Denver Escapes California in Double Overtime

BERKELEY – California outscored Denver, 6-2, in the second half of regulation to push Friday's game to overtime at 10-10, but the Golden Bears eventually fell, 11-10, as the Pioneers claimed sudden victory in the second overtime period on a rainy afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Melissa Maier scored the winning goal at 67:51 for Denver. The Golden Bears dropped their record to 3-7 (0-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), while the Pioneers improved 8-4 (2-0 MPSF).

Cal attempted to take the last shot of the first overtime and held the ball for close to two minutes late in the period. But a turnover eventually led to two Denver shots and to the second overtime, in which the Pioneers prevailed.

“It's still just game management,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “We're trying to be smart about putting ourselves in a good position to have that last shot, so Denver can't get draws and they can't have any opportunities. We just can't be struggling to possess for that long a period of time. We'll go until the last few seconds and turn the ball over. I think it's mental right now. Everyone having one mental lapse throughout the game is hurting us right now. We're a good team. We've got some good athletes, they're getting smarter and they're executing. They're good players.”

Senior midfielder Alyse Kennedy scored a hat trick and sophomore midfielder Vail Horn collected one goal and two assists for the Bears. The Pioneers' Ali Flury led all scorers with five points (3 goals, 2 assists).

Denver scored the game's first two goals and scored four of the first five goals overall to take a 4-1 lead over the Bears, whose lone early strike was the first of Kennedy's goals off an eight-meter shot at 6:26.

Senior midfielder Alex Tickner scored an unassisted goal at 17:42 and Horn converted an eight-meter shot at 19:28 to pull Cal within one of Denver at 4-3. But the Pioneers scored four of the last five goals of the first half to take an 8-4 lead into halftime. Freshman Alexa Rozelle scored Cal's goal during that stretch at 23:59.

Cal ran off four straight goals to open the second half and tie Denver at 8-8. Freshman midfielder Camilla Hayes scored an unassisted goal at 33:00, freshman Melissa Humphrey scored twice (33:50 and 36:58) and Kennedy scored her second goal of the game (43:59) for the resurgent Bears.

Denver sandwiched two of the next three goals around a Chapin Jackson strike (55:21) to take a 10-9 lead at 55:51. But Horn set up Kennedy at 56:59 to knot the score at 10 apiece and send the game to overtime.

Neither team could score in the first overtime period, with Denver notching two shots to Cal's one. Cal sophomore attacker Allie Welsh took the first shot in the second overtime, but Denver goalkeeper Ashley Harman saved it at 66:49.

Flury set up Maier's winning goal 1:51 into the second overtime, and Denver won in sudden victory, 11-10.

Junior goalie Allie Shropshire made six saves for the Bears, while Harman made 4 saves for Denver.

“Melissa Humphrey stepped up,” Sherry said. “She was really good on our draw controls [with 3] and in getting us possession, which was huge. Camilla Hayes came in and gave us a boost. We're dealing with a lot of injuries right now, so a lot of people stepped up. Chapin Jackson is another one who just came back from an injury herself and stepped right into someone else's spot. We had people stepping up all over the field, but it was not quite enough.”

Cal next hosts No. 11 Stanford at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 4, at Memorial Stadium. The Bears will honor its four seniors – Kennedy, Tickner, DennaFaye Herald and Catie O'Mahoney – prior to the match as part of Senior Day.

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2010-04-02



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