Jayhawks Fall to No. 10 Cal, 1-0

Sept. 1, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. –

Despite holding No. 10 California to just one shot attempt in the second half, the University of Kansas fell to the Golden Bears 1-0 in a non-conference soccer match Friday Edwards Stadium.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

The loss drops Kansas to 1-1 overall, while Cal improves to 3-0.

“The girls did a good job of battling hard, especially in the second half,” KU head coach Mark Francis said. “We actually outplayed them in the second half, we just couldn’t come up with the tying goal.”

Cal got on the board in the fifth minute as Nadia Al-Lami used her head to direct a Katie Ratican corner kick into the top of the net. It was the only scoring of the match.

Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, KU came out with newfound determination in the second half. The Jayhawks outshot the 10th-ranked Bears 5-1 in the second 45-minute period and had three second-half corner kicks.

KU had a handful of opportunities, but could not connect. The Jayhawks’ best opportunity likely came early in the half when senior Holly Gault found space in traffic and unleashed a shot toward the upper right corner of the net. However, Cal goalkeeper Anna Key deflected the shot wide of the net.

The Jayhawks also had back-to-back corner kicks midway through the half, but could not get the first touch on either chance.

KU outshot the home team 6-5 for the match.

Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley made four saves in defeat, including three in the first half.

KU will conclude play in the 12th annual Cal Invitational with a match on Sunday against St. Mary’s College at noon CST.