Field Hockey Caps Perfect Conference Season

Grant Marek of The Daily Californian staff contributed to this report.





  • Printer Friendly Printer Friendly
  • Comments Comments (0)

Perfect place. Perfect time. Perfect season.

Playing in its final game of the season in Palo Alto with a perfect conference record on the line, the Cal field hockey team acted as any great team does.

Clutch.

The Bears took a 2-1 overtime thriller from Stanford to finish the regular season 6-0 in conference play.

Cal put an exclamation mark on its already-clinched No. 1 seed in the West Division and accomplished something all teams shoot for but few meet.

"(Winning) the NorPac was definitely one of our big goals," freshman Kirstin Kuszmaul said. "Playing in our conference is really beneficial for us. It helps keep our team together."

The anxious Bears (11-6, 6-0 NorPac) scored in just the second minute of the game on Pooja Mehta's sixth goal of the season.

With the early advantage, the Bears protected their lead well through most of the match, keeping the ball in neutral territory and away from any possible scoring chances for the Cardinal (8-10, 4-2 in NorPac).

They also stopped all eight of Stanford's first half penalty corners.

But in the 64th minute, Amanda Billmyer got the tying goal that forced extra time.

Eleven minutes into OT, Cal's scoring leader, Nora Feddersen, did what she has done all season long. With two golden goals already under her belt this season, Feddersen put in her third to end the game and preserve the Bears' perfect conference season.

Picking up a misplayed ball, Feddersen shot in a goal that narrowly trickled by the outstretched stick of the Stanford goalkeeper.

The Bears have now won their last three OT games.

"We are much more confident in overtime," Kuszmaul said. "We are in a lot better shape, we feel like we can always pull it out and we just step it up."

Despite needing overtime to finish the game, Feddersen was markedly impressed with the progress the team showed.

"Even though the Stanford game was close, I think that the team worked together better," Feddersen said. "We switched the field well and the backfield was strong. I just had a good feeling, especially going into the tournament."

Cal will enjoy a first-round bye in this week's NorPac tournament. The extra game of rest should benefit the Bears' beat-up roster.

Tags:






Comments (0) »

Comment Policy
The Daily Cal encourages readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of The Daily Californian. Comments are not pre-moderated, but may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy. Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article or blog post to which they are connected. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is discouraged, but permitted. Click here to read the full comment policy.
White space
Left Arrow
Sports
Image McLachlan's win helps Cal advance
Riki McLachlan wasn't supposed to play singles in Saturday's second round...Read More»
Sports
Image Bears run by Utes, into the national final
For many Cal students, Saturday marked the end of their collegiate caree...Read More»
Sports
Image Bears fall short in first ever NCAA final
Battling furiously near the front of the cage, Stanford's Annika Dries re...Read More»
Sports
Image Cal dispatches Trojans, advances to round of 16
With the Cal women's tennis team needing one more win to clinch a v...Read More»
Sports
Image Tedford picks Maynard as the Bears' starting quart...
In recent years, Cal football coach Jeff Tedford has kept...Read More»
Sports
Image Bears drop weekend series in Corvallis
Sundays haven't been kind to Cal's starting pitchers lately. A week ago, O...Read More»
Right Arrow




Job Postings

White Space