SEATTLE – Washington had its chances, but in the end dropped a critical Pac-12 match to California, 1-0. The Dawgs (7-8-4, 3-3-3 Pac-12) fell back below .500 as the Golden Bears (10-4-5, 3-4-2) scored a second-half goal and hung on for the narrow victory.
"They are a tough team who has had their struggles lately,” said head coach Lesle Gallimore. “This was a meaningful game for both teams. It is just disappointing that we couldn’t muster any more going forward.”
The loss drops Washington back in the middle of the jumbled Pac-12 standings. The Dawgs also would not be eligible for NCAA selection with a record below .500. Luckily, the Dawgs can move back to .500 in the final game versus Washington State next week.
The Dawgs got off to a bit of a sluggish start, although the defense kept Cal off the scoreboard as well.
The first great chance for the Huskies was a near goal in the 32nd minute when a cross found the head of McKenzie Karas. She put the header on goal, but it was cleared off the line by a Cal defender. Isabel Farrell was there for the rebound and put that on goal as well, but again it was cleared. Although the ball was cleared it appeared to go over the line for a goal, but nothing was awarded. The Husky players screamed for the call to no avail.
Heading into the half, the game was tied 0-0. Cal outshot the Huskies for the half, 9-4, but Megan Kufeld did well, making five saves to keep a clean sheet. She would go on to make seven saves for the game and now has 84 saves on the year.
Cal got on the scoreboard in the 53rd minute with a goal from Celeste Boureille. Ifeoma Onumonu put a shot on target that Kufeld saved, but she was unable to secure it and the rebound went to Boureille who finished with a volley.
The goal put an air of desperation into the Huskies as they began to push players forward and play with more reckless abandon. For the half, Washington took six shots to six from Cal, while also taking the halves only three corners.
Lindsay Elston and Chelsea Archer each had shots, but the best chance came from Amanda Perez in the 88th minute. Perez ran onto a cross in front of the goal sliding to get her foot on it, but the shot went high.
It would be the last real chance for the Dawgs who dropped their second game of the week by a 1-0 score at home. The Huskies will wrap up the regular season on Friday when they host Washington State on senior day. The Cougars are coming off an upset of No. 7 Stanford and have won four in a row. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on November 8 for a game that will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.