No. 16 California Travels to No. 3 Portland for Friday Tilt

Aug. 26, 2009

This Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The No. 16 California women's soccer team is set to head north to Oregon for a nonconference game with perennial powerhouse No. 3 Portland. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at the Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Both the Golden Bears and the Pilots won their respective season-opening games for the second consecutive season.

Last Week in Cal Women's Soccer
The Bears breezed past Nevada, 4-1, on Aug. 21at Edwards Stadium. Junior forward Alex Morgan had three goals for the Bears and redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian had one. Cal out shot UNR, 15-2, and, 8-2, in shots on goal. Morgan got the Bears on the board in the sixth minute and Kevorkian scored the ultimate gamewinner in the 59th minute. Morgan scored two more goals to distance the Bears, 4-0.

Alex Morgan Nets Hat Trick
Morgan gave the Bears very early lead in the first half - just 5:23 into the game. Nevada keeper Marie Cove was drawn out of her post in goal to grab a ball but Morgan out powered her to gain possession and an open look on goal. Morgan tacked on two goals - one at 61:15 and her third of the game and season at 71:33. To bring Cal's advantage to 3-0, Morgan received a pass from senior midfielder Katie Oakes. Junior defender/forward McKenna McKetty fed the ball to Morgan for her third ball, again coming into the box.

Scouting the Pilots
Portland holds the all-time advantage over Cal, 3-4-2. The two teams last met in 1998, when the Pilots defeated the Bears, 3-1. Last season, UP went 20-2-0 overall and 7-0 to win the West Coast Conference. Portland advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, after getting ousted by Stanford. The Pilots lost just two starters from last years' steam and returns three players that missed the tournament while playing with Morgan at the Under-20 World Cup.

Looking Ahead
The Bears will put on the Annual Cal Invitational, which is in its 15th year, on Sept. 4 and 6, welcoming Saint Mary's, Texas A&M and Texas. The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals while the Longhorns made it to the second round. Saint Mary's and Texas will face off in the weekend-opening game on Friday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. Thirty minutes following that game, Cal will play Texas A&M. On Sunday, Sept. 6, Cal will close the tournament taking on Texas at noon.

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