Hamm Nets Hat Trick in No. 4 Cal's 4-1 Win Over Fresno State
Sept. 22, 2002
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman forward Tracy Hamm scored her first career hat trick to lead No. 4 California to a 4-1 victory over Fresno State Sunday at Bulldog Stadium. The Golden Bears improved to 5-1-1, while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-7.
'We started the game well, had a bit of a lull and ended the first half even,' said Cal head coach Kevin Boyd. 'Then we stepped it up in the second half and took control of the game. The big character test came in the second half. The scoreboard said it was 95 degrees. We handled the heat better in the second half, and Fresno lost its spirit after we put away a few goals.'
Hamm gave the Bears an early lead with a goal in the seventh minute by putting away a shot from the left side. The goal was set up by junior midfielder Kassie Doubrava, who leads the team with three assists.
Fresno State's Kotri Koivisto-Nokso evened the game at 1-1 with her fourth goal of the season in the 24th minute by converting a pass from Koleen Anderson.
The Bears struck quickly in the second half as they did in the first. In the 50th minute, freshman forward Dania Cabello finished a Cal corner kick with a header past Fresno State goalkeeper Mary-Tyler Wahl. Senior midfielder Carly Fuller took the corner kick, and junior midfielder Kim Yokers headed the ball to Cabello for the eventual game-winning goal.
'We were happy to get a goal off a corner kick because we'd been working on it in practice,' said Boyd.
Hamm capped the Bears' highest scoring output of 2002 with goals in the 65th and 68th minutes on breakaways. The Moraga, Calif., product leads Cal with 12 points and six goals after recording Cal's first hat trick since All-American Laura Schott had one against San Diego, Oct. 1, 2000. Fuller earned her second assist of the day on Hamm's final goal.
'Tracy just put the ball away,' said Boyd. 'She could have had a few more. Prior to her first one-v-one goal, she had just missed a similar opportunity. This time she took her time and scored.'
Cal held a 13-12 edge on shots and an 11-7 advantage for shots on goal. Hamm led both teams with five shots, four being on goal. Wahl collected six saves for the Bulldogs, while Cal's redshirt junior Sani Post grabbed five saves in 75 minutes in the net, and senior Lee Ann Morton added one save in her first 15 minutes of action this year.
The Bears wrap up a four-game road trip next weekend with a trip to the East Coast. Friday, Cal battles Penn at 3:30 p.m. ET, and Sunday, the Bears face Hartford at noon ET. Schott hopes to return against Penn after missing the last five games with a knee injury, but her status remains day-to-day.