No. 10 Cal Ties No. 11 Santa Clara, 1-1, in Double Overtime
Oct. 4, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The No. 10 California women's soccer team tied No. 11 Santa Clara, 1-1, in double overtime Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium.
The Bears scored the first goal of the game for either team with 43:03 to play in regulation, when Alex Morgan fired one to the back left bottom corner with freshman Lauren Battung coming in with the assist.
Santa Clara got on the board in the 72nd minute with a goal from Maxine Goynes, who was assisted by Jordan Angeli.
Cal earned a penalty kick in the 101st minute of play, which Alex Morgan took but the Santa Clara keeper tipped it out.
Emily Shibata started things off with a shot from the left side in the fourth minute off a pass from Alex Morgan. On the defensive end, senior Katie Oakes cleared a promising cross from Allie Vernon from the far side with 32 remaining in the half. SCU's Katherine Reynolds blocked two shot attempts from Morgan, when she broke free on a fast break.
Morgan had a close call with a shot that the Bronco keeper Biana Henninger deflected to the right of the post. Lauren Battung came frustratingly close to a goal with two shots. Her first attempt was blocked, but she rebounded the ball and regrouped but her second shot missed right.
In what appeared to be a picture-perfect play, senior Katie Oakes passed to Morgan, who put it in the back right, but it was called back because Morgan was offsides. At halftime, the Bears were outshooting the Broncos, 5-2. Cal forced two first-half saves by Hinninger while the Bear defense prevented senior keeper Rosie Aguilera from having to make any stops in the first 45 minutes.
Aguilera made her first stop with just under 30 minutes in the half with an easy save on Lauren Matheson shot.
Golden Bear Notes:~Volunteer assistant coach Kelly Lindsay managed the team today as head coach Neil McGuire was attending to personal matters.~Prior to this meeting, the Bears had won the past four matches with the Broncos, including a 1-0 victory in Berkeley last season and a 2-0 win in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.~Santa Clara is the first team in three games that does not have green as one of its colors.~Morgan's goal was the first Cal score in 240:31 minutes of play with its prior most recent goal occurring in the 79th minute of the 4-1 victory over Saint Mary's on Sept. 18.~Morgan paces the Bears with eight goals. Coming into the weekend, Morgan was tied for 20th in the nation, averaging 0.875 goals per game.~With eight goals under her belt in 10 games this season, Morgan ties her freshman-year record of eight scores. She is just shy of her personal best of nine goals in a season, a feat she achieved last year.~Battung's assist was the first of her Golden Bear career.~Morgan's score was the first time that Cal has scored in the 47th minute in 2009. The Battung-to-Morgan combination was the first time it had occurred.