Drake Suffers First Defeat to No. 6 California
STANFORD, CALIF. -- No. 6 California handed the No. 19 Drake men's soccer team its first loss of the season, 2-0, Friday night at the Stanford Nike Classic.
California became the first opponent to score a goal against Drake in seven matches this season.
The Bulldogs played without the services of starting goalkeeper Michael Drozd, who had to sit out the match after receiving a red card in Drake's last outing at Green Bay last Sunday.
"Cal was as good a team that we have played at Drake in the last five years," said Drake head coach Sean Holmes. "We weren't firing on all cylinders tonight but Cal had something to do with that."
Drake had 11 shots in the match with junior midfielder Luke Gorczyca (Overland Park, Kan.) and junior forward Garrett Webb (Prairie Village, Kan.) getting two shots apiece. Webb had Drake's lone shot on goal.
A goal by Hector Jimenez at the 25:22 mark gave the Bears a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs gave California all it could handle in the next 50 minutes before Servando Carrasco hit a 30-yard shot into the Drake net at the 76:36 mark to account for the final outcome.
"If we could have gone into the last 10 minutes trailing, 1-0, we might have had a chance," Holmes added. "But the last goal Cal scored was a dagger in the heart.
"It was a learning experience for us. We knew this schedule would be tough. But we will regroup and get ready for Sunday."
The Bulldogs, who are in the midst of playing eight straight matches on the road, will play at host Stanford on Sunday.
Other Valley Scores:
Bradley 2, Xavier 1
Missouri State 1, Valparaiso 1
Creighton 1, Stanford 0