No. 10 California handed No. 22 Delaware its first loss of the season, defeating the Blue Hens, 4-2, behind a pair of goals each by
senior Connor Hallisey
and sophomore Christian Thierjung
. Delaware, the last unbeaten and untied team in the country,
got two goals of its own from senior defender Tobias Muller.
“Today Delaware played an outstanding game,” Cal coach Kevin Grimes
said. “We know that we had to be at our best to get a result.”
The Bears jumped
out in front 2-0 within the first four and a half minutes on goals by Thierjung, who made his first career start. He opened the scoring in the second minute after getting a through ball from senior
and added a second goal in the fifth minute following a square ball from senior Max Oldham
to give him
four goals for the season.
“We had a great week of training,” Thierjung said. “After watching the video on Delaware, we
knew this team would be strong. We came and answered the call and played very well together and we are happy with the result.”
Thierjung was involved in the third goal in the
48th minute, picking up a turnover near midfield and finding Hallisey. In the 53rd minute, Muller pulled one back for Delaware off of a cross from Jaime
on a set piece.
Cal pulled away, though, as Seth Casiple
found Hallisey to make it 4-1 in the 74th minute. Muller's
second goal came off of a cross by senior midfielder Ben Asante.