Fuller and Bears Demonize Wake Forest





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Old habits die hard. For Carly Fuller and the No. 6 Cal women's soccer team, that's a good thing.

The Duke transfer got to beat up on her old ACC rival by scoring the game winner in Friday's 1-0 triumph over No. 7 Wake Forest.

"It was nice to beat them again," the senior said.

Fuller, who had a game-winning goal against the Demon Deacons in 1999, duplicated the feat for her new team.

The midfielder took a pass from Kim Yokers in the 69th minute and hammered a shot from 15 yards out.

"I just struck it," Fuller said. "I don't know if it was the best strike but I snuck it into the left side of the goal."

Fuller has made a huge impact since arriving from Duke. She ranks second on the team in goals and has become the Bears' primary penalty kick-taker.

"Carly is playing very well right now," Cal coach Kevin Boyd said. "She had another great game today and got the goal."

With the loss, Wake Forest (9-1-1) had its 10-game winning streak broken.

"It's better than losing to a nobody," Wake Forest coach Tony da Luz said. "We lost to a good team."

The game was evenly matched through much of the contest. The two goalkeepers kept the match tight through the first half.

"It was a great game," da Luz said. "It could've gone either way."

Tracy Hamm had some excellent opportunities to add to her team-leading seven goals.

The best of those chances came in the 44th minute, when Laura Schott found Hamm with a pass that split two Wake defenders.

With nothing standing between her and the opposing net except the Wake goalie, Hamm's shot sailed wide.

"Both teams had their chances," da Luz said. "They just capitalized on theirs."

After last week's embarrassing loss to Hartford, the Bears (7-2-1) worked hard to regain their focus for a tough Demon Deacon squad.

"We won this game in practice," Boyd said.

Schott played 30 minutes off the bench in her first home appearance since the Bears' season opener

Aug. 30. The All-American made several pinpoint passes to set up fellow teammates.

"I think the knee is still in her head," Boyd said. "She's choosing to pass more and take more a distributor's role."

For the last 20 minutes of the game, the entire Cal bench stood up and cheered their teammates on the field.

 

"The entire team was responsible for the win," Boyd said. "They create an atmosphere where winning is possible."

 

A tough schedule of conference play begins next week, starting with No. 3 UCLA in Westwood.

"This was an important win for us especially going into next week's UCLA game," Fuller said.

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