Cal Holds Off USF, 3-1, in Spring Action

April 9, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - The California women's soccer team defeated San Francisco, 3-1, in a spring game on Wednesday evening across the Bay from Berkeley. Sophomore forward Alex Morgan scored twice to help lift the Golden Bears to their first spring victory.

'We played very well tonight,' Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. 'Our ball movement and combination play was very crisp, and was as good as I have seen in my time here at Cal. We were dynamic off the ball. It was a fun game and great competition.'

Starting for the Bears were: redshirt junior goalkeeper Rosie Aguilera, freshman defender/forward Miranda White, junior defender Brianna Bak, freshman defender Danielle Brunache, freshman defender Kaitlin Paletta.

Sophomore midfield Emily Shibata, sophomore defender/midfield Megan Jesolva, freshman midfielder Katie Suits, sophomore defender/forward McKenna-Louise McKetty, freshman forward Mariam Azimi, and freshman forward Katie Benz rounded out the rest of the starters.

Azimi scored first with a wonderful move down the right side and she finished well off a cross that was cut back on the ground. The Dons responded with a goal of their own to knot the game at 1-1.

Morgan scored her first goal with after she cut in from the left and hammered the ball into the upper 90, clipping the underside of the crossbar from 25 yards.

The teams went into the halftime break with Cal holding the 2-1 lead.

With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, Morgan was pulled down, earning an penalty kick, which she converted to bring the final tally to 3-1.

'San Francisco played hard and gave us a few problems that we had to work hard to solve,' McGuire said. 'They have improved a great deal since our game this time last year. Over the course of the game we controlled the tempo of the game well and were able to create a lot of scoring chances.'

Former Cal letterwinner and assistant coach Maite Zabala is an assistant coach with USF.

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