Women's Soccer Held Off by Cal, 1-0

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Head Coach Darren Ambrose interview (Youtube.com)

BERKELEY, Calif. -The Penn women's soccer team pushed its highly regarded opponent for 90 minutes on Friday afternoon, but a Cal goal midway through the first half ended up being enough as the Golden Bears edged the Quakers, 1-0, at Edwards Stadium.

Cal's goal came in the 22nd minute. Ifeoma Onumonu ran the ball down the right side, and was able to send a short cross from just along the end line. The cross ended up in front of the goal on the feet of Betsy Hassett, and among a trio of Penn defenders she was able to push a shot past Sarah Banks' right side inside the post.

Penn had its chances in the first half. In particular, Megan York was a menace up front for the Quakers. She had the best opportunity to tie the match, getting behind the defense and then shaking off a defender to get a 1-on-1 chance with the goalie. York was at a low angle, however, and put her shot wide of the far post.

The confidence gained by its play in the opening 45 minutes carried over. Penn again pressed the play on the Golden Bears, but were a little too ambitious at times with several offsides calls.

The Quakers' best chance came with a little more than 17 minutes left in regulation. Off a corner kick that was played short, a scramble in front of the goal put the ball on Scalora's foot about 12 yards out. She was rushed, however, and in her haste she got a little too much under the ball and put it over the bar.

Callan Parra had a chance to equalize with about 10 minutes left, but her shot was stopped on a diving save by Emily Kruger.

Cal ended the game with a 13-10 shot advantage on Penn, and an 8-6 edge in corner kicks. Both Banks and Kruger finished the match with three saves.

Penn has one more game on this trip to the West Coast; the Quakers are at Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. (4 Eastern).

Download: Penn05 (@Cal).pdf