Cal gets 'big-time' win with another 4-3 victory

Less than a week after being hammered by UCLA, 6-0, Cal gained revenge with a 4-3 win over the Bruins on Sunday, their second win by that score in 48 hours. The Golden Bears got two goals and an assist from Jose Carrera-Garcia. On Friday, they beat San Diego State, 4-3, thanks to Christian Thierjung's golden goal that completed a hat trick.

Cal needed just three minutes to take the lead against UCLA on a 25-yard strike from Trevor Haberkorn. But the Bruins wasted no time responding, getting the equalizer from freshman star Jose Hernandez six minutes later and later going ahead in the first half on a goal by Abu Danladi.

As UCLA was starting to impose its will on Cal in the second half, the game got turned The game turned in the 57th minute when Bruin goalkeeper Juan Cervantes was assessed a red card for a foul in the area. Carrera-Garcia scored on the subsequent penalty and three minutes later, Cal took the lead on a header from Spencer Held off a Carrera-Garcia cross. Carrera-Garcia made it 4-2 in the 83rd minute when he chipped goalkeeper Cole Martinez.

The Bruins added one more goal from the penalty spot in the 87th minute on Hernandez’s second goal of the match and ninth of the season.

“This kind of result is big-time for us,” Carrera-Garcia said. “We learned a huge lesson last week, but that didn’t bring us down. A loss by a score of 1-0 counts the same as one at 6-0, so we knew we had to focus even more. We are taking things one game at a time; we focused on San Diego State on Friday and UCLA today and we knew it would take 90 minutes to get those results and we pushed harder than ever to get them.”

The win over SDSU was Cal's first in conference play in 2015 and its first since a Sept. 20 win over San Francisco. Friday's match marked the first collegiate start for U.S. U-19 keeper Jonathan Klinsmann, who came on in the second half against Cal for Alex Mangels.

“Only great players with amazing character can come back with a response like we did this weekend,” Cal coach Kevin Grimes said. “All of the credit goes to the guys for their belief in each other and belief in their season.”
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