Sept. 27, 2002
Katie Nicholson (Clarksburg, N.J./Allentown) poked home a saved shot from Kelli Hill (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) to give the Cavaliers a 3-2 lead that would stand up as Virginia defeated #14 California-Berkeley 3-2 tonight in Charlottesville. With the score tied at 2, Virginia's Katie Phillips (Fort Worth, Texas/Trinity Valley) took the ball into the circle and drew a corner. On the short corner play, Hill's initial blast was saved by Cal's Kelly Knapp but Nicholson, who had rushed from the left, was at the post to tap the ball into the far boards for a 3-2 lead the Cavaliers would not relinquish.
While the Cavaliers picked up the first two short corners of the game, it was the Golden Bears who jumped on the scoreboard first as they picked up a short corner at the other end. Nora Feddersen's drive was saved by Virginia's Emily White (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) but Cal's Danya Sawyer, who had inserted the ball, was there for the rebound and the goal six minutes into the contest.
Five minutes later Katie Slocum (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle Area) got control of the ball on the right side of the field and took it upfield before she sent a pass up to Sara York (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) in the circle. York backhanded the ball into the boards for the equalizer.
Four minutes later Cara Unterkofler (Centreville, Va./Centreville) tackled the ball away in the Virginia backfield and started a transition up to Nicholson, who took the ball around a defender and sent the ball to a streaking York on the left side. York's shot from the left hit a Cal back and the Cavaliers were awarded a short corner. Hill's direct shot off the stick stop of Rosemary Walker (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady) and inserted by Unterkofler went to the boards, putting the Cavaliers up 2-1.
Berkeley answered quickly, forcing a corner two minutes later. This time Fedderson's shot found the boards, tying the game at 2-2 with 18 minutes to play in the half. Phillips and the Cavaliers were able to force the corner 10 minutes later for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
In the second half the Cavalier defense did not allow the Bears any short corners and limited Berkeley to one shot. The three goals is the most surrended by California this season, who were ranked second nationally in scoring defense (.50 GAA) coming into the contest.
The Cavaliers turn around and play at Old Dominion on Sunday, September 29. Game time against the Monarchs is 1:00 pm.
Linescore 1 2 F (records)
Berkeley 2 0 2 (6-2)
Virginia 3 0 3 (5-3)
6:19 Cal pc Sawyer 0-1
11:35 VA fg York (Slocum) 1-1
15:16 VA pc Hill (Unterkofler, Walker) 2-1
17:29 Cal pc Feddersen (Sawyer, D'Anjou) 2-2
27:36 VA pc Nicholson 3-2
Keepers: VA (Emily White, 1 save, 2 GA, 70 mins)
Cal (Kelly Knapp, 4 saves, 3 GA, 70 mins)
Shots: VA 8, Cal 4 Short corners: VA 9, Cal 3