Senior goalkeeper Morgan Dyson made 14 saves in Cal’s win, which pushed the Bears’ record to 8-10. Top-seeded Stanford defeated fifth-seeded UC Davis, 17-3, in Friday’s other semifinal. The tournament final is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Cal’s last game before the MPSF Tournament was a 13-12 overtime sudden victory against the Ducks on April 17 in Berkeley.
“We knew they were going to be out for blood, and it’s very hard to beat a team twice, so we knew it was going to be a battle,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “Even though we have confidence in our skills, we knew it was going to come down to a close game. I’m just proud of these guys. We’ve really made a change from the beginning of the season to the end. My team is tougher. They play together. We’re not relying on one or two individuals. We’re succeeding now because every single person that needs to is making an impact.
“But we’re not done yet. We want to make some changes from some things we did today. We want a championship. We don’t want to just be in the championship.”
After Tickner’s goal, Cal had four more shots, two of which were saved. The last, a blast by Catie O’Mahoney, hit the post. O’Mahoney, junior midfielder Alyse Kennedy and senior attacker/midfielder Elizabeth T Jahp each scored two goals to pace the Bears. Ilsa van den Berg (2 goals, 1 assists) and Alex Breiner (3 assists) each scored three points to lead Oregon.