Hamm Scores Twice in No. 13 Cal's 3-0 Rout of WSU
Oct. 9, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal senior defender Tracy Hamm netted two goals to lift her team to a 3-0 victory over Washington State Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 9-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10 with their first sweep of Washington and Washington State since 1999. The Cougars fell to 7-5-1 (0-2) with the loss. The shutout is Cal's eighth of the season and third straight.
'I thought we played very well,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'I feel like we've been playing very good team defending all year long, but our team attacking hadn't quite come together. We have had moments where it was very good, but a lot of that was individual. Today was the first day we saw our team knocking the ball around with the same common purpose and thought. I think that's the single most dominating Pac-10 performance I've seen us play, maybe since I've been here.'
After a 0-0 score at halftime, Cal's offense caught fire in the second half. Hamm opened the flood gates with an unassisted goal in the 54th minute. The product of Moraga, Calif., dribbled down the right flank and shot the ball into the back of the net from about 12 yards.
Hamm electrified the crowd with her second goal in the 65th minute on a give-and-go play with senior forward Dania Cabello. The assist was Cabello's 17th of her career, moving her into a tie for fifth all-time in school history in that category.
After leading Cal with four shots against Washington, Hamm continued to go forward against Washington State but was more composed around the goal. Hamm's goals were her first since the 2003. She started on Cal's front line as a freshman and sophomore before switching to the backline last season.
'Friday, Tracy started getting forward quite a bit,' Boyd said. 'Especially in the second half Friday, she was showing that she can be extremely dangerous. I think she got some confidence out of that and just kept going at it today.'
Junior forward Katie Ratican posted an insurance goal in the 80th minute. Freshman forward Valerie Barnes' pass put Ratican in a 1-v-1 situation with WSU goalkeeper Katie Hultin, and Ratican converted the eight-yard shot for her second goal of the season. The assist was Barnes' first with the Bears.
Cal outshot Washington State, 24-1, with the Cougars one shot going way wide right of the goal in the second half. Hultin secured 12 saves to set a new Edwards Stadium record, surpassing the previous mark of 11 set in 2000 by Colorado College's Caitlin Carlson.
The Bears hit the road for three consecutive Pac-10 games beginning with Stanford Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. That rivalry game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet.
Women's Soccer ResultWSU 0 0 - 0California 0 3 - 3
Shots: Cal24 (Caroline Lea 4), WSU 1 (Elkind 1).Shots on Goal: Cal 15 (Tracy Hamm 3), WSU 0.Saves: Cal 0 (Ashley Sulprizio 0), WSU 12 (Katie Hultin 12).CK: Cal 8, WSU 0.Fouls: Cal 9, WSU 11.Offsides: Cal 2, WSU 0.Yellow Cards: Cal none, WSU (Angela Fajardo 78:56).Red Cards: None.Records: Cal 9-2-1 (2-0 Pac-10), WSU 7-5-1 (0-2 Pac-10)Attendance: 765.