BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's women's soccer team traveled to Berkeley on Saturday for more spring action, squaring off with a perennial Top 25 team in Cal.
Like last week, the Gaels played three 30-minute periods against the Bears. The first period was a back and forth affair, with both teams having quality chances on goal. The Gaels got into a rhythm with the ball through their build up from the back, but the period ended in a tie.
"The first 30 (minutes) we created some good chances but never rewarded ourselves for the ball possession we had in the final third of the field," Saint Mary's coach Kai Edwards said. "We did well in getting the ball to the front under control but didn't pull the trigger".
The second 30 minute period saw Cal substitute nine players into the game and, as a result, the Bears were able to go after the Gaels early. Cal scored on a goalkeeper mistake, which the Cal striker finished off easily. The Bears continued their pressure the rest of the period, ending in a result for Cal.
"We shot ourself in the foot in the second period," Edwards said.
The final period was faster paced than the other two, as Cal substituted nine players again and kept the pace very high.
The Gaels changed to a 1-3-5-2 formation, gaining more possession and finding their way. With the ball more, the Gaels created more chances and were rewarded for their efforts, winning the final period 2-1.
"It was good to be rewarded for what we have done over the past months," Edwards said. "In the spring, the result is not as important as the performance of individuals within the team. Some players had great performances today. We are excited to come back here in the fall."
The Gaels have one more spring play date scheduled for next Saturday at Saint Mary's with matches against Dominican University and semi-pro side California Storm.