THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran women's soccer team nearly pulled off an upset on Saturday afternoon, but a late goal from No. 22 Washington-St. Louis handed the Regals a 2-1 defeat at Rolland Stadium.
The Bears came out of the gate with high intensity and put a lot of pressure on the Violet and Gold, but the Regals were able to break through the defense early on. Bianca Deardorff had an opportunity in just the fourth minute, with an empty goal, but a Bears defender was able to get in front of the net and head the ball away.
A similar play developed on the other end of the pitch, allowing the Bears a clear look at goal, but the shot missed high, sailing just over the crossbar.
After a few close opportunities, the Regals broke through in the 15th minute. Raquel Weckhurst weaved her way into the box and dished a pass off to Bri Pinal who beat the goalie and directed the ball into the left corner of the goal. For Pinal, it was her first goal of the season and gave CLU an early 1-0 lead.
Washington-St. Louis continued to press on the offensive end and the ball bounced their way early in the second half. Still trailing 1-0 in the 57th minute, Rachel Mickelson scored the equalizer for the Bears after the ball bounced over the Regals goalie and allowed Mickelson to guide it in for the score.
With only minutes remaining in the match and the score tied at 1-1, Hannah Rosenberg provided heartbreak for CLU with a game-winner for the Bears. In the 88th minute and the Bears in the attacking third, Rosenberg fielded the ball at the top left corner of the box and hit a laser into the top center of the goal.
The Regals outshot the Bears 17-11 and held an edge in corner kicks 8-6. Pinal tied with Emily Williams for game-high honors with four shots, and Weckhurst added three shots on goal. Deardorff and Olivia Leyva also added multiple shot attempts for CLU with two apiece. Bears goalie Lizzy Christ was busy in front of the net, tallying nine saves, and Regals keeper Coral Hasley finished with four.
Cal Lutheran (1-1) will now travel to Washington for a two-game trip against Puget Sound on Friday, Sept. 11 followed by a match against Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, Sept. 12.