April 17, 2009

Everett's OT Goal Lifts Cal Over Ducks

from press release

BERKELEY, Calif. - Molly Everett converted an eight-meter shot in the third overtime to give California a 13-12 sudden victory over No. 18 Oregon on Friday at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears had built a six-goal lead in the second half, but the Ducks outscored Cal, 7-1, the rest of the second half to send the game to overtime at 11-11. Both teams scored once in the second OT before Everett's goal decided it with 15 seconds remaining in the third overtime. Senior goalkeeper Morgan Dyson made a career-high 16 saves against the Ducks in her final home game in Berkeley. Cal's record improved to 6-10 (4-2 MPSF), while Oregon's record moved to 10-4 (3-2 MPSF).

"I'm really proud of my team," Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. "They worked very hard through the obstacles we faced this season. We really pulled through today and worked as a team, whereas in the past we struggled with playing as individuals, and that was the story for today: We worked today and made it happen. We had different lines set up for subbing, we had different people score who are not usually high scorers, so it was really fun to see people step up."

The Bears needed to defeat Oregon by more than two goals to clinch the No. 2 seed in next week's MPSF Tournament. However, an Oregon win over Saint Mary's (3-11, 1-4 MPSF) on Sunday, April 19, would tie the Ducks with Cal and Denver with a 4-2 MPSF record each. That would give Oregon the No. 2 seed and a first-round tournament match with winless Fresno State (0-13, 0-6 MPSF). Oregon has a tiebreaker edge - margin of victory in head to head games between the three teams this season - over both Cal and Denver. The Ducks beat Denver by two goals, 11-9, while Denver only beat Cal by one goal, 11-10, and Cal defeated the Ducks by 1. Denver would then claim the third seed and Cal would claim the fourth seed, meaning the Bears would play a first-round conference tournament match against fifth-seeded UC Davis.

If Oregon loses to Saint Mary's, Cal would stand in a two-way conference tie with Denver at 4-2. Denver's tiebreaking win over the Bears would give the Pioneers the No. 2 seed. Cal would claim the No. 3 seed and a first-round tournament game with Saint Mary's. Oregon would be the fourth-seeded team in the tournament.

Prior to the Oregon game, Cal celebrated the careers of its five seniors - Dyson, attacker/midfielder Elizabeth T Jahp, defender Ghillie Little, attacker Sam Price and defender Stephanie Smith. Each senior contributed on her final game at Memorial Stadium. Along with Dyson's heroics, Jahp tied junior midfielder Alyse Kennedy with a game-high five draw controls, Price tallied one goal and two assists, and Little and Smith played tough defense.

Everett, a sophomore midfielder, was an unexpected heroine, as she scored her first three goals of the season today against the Ducks. The Virginia transfer tied Price (2 goals, 1 assist), Kennedy (3 goals) and junior defender DennaFaye Herald (1 goal, 2 assists) for the Cal lead in points with three.

"Molly is so versatile as a player that we've had a hard time finding where to best put her on the field," Sherry said. "Today she played at both ends, but really she made the most impact on the attack. She was at the right places at the right times and she finished her shots. That was amazing, and it was awesome for her to kind of win the game as well."

Oregon's Jana Drummond paced all scorers with six goals and six points.

Dyson had to be sharp on Senior Day, as Oregon outshot Cal, 36-24, including 15-9 in the first half, after which the Ducks trailed, 5-3. The Cal goalie made nine of her 16 saves in the first half and saved all four of Ilsa van den Berg's first-half shots. Cal limited van den Berg, Oregon's leading scorer entering the match, to just two goals on eight overall shots.

"Morgan sees the ball so well and has had a great season," Sherry said. "She's really good at being our spark. She was that for us today coming out of the cage, getting some interceptions or ground balls, making point-blank saves. Each time she did that, it made a huge impact on the outcome. It's kind of neat to see her do that on Senior Day."

Everett scored the first and last goals of the game, putting Cal on the scoreboard first 43 seconds into the first half to make the score, 1-0. Drummond scored at 2:29 to tie the game at 1-1.

Everett scored her second at 12:42, assisted by Price, to give Cal a 2-1 lead, but Drummond again responded to tie the match at 2-2 at 15:46.

The Bears took a 5-3 lead into halftime, as sophomore midfielder Chapin Jackson (18:23), Kennedy (19:53) and Price (27:39) scored for Cal. Drummond scored a third for Oregon at 23:09.

Cal blitzed Oregon with a 5-1 run early in the second half, eventually taking a 10-4 lead on Price's eight-meter goal at 43:25. Tickner scored twice in that run, at 37:09 and 42:50, while Herald (34:00), Kennedy (an 8-meter goal at 35:03) and Price each scored once.

But six different Ducks scored during a 7-1 run the rest of regulation to force overtime with game knotted at 11-11. Drummond scored two goals, and her twin sister, Jess Drummond, scored once. Oregon also got goals from Alex Breiner, van den Berg, Bina Barrett and Casey Rector, whose goal at 59:35, sent the game to overtime.

Cal outshot Oregon, 3-0, in the first three-minute overtime period, but only Tickner's shot was on goal, and Ducks goalkeeper Anna Poponyak saved it.

The Bears outshot Oregon, 3-2, in the second OT. Drummond scored at 64:03 to give the Ducks their only lead of the game at 12-11. At 64:31, Kennedy scored an eight-meter goal to tie the game at 12 and eventually send the game into a third, sudden-victory overtime period. (The first two overtimes were not sudden-victory periods.)

Oregon's Catherine Davidson put a shot on goal just 28 seconds into the third overtime (or at 66:28), but Dyson made her 16th save to keep the game tied. After a Ducks foul, Cal called its final timeout. Everett returned to put the game away with her goal at 68:45.

Cal returns to action when it plays in the first round of the MPSF Tournament on Thursday, April 23, in Stanford, Calif.

GAME SUMMARY

1 2 1OT 2OT 3OT F
Oregon 3 8 0 1 0 12
California 5 6 0 1 1 13

Oregon Scoring
Goals: Drummond, Jana 6; van den Berg, Ilsa 2; Barrett, Bina 1; Rector, Casey 1; Breiner, Alex 1; Drummond, Jess 1. Assists: Barrett, Bina 1; Davidson, Catherine 1; Rector, Casey 1.

California Scoring
Goals: Alyse Kennedy 3; Molly Everett 3; Sam Price 2; Alex Tickner 2; DennaFaye Herald 1; Catie O'Mahoney 1; Chapin Jackson 1. Assists: DennaFaye Herald 2; Vail Horn 1; Sam Price 1.

Goalkeeping
Oregon: Anna Poponyak, 5 saves, 13 GA, 68:45. California: Morgan Dyson, 16 saves, 12 GA, 68:45

Records: Oregon 10-4 (3-2 MPSF). California 6-10 (4-2 MPSF).

Att.: 293.


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