Takacs, Shropshire Lead California Past Lafayette

BERKELEY Megan Takacs posted a game-high tying four points and senior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made six saves to lead California to a 13-10 victory over Lafayette on a rainy Tuesday night at Witter Rugby Field. Takacs, a sophomore midfielder, scored three goals and collected one assist for the Golden Bears, who improved their record to 4-3 after the nonconference win. The Leopards' record fell to 1-5.

"I'm happy that we rebounded from our Northwestern game and had a little bit better finishing, especially in the first half," Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. "Both teams on the field tonight were very young, and especially in the second half you could see that on our team, just in unforced errors. But hopefully we can clear that up for our next few games."

Sophomore attacker Alexa Rozelle also tallied a hat trick for the Bears, who outshot the Leopards, 26-20, for the game and 15-8 in the first half, which featured a steady downpour. Rozelle put Cal on the scoreboard first by scoring a free-position goal just 31 seconds into the game. Junior midfielder Vail Horn tacked on an unassisted goal at 1:08 of the first half to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

After Katie Leto collected Lafayette's first goal at 2:55, Cal went on a 4-0 run, with two goals by Takacs (5:30 and 21:56), a strike by junior attacker Tara Arolla (8:06) and a goal by Horn (14:28), to take a 6-1 lead.

The Bears outscored the Leopards 3-1 to take a 9-2 lead at 25:42. But Lafayette put away the last three goals of the first half, and Cal took a 9-5 lead into halftime.

Takacs completed her hat trick with the first goal of the second half, though that goal didn't come until 44:13. Cal led 10-5 at that point. But Lafayette rebounded after halftime to outscore the Bears, 5-4, in the final period and put within three goals of Cal at 10-7 and 13-10.

"Takacs did well for us just running the midfield, being a workhorse, carrying the ball from our defensive end down into our attacking end and scoring three goals," Sherry said. "I thought she did a good job."

Cal ends its brief homestand with a game against Navy at noon on Thursday, March 17, at Witter Rugby Field. The Midshipmen improved to 8-1 after routing Fresno State, Cal's fellow MPSF squad, 22-6.


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