Sept. 28, 2007
Berkeley, CA - California forward Alex Morgan netted three goals to propel No. 22 California to a 4-0 victory over the Saint Mary's women's soccer team on Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. T the Gaels dropped to 4-3-2, while the Golden Bears improved to 7-2 overall.
Morgan sent Cal into the locker room with a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal in the 21st minute. Senior midfielder Caroline Lea's shot wasn't saved cleanly by Saint Mary's goalkeeper, Tara Larson, and Morgan easily knocked in the rebound.
Cal scored its final three goals in a seven-minute stretch of the second half, beginning with an unassisted goal by Morgan in the 53rd minute. The Diamond Bar, Calif., product dribbled around the goalkeeper and tapped the ball into the open net.
Lea gave the Bears a 3-0 edge when she headed in a shot in the 56th minute for her third goal of 2007. Senior midfielder Caitlin Hannegan registered the assist, as it was her shot that was deflected out by the goalkeeper that led to the goal.
Morgan capped the scoring in the 60th minute after also capitalizing on a shot that wasn't properly cleared by Saint Mary's. Junior defender Nkechi Kanu earned an assist on the play.
Cal held a 23-5 shot advantage, including a 12-2 edge in shots on goal. Morgan led the Bears with seven shots (four on goal), and Lea launched five shots, all of which were on goal. Danielle Spann led the Gaels with two shots on the afternoon.
Sophomore Gina Pellegrini and freshman Jorden Kussmann each played a half and recorded a save apiece to help Cal earn its seventh shutout win.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Sunday against the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal. The game between SMC and Stanford will kick-off at 1 p.m. at Maloney Field in Stanford, CA.