Steve Birnbaum scored off the rebound of his own missed penalty kick in the 86th minute to lift No. 1 Cal to a 1-0 men's soccer victory over visiting Stanford on Sunday.
The Bears' record improved to 10-0-2 (4-0-1 Pac-12) after their third straight victory, while the Cardinal fell to 6-4-2 (1-3-1).
The referee called for a penalty kick when he judged that a Stanford player fouled Cal forward Nick Lima in the Cardinal's box. Cardinal goalkeeper Drew Hutchins saved Birnbaum's ensuing penalty kick, but Birnbaum scored on the rebound. He leads the Pac-12 with eight goals.
Up to that point, the teams were tied in shots at 13-13, in saves at six apiece and in fouls at 10 each.
"I am incredibly proud of our guys, and it was an enthralling game of soccer," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said. "I just truly feel for our players today. We put everything into it, and we didn't deserve the final outcome. Full credit to Cal. They're an awesome soccer team. They played very well."
Amanda Kim's goal in the 59th minute broke a scoreless tie, and No. 8 Duke went on to a 2-0 soccer victory over No. 13 Stanford in Durham, N.C. The goal was the first allowed by Stanford (11-4) in four games. Jessica Buttinger added a second score for Duke (11-4) at 69:40. It was the first time the Cardinal has been shut out this season.
Freshman Celina Li's convincing win in the 100-yard butterfly put Cal ahead for good, and the Bears went on to beat Florida 238-210 in a two-day women's swim meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Li added the 100 butterfly title to the 200 butterfly race she claimed Saturday. She finished in 54.33, 1.4 seconds ahead of Florida's Ellese Zalewski.
Cal's Elizabeth Pelton (49.96) edged Gators sprint specialist Natalie Hinds (50.00) in the 100 freestyle.