“We had a pretty good first half,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “We had some poor attacking
possessions, and in the second half we still had trouble converting. The score doesn’t look like it, but our defense did okay. Penn was just down there too much. They were just able to pick away and open up that score a little bit. Our kids did play hard. In the future, we’re hoping to put up 60 minutes of good defense, good attack and good midfield play.”
California lost to No. 6 Penn, 10-2, on Friday at Franklin Field. The Golden Bears’ record fell to 2-3 after the nonconference match, with all three losses to 2008 NCAA semifinalists. Penn, the 2008 NCAA runner-up, improved it record to 2-0. Senior Elizabeth “T” Jahp and junior Alex Tickner scored Cal’s goals.
Cal has lost two straight, including an 18-2 setback against then-No. 3 Syracuse on Feb. 22 in Berkeley.
Emma Spiro led all scorers with three points from three goals for the Quakers, who outshot the Bears, 30-9.
Senior Morgan Dyson got the start in Cal’s goal, making six saves. Sophomore Allie Shropshire made six saves in relief of Dyson, who eventually returned and played 43 minutes and 23 seconds in today’s game.
Emily Szelest made six saves in a complete game for Penn.
Cal opened the game started strong and held possession for much of the first 10 minutes, but the Bears couldn’t capitalize with an early goal. Freshman Vail Horn took the only shot for either team in the first 13:23 of the game, with Szelest saving Horn’s shot. At 13:24, Penn’s Erin Brennan scored the game’s first goal.