat ended the Bears’ nine-game winning streak, the most consecutive wins in the all-time Cal record book.
The Golden Bears fell to 10-3-1 (3-1 Pac-10) as the Bruins improved to 8-1-2 (3-0 Pac-10).
First-half goals by Aaron Lopez and Matt Taylor gave the Bruins the edge over the Golden Bears. UCLA’s Aaron Lopez ended a scoreless tie in the 21st minute. Bruin defender Scot Thompson got the play started with a close-range shot that was saved by Cal goalkeeper Josh Saunders, but the rebound went to Lopez, who finished for his first goal of the season.
The Golden Bears broke through in the 40th minute when an Angel Quintero pass found Carl Acosta in front of the goal. Acosta slammed a shot past into the right corner of the net for his fifth goal of the year.
The Bruins came back minutes later on a breakaway in the 44th minute. A Tim Pierce pass to Matt Taylor on the left side resulted in the game-winner for Taylor, his fifth goal and second game-winner of the year. The Bears were unable to come up with an equalizer in the second half.