THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Cal Lutheran experienced postseason heartbreak in back-to-back games as Redlands again earned a shutout victory, this time in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at West Field on Saturday afternoon. Redlands scored on both of its corner kick chances and added a third soon thereafter to seal the game.
Box Score: UR 3, CLU 0 - F
In a rare chance to exact revenge on the team that earned a 2-0 win in the SCIAC Tournament semifinals on Nov. 3, the Regals were again held scoreless in similar settings dropping a 3-0 decision to the Bulldogs.
Cal Lutheran outshot Redlands 18-4 on the day with the Regals firing a majority of its attempts from long range. The Bulldogs took advantage of its corner kicks and set pieces and scored on 75 percent of its tries.
Very windy and hot conditions altered passes and ball flights throughout the day, but Redlands managed to score three times off crosses that were delivered inside of 10 yards out.
The Bulldogs made the most of their limited opportunities scoring on its lone shot of the opening half. An inward swinging cross from Breann Puchalski about eight yards out to the near post was redirected by a leaping Fionna Connolly who went upper 90 on the near side for the game-winner.
The second UR corner was granted in controversial fashion after CLU goalkeeper Kristin Borzi touched an errant Bulldogs pass while standing out of bounds, but was ruled still in play and last player to touch.
Meanwhile the Bulldogs fired off two shots following its second and only corner, the latter being headed home by Chelsea Hafley off of Leslie Horner's cross.
Just under eight minutes later the Bulldogs essentially put the game away after Kendall Pagan's low cross was redirected by the sliding Jaimie Morton into the far side of the Regals goal.
Cal Lutheran fired a many of its attempts from distance, but its most promising scoring chance came from a header by Jen Jones. The redirect was the fifth and final save for Redlands starting goalkeeper Rachel Foreman who held the Regals scoreless through 83 minutes of action. Teammate Linzey Smith made one save to preserve the shutout.
Saturday marked the first time this year Cal Lutheran had allowed more than two goals in a game on defense, and the third time the offense failed to score. In the two regular season meetings CLU won by 3-0 and 1-0 margins, while in the postseason UR has earned 2-0 and 3-0 victories.
Redlands (12-9-0) will move on to the Sweet 16 to face the winner of No. 2 Hardin-Simmons (20-0-0) and No. 6 Trinity (18-1-0) on either Nov. 19 or Nov. 20. The Bulldogs have won five straight and outscored their opposition 13-1 during that time.
No. 21 Cal Lutheran finishes the 2010 campaign 18-3-1.