EUGENE, ORE. --- No. 10 California women's soccer remained unbeaten in Pac-12 Conference play with its 2-0 victory over the University of Oregon on Saturday evening at Pape' Field.
Playing through less than ideal weather conditions may have slowed down the Golden Bears' typical rate of shot creation (just over 17 shots per game) but Cal was still able to control tempo with strong possession and steady all-around play. The end result was the Bears improving to 5-0-1 in Pac-12 action while sending the Ducks to their seventh straight defeat.
For Cal (12-2-1 overall), the senior forward duo of senior Arielle Ship and redshirt senior Ifeoma Onumonu were able to take advantage of excellent chances in each half to beat Oregon (6-8-1, 0-6-0 Pac-12). Ship put home the eventual game-winning goal in the 20th minute, stepping up to nail the shot after Onumonu drew the penalty on a wide-open push on goal. In the 61st minute, Onumonu successfully helped the cause after finding open space in front of goal and putting away an assist from freshman forward Abigail Kim.
Both scores were the eighth of the season for Ship and Onumonu, while the helper was Kim's second of the campaign. With 31 career goals, Onumonu moved into a tied for fifth all-time at Cal with Erika Hinton (1990-93) while Ship's 26th moved her past Winnie Burns (1985-88) and Andrea Rodebaugh (1984-87) to sit in seventh place behind Onumonu and Hinton.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Boyd, whose 19-save weekend against UCLA & USC earned her five conference and national awards, did not have as busy an outing as her last two. Boyd only needed a pair of saves to secure her 10th shutout of the year.
BERKELEY - California's Andre Goransson booked a return trip to New York when he defeated teammate Filip Bergevi in the singles final of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Monday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Goransson, the tournament's top seed, beat his fellow senior and Swedish compatriot, 6-4, 7-6(3).
There was little threat of rain Monday, meaning the final two matches of the regional weren't going to move indoors as matches did on Friday and Sunday due to inclement weather.
Besides Goransson's victory, Cal won the overall team title at the regional based on its success in main draw singles and doubles draws.
Last year, Goransson, then a junior, reached the singles final and garnered the Sportsmanship Award at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York. His win Monday qualified him to play in singles again at national indoors.
"I'm very excited," Goransson said. "I've wanted the whole fall to go back there. I was a little bummed about Tulsa, where I wasn't able to do as well as last year. Being able to come back here and win regionals in Berkeley, it's a really nice feeling to win and to go back to New York."
The author of the NFL’s most unlikely story of the 2016 season wrote another chapter Sunday.
Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander had another sack in his team’s 45-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. That gives him eight on the season, pushing him back into the NFL lead after Denver’s Von Miller reached 7.5 on Thursday night.
“Just adding to the total,” Alexander said. “That’s No. 8 for me, but that’s a team stat in my mind.”
Alexander credited the Bills’ rushing attack for building a big lead, which forced the 49ers into obvious passing situations.
“Once that happened and we got a good lead, it gave us a chance to work,” he said.