BERKELEY – It was a day of “two’s” at Edwards Stadium as California earned a 2-0 shutout against San Diego State in the 2015 home opener for the Bears.
Senior Celeste Boureille netted her second career brace for the Bears after scoring twice – in the 3rd and 31st minutes – to help Cal (2-1-0) earns its second win of the season. The victory also marked the 100th victory for California Head Coach Neil McGuire at the helm of the program. McGuire, in his ninth season in Berkeley, becomes just the second coach of the program to hit the 100-win plateau with his Cal record of 100-53-19.
"Anytime you get a victory with your program, you’re excited about it,” McGuire said. “I hadn’t thought about it too much. Every victory is for the players and for the fans. I’m excited that we got a victory today, but in terms of me it’s a nice milestone but it’s really about the success of the players and the program.”
The shutout was the first of the season for Cal and the seventh in the career of sophomore goalkeeper Emily Boyd with the netminder force to make two saves in the game.
The Aztecs (2-1-0) become the second consecutive Cal opponent to only register two shots on goal. It’s been a strong start to the season overall for the Golden Bear backline who have allowed just seven shots on goal in three games, a total of 270 minutes of game action.
“Defense is very important to us this year,” McGuire said. “We lost a lot of goals in an exhibition game Tuesday. I thought we tightened up some things and the girls performed very admirably (today), not only our defensive line but our midfield and forwards contributed as well.”
Boureille opened the scoring just 2:11 into the game with an assist from center back Annia Mejia. She then added her second at 30:31 when Indigo Gibson played a set piece to Lorin Hom, whose service into the box led to Boureille jumping high than the keeper for the headed goal.
“It felt really great,” Boureille said of her performance. “It was my first goal of the season, so it was nice to get that finish for the first time. I noticed that their backline played tight, and Annia noticed that as well and played me a long ball out wide. I took a touch, beat the goalie and scored the goal … (On the second goal), I thought Indigo was going to play the long ball in, but she saw Hom out wide and open. Hom played a cross in and I got the head on it.”
The Bears travel to Durham, N.C., next week to take on North Carolina and Duke in the Duke Nike Classic. The Bears face the Tar Heels Friday and the Blue Devils Sunday.
Head Coach Neil McGuire’s Take
"Anytime you get a victory with your program, you’re excited about it. I hadn’t thought about it too much. Every victory is for the players and for the fans. I’m excited that we got a victory today, but in terms of me it’s a nice milestone but it’s really about the success of the players and the program.”
“Defense is very important to us this year. We lost a lot of goals in an exhibition game Tuesday. I thought we tightened up some things and the girls performed very admirably (today), not only our defensive line but our midfield and forwards contributed as well.”
2:11, Cal – Celeste Boureille (Annia Mejia) – Rounded GK for an open net goal
30:31, Cal – Celeste Boureille (Indigo Gibson, Lorin Hom) – Free kick to Hom, service to Boureille for header over GK
News & Notes
● Head Coach Neil McGuire earned his 100th win at California. McGuire – in his 9th season – has a 100-53-19 record with the Golden Bears
● The second consecutive game that Cal limited their opponent to just two shots on goal. Through three games, the Golden Bear defense has allowed only seven shots on goal (BYU-3, Hawaii-2, SDSU-2)
● Cal’s first shutout of the season
● Emily Boyd earned her seventh career shutout after being forced to make just two saves against the Aztecs
● Cal holds an 8-4 series advantage against San Diego State with a current streak of two wins
● Six yellow cards were issued in the game – two given to Cal and four given to San Diego State
● The second consecutive game that a Golden Bear has earned at least two goals. In Cal’s last outing against Hawaii, Arielle Ship netted three times. Saturday, Celeste Boureille scored twice.
On The Horizon
California travels to the East Coast to take on perennial national title contenders North Carolina and Duke in the Duke Nike Classic. Competing alongside Cal at the tournament will be No. 5 North Carolina, No. 17 USC and No. 21 Duke.