Thelma Einarsdottir scored in the 13th minute on a cross pass from Arielle Ship, to lead California to a 1-0 women’s soccer upset of No. 25 Arizona State Friday in Tempe.
The loss dropped the Sun Devils to 9-3-4 and 2-2-3 in the Pacific-12, while the Golden Bears improved to 11-4-1 and 3-3-1, on the cusp of the national rankings.
“I thought we had the better of the chances in the second half,” ASU coach Kevin Boyd said. “We had a miscommunication in the first half that led to a pretty easy goal, but for the whole game, I thought we were the better team.”
It was the first goal of the season for the senior Einarsdottir, who has played for the Icelandic national team since 2010 and missed all of 2013 with an ACL tear.
“They (ASU) fought really hard after the goal and still kept fighting, so it was the same level of play,” Einarsdottir said. “It was really important (for Cal), coming off the tie against Utah. It’s always an honor to play for the national team, right now I’m focusing on Cal, but in the future, I hope to get back on there. At first, when I got here, the style of play was a lot different, but I’ve gotten used to it.”
Chandler Morris, named the most-recent conference Goalkeeper of the Week, made three saves for ASU, and Cal freshman Emily Boyd also collected three in the shutout. In total, the Sun Devils outshot the Bears 7-2 and had five corner kicks to their zero.
“Defensively, we could have played tighter, offensively, I think we got it,” ASU sophomore midfielder Lucy Lara said.
Next up for ASU is No. 4 Stanford at 1 p.m. Sunday in Tempe, a team of which the Sun Devils defeated in the previous meeting last season, snapping the Cardinal’s 73-game home unbeaten streak. Although there will be one more home game, versus Arizona on Nov. 7, ASU will honor its four senior before the match Sunday: Morris, Brianna Gonzalez, Courtney Watson, and Jessica Domenichelli.
“We have to have a more consistent effort,” Boyd said. “We have to keep our quality the same, and we’ve got to find better chances and stop allowing teams to shoot long, we have to play closer.”
Cal is at Arizona (9-5-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday, as well. The Wildcats lost to Stanford 3-2 in overtime Friday.
In other women’s soccer news Friday, the U.S. defeated Mexico 3-0 in Chester, Pa., to officially qualify for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada. It will next play Costa Rica in the CONCACAF final on Sunday. The Costa Ricans will make their World Cup debut following a penalty kick win over Trinidad and Tobago.