No. 7 Bears Emerge Victorious Over Saint Mary's, 4-1
Sept. 18, 2009
MORAGA, Calif. - The No. 7 California women's soccer team rebuffed East Bay rival Saint Mary's, 4-1, on Friday afternoon at Saint Mary's Stadium. Sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir had a team-high two goals while junior forward Alex Morgan scored the ultimate gamewinner. The Golden Bears are now 6-1-0 overall while the Gaels fall to 4-4-0.
In the 16th minute, the Bears earned a penalty shot, which senior co-captain Katie Oakes converted for her second goal of the season to give Cal a early 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, junior forward Alex Morgan had a good look on goal with a shot that was saved by Gael goalkeeper Tara Larson.
Cal had another opportunity with a corner kick at 29:45, freshman Samantha Walker took a shot that went just wide. Saint Mary's got its first shot of the game in the 31st minute off a header from Jessica Menzhuber that went wide. Menzhuber followed up her miss with a goal at 32:47 with a strike off a free kick from 35 yards out to the far post, and the teams went into halftime tied, 1-1.
The Bears controlled the first part of the second half, scoring a goal in the 57th minute when Morgan took a shot from eight yards out to the near post off the assist by Miranda White. Morgan's goal was her third gamewinner of the year.
Junior Emily Shibata kicked off a successful 67th minute with a shot that was saved by Larson. Sophomore midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir collected the rebound from 10 yards out, and shot it past the keeper for her third goal of the year and Cal's third score of the game.
Omarsdottir came through again with a goal at 78:44, with Morgan coming in with the assist. Omarsdottir took a shot from 12 yards out to far post off a free kick.
The Bears have out shot their opponents in six out of this seasons' seven games for a combined total of 83-38.
The 4-1 win over the Gaels was the fourth time in 2009 that the Bears have scored four goals. When scoring four or more times, Cal is 4-0. The Bears are now 6-0 when scoring first.
Morgan paces the Bears with seven goals. Omarsdottir is now second on the squad with a four scores.
Next, the Bears return home, where they are a perfect 4-0, to host Cal Poly on Friday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. Cal holds an all-time 3-1-0 series record over the Mustangs, and won the past two meetings, the most recent of which was a 2-1 overtime win Oct. 3, 1997. Last year, Cal Poly went 10-9-1 overall and 5-3-0 in the Big West Conference for third place.