Schott, Doubrava score for Bears
AUSTIN, Texas - Fifth-ranked California improved to 3-0 on the season with a 2-1 road victory over 17th-ranked Texas (0-2) Friday night in front of 2137 fans at Myers Stadium and Soccer Field.
The Golden Bears led 2-0 at the half on goals by junior All-American forward Laura Schott and sophomore forward Kassie Doubrava.
Schott netted Cal’s first goal in the 17th minute on a penalty kick, which was awarded after she was pulled down in the box. She now has seven points on the season with an assist and a goal in each one of Cal’s victories.
Doubrava posted what would eventually be her second game-winning goal this season in the 38th minute. Freshman midfielder Kacy Hornor dribbled a couple of players and set up Doubrava with a perfect pass.
After not tallying a point as a freshman, Doubrava is tied with Schott and the Bears other frontrunner, Kyla Sabo, for the team lead in points. Doubrava also has scored in each of the Bears three matches.
Cal outshot Texas in the first half 7-4, but the Longhorns were the offensive aggressor after halftime, outshooting the Bears 16-3. Luckily for Cal, only four of Texas’ second-half shots were on goal.
“We were up 2-0 at the half and outplayed them,” Cal coach Kevin Boyd said. “In the second half, we just let them come at us, which is not a good way to defend a lead. We actually had a few chances we didn’t put away, but for the most part we just sat in. I wasn’t thrilled with that, but I was happy with the road win over a nationally-ranked opponent.”
With six seconds remaining in the game, freshman forward Kelly Wilson kept her team from being shut out by collecting a loose ball in the box and putting it away.
The Bears continue their five-game road trip at 10th-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday. The game has been moved to Southwest Texas State due to the Aggies’ field being unplayable from too much rain.