Glosz Shines in Bears' Shellacking of Davidson

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After a lackluster week of practice, Cal field hockey coach Shellie Onstead made the difficult decision to sit All-American forward Ashley Glosz at the beginning of Saturday's game against Davidson.

"In all fairness, I expect a little more out of the older kids and it was a decision between rewarding an average week and giving someone who had been working hard a look," Onstead said. "It wasn't an easy decision, but we put her in at the 10-minute mark and within nine minutes she had a hat trick."

Glosz scored three consecutive goals to jump-start the No. 14 Bears in their highest scoring output of the season-a 9-1 win over the Wildcats at Maxwell Family Field.

"Shellie was kind of trying to punish me for a hard week at practice so I just wanted to go out hard to show her that I wanted to earn the start and I'm not going to pout," Glosz said.

Although coming into the game with something to prove, even Glosz was surprised by such a prolific performance.

"The goals just kind of happened," Glosz said. "The first one was not intended to be a shot on goal. It was a pass to Natalie (Nurnberg) and she cut off the goalie's line of vision and I got my weak pass right by her."

Down 3-0, the Wildcats (3-10, 0-2 in the NorPac) intentionally pushed a ball over the end line with the wrong side of the stick and the senior volunteered to take the penalty stroke.

"I raised my hand instantly and I really wanted to take the stroke," Glosz said. "It was very surreal, especially coming off the bench."

Onstead stuck with Glosz's hot hand and she took her place on the stroke line. Glosz flicked stick-side, Davidson keeper Brittany Rollek dove low, and Cal (9-2, 5-0) took the 4-0 lead.

While Glosz was regaining her starting position, forward Jessica Kreck was fighting for consideration. This was the first regulation game for the true freshman, and apparently, she wasn't expecting the opportunity.

"I called, 'Kreck!' and everyone was looking for her," Onstead said. "She wasn't expecting it and was down the field helping the ballperson."

Although initially taken off-guard, Kreck's inexperience wasn't a factor on the field.

"She almost scored the first time she touched the ball," Onstead said.

Kreck didn't score on her first touch, but it only took another five minutes for her to one-time a ball to the back of the cage.

"I was just in the moment," Kreck said. "I guess it just says that Shellie expects a lot out of me."

But Saturday's game might be more than just an indication of Onstead's confidence in the freshman forward.

"Kreck is a big key," Onstead said. "I realize that she may be the fourth forward. I've been looking at that for a couple of weeks and I pulled the trigger today and I think she made me look good."


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