No. 9 Cal Notches 4-2 Win Over SMU
Sept. 13, 2009
MORAGA, Calif. - The No. 9 California women's soccer team kicked off its 4-2 victory over SMU on Sunday afternoon with the quickest goal thus far in the 2009 campaign, scored 2:22 into the match. The Golden Bears, who are now 5-1-0 overall, tacked on three more goals to overpower the Mustangs (1-4-0) in Moraga as part of the Saint Mary's Fall Soccer Classic.
Barely into the third minute, sophomore Katrin Omarsdottir dribbled in from 35 yards out to go 1-v-1 with the SMU keeper, knocking in a goal with a shot to the right post. The goal, scored at 2:22, was the fastest goal scored by the Bears this season, with the next earliest goal coming at 5:23 against Nevada. Omarsdottir, who is a starter on the Icelandic national team, played in her fourth game this season after competing at the European Championships in August.
Omarsdottir helped with the second goal, which occurred six minutes later, dishing an assist to junior forward Alex Morgan. Omarsdottir had a through pass to Morgan, who beat the SMU keeper to the open net for her fifth goal of the year.
Shortly thereafter, Morgan earned her sixth goal, this one unassisted, at 15:51, with a shot from 18 yards out to the far post. Roughly a minute following Morgan's second score, Cal's third goal, SMU put one past the Bears. At 16:48, Mustang Leslie Briggs had a left-footed shot from 18 yards to the right post, bringing the score to 3-1, still in favor of the Bears.
After four goals occurring in the first 17 minutes of play, the teams went into the locker room with Cal holding a 3-1 advantage. Neither team scored until 80:46, when redshirt junior forward Lisa Kevorkian distanced the Bears by three, 4-1, with a goal off a shot from eight yards out off the rebound. Just seconds earlier, Kevorkian had fired off a shot that was saved by SMU keeper Courtney Webb.
Just over five minutes later, SMU player Kenzie Scovill one-timed the ball from eight yards out off a corner kick to give the Mustangs their final goal. Cal's early lead proved to be clutch, and the Bears came away with the 4-2 nonconference victory.
True to form, Cal out shot its opponent, peppering SMU's keeper with 18 shots to the Mustangs' four. Morgan paced the Bears with eight shots, six of which were on goal. Senior keeper Gina Pellegrini played the full 90 minutes between the posts, and did not have to make any saves.
The Bears will return to Saint Mary's Stadium next week, for a bout with nearby rival Saint Mary's on Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m.