Bears fall on Broncos in overtime stunners

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The California women’s soccer team dominated possession for most of the afternoon but ended up falling victim to a header from Santa Clara’s Izzy D’Aquila, who had 26 seconds left in the second overtime.

Cal (10-5-6) and the Broncos (11-6-3) battled it out over 108 minutes in a goalless tie Saturday afternoon at Steven Stadium. In the final 30 seconds, Santa Clara’s Keren Goor sent a cross into a crowded box in front of goal. guardian Angelina Anderson collided with a Cal defender, allowing D’Aquila to put enough on the loose ball to smash it in for the game-winner.

The two teams even finished the contest at 11 apiece in shot totals. The Broncos had a 5-4 advantage on shots on goal, with all five coming late in the second half and overtime.

The Bears dominated possession in the first half and shot out the Broncos 6-3, with three of those six shots on target.

Cal’s best scoring chances in the first half came from the foot of Kelly Roy and Karlie Lema. Roy made a shot from the top of the box that was blocked by Broncos’ keeper Marlee Nicolos in the 29th minuteth Minute. Lema smashed through the Broncos defense down the left and fired a shot from the left side of the box with her right foot, which was blocked again by a diving Nicolos in the 32nd Minute.

Both sides went into the break tied at zero. From the break, Cal had a great scoring opportunity in the 50th minute when Mia Fontana locked in a loose ball in front of an open goal in the box, but the Broncos slapped the ball away for a Golden Bear corner at the last second.

Roy and Lema combined 10 shots each, with both players scoring two shots on goal. Fontana had the other shot for the Bears.

Cal’s defense was brilliant throughout most of the competition. The Broncos got their first corner kick in the 68th minuteth Minute, which was promptly clarified without much threat.

On the track, the Broncos’ attack picked up the momentum. However, Anderson and the Golden Bears’ defense was up to the task. Anderson accumulated four saves late in the contest and fended off multiple Bronco shot-on-score threats.

Though the postseason run ends in the first round, Cal had a great 2022 campaign. The Golden Bears broke into the top-4 in the Pac-12 and placed three in the All-Conference second team.

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