ORONO, Maine – The Cal box hockey workforce performed a just about entire recreation and held a lead on the finish of 3, placing a scare into the Twenty second-ranked Maine Black Bears. However, the host workforce prevailed due to a couple of fourth-quarter targets to defeat Cal 4-3 on Friday afternoon on the Maine Field Hockey Complex.
Statistically, the Golden Bears went toe-to-toe with the Black Bears. Cal completed the afternoon with 13 photographs, 11 on objective. Maine had 18 photographs with 12 on objective. The distinction was once within the fourth quarter the place Maine was once ready to capitalize.
Cal outshot the house workforce 5-3 within the fourth and had a 4-2 merit in penalty corners, then again, it was once Maine that put two at the scoreboard within the ultimate length to return away with the win.
“I’m immensely proud of the team for a really complete hard-fought game,” stated the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead. “We got a lot of things going that I’ve been looking for. However, I’m immensely upset over the first 31 seconds. I don’t think there’s any excuse to not be ready for the start of a game. So, it’s just the tale of 59 minutes and 29 seconds of great hockey. We executed the game plan, focused on a couple of key players, and managed that all really well and I was really confident that if we did that we’d be in the game and come away with the win. We came within 31 seconds of being right there at the top of the table, but we will turn our focus to Sunday.”
The Black Bears capitalized on a sluggish get started by way of the Golden Bears scoring within the recreation’s first 31 seconds. Chloe Walton took the feed from Tereza Holubcova, scoring the primary of her two targets at the afternoon.
To their credit score, the Bears right away got here to lifestyles. Caoimhe Byrne scored the Bears’ opening objective within the 6th minute when she corralled a unfastened ball and fired a point-blank shot previous Maine’s keeper to tie the sport up at 1-1. The objective by way of Byrne was once her first as a Golden Bear.
Two mins later Kiki de Bruijne scored her 3rd objective in as many video games. Cal took good thing about a Black Bear turnover and de Bruijne was once ready to overcome Maine’s protection for a one-on-one alternative with the keeper. The objective by way of de Bruijne was once her 3rd of the season, which ties her profession excessive of 3 targets she scored as a freshman.
At the 13-minute mark, Maine was once awarded a penalty stroke, Poppy Lambert transformed to tie the sport up 2-2.
The 2nd quarter was once a quiet length for each side. Cal controlled simply two photographs and Maine had 3. Cato Knipping was once stellar, completing with two saves within the length. The senior keeper had seven at the day giving her 64 for the season – 15 shy of her career-high from ultimate season.
In the 3rd quarter, Cal controlled only one shot however made it depend. Sara Stone took a feed from Sydney Decher in entrance of the objective and blasted a shot to the highest left nook of the cage. It was once the fourth objective of the season for Stone.
Cal picked up the power at the Black Bears within the fourth however may now not ranking every other objective. Maine then again, were given targets from Lambert within the 46th minute and scored the game-winner within the 54th minute when Walton scored an unassisted objective.
Cal will go back to motion on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. PT after they tackle New Hampshire at Memorial Field in Durham, N.H. Sunday’s contest will function are living stats and video which may also be accessed at the box hockey agenda web page.
For entire protection of Cal box hockey, please observe the Bears on Twitter (@CalFieldHockey), Instagram (@CalFieldHockey), and Facebook (/CalFH/)