Sept. 16, 2012
Missouri State’s Hillary Lawless and Charlie Redhead scored goals, but the Bears (2-5) lost a 5-2 decision to California on Sunday in front of 42 fans in Bloomington, Ind.
"It was a big turnaround from Albany," assistant coach Erika Dombkowski said. "We need to stay consistent with our intensity from game to game.
"We were mentally tough today and played the full game regardless of the score."
California got on the board first when the Golden Bears’ Jordan O’Reilly scored at the 7:58 mark off a pass on the right side of the goal from Kendra Bills, who was credited with the assist on the play. About seven minutes later, Cal’s Claire Dougherty scored unassisted off a deflection by a Bears’ defender.
Lawless cut California’s lead in half at the 20:19 mark of the first half. The junior forward took a pass from the right side from freshman Holly Scherer and found the back of the cage. Scherer got an assist on the play, the first of her college career.
However, California quickly regained the momentum when O’Reilly took a pass from Nicole Wallstedt and scored her second goal of the day past MSU goalkeeper Andrea Bain with about 12 minutes left in the half. About two minutes later, Wallstedt gave the Golden Bears a three-goal lead when she scored on the right side off a pass across the front of the net from Rachelle Corneau.
California took its 4-1 lead into halftime, and the score remained that way until the 45:49 mark of the second half, when Lara Kruggel scored off a penalty corner to increase Cal’s lead to 5-1. About four minutes later, Missouri State's Redhead scored on a penalty stroke for the first goal of her career.
Missouri State will open conference play on Sept. 22 with a noon matchup against Ball State in Muncie, Ind. The Bears are looking forward to the conference season, Dombkowski said.
"I'm confident in our ability and our will to take wins in the conference," she said. "That's what we'll prepare for this week."