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 Golden Bears are now 6-3-1 and the Broncos are 8-4-1 overall. 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. Angeli headed the ball towards goal and Goynes shot it in.
Cal took two shots in 20 minutes of overtime and SCU had four, but neither could connect. This is Cal's first draw of the year.
Cal earned a penalty kick in the 101st minute of play, which Alex Morgan took but the Santa Clara keeper Henninger made a diving save to her left and tipped the ball up and over the crossbar.
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. Aguilera ended up making a total of five saves. With three shots, Morgan paced Cal, and teamed with six other Bears to make 11 shots in 110 minutes of play.
Next weekend, the Bears kick off the Pac-10 half of the season with a two-game swing on the Oregon Trail. Cal travels to Eugene to play the Ducks at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, and then heads up to Corvallis to take on the Beavers at noon on Sunday, Oct. 11. Last season, the Bears swept the Oregon schools with a harrowing 1-0 win over Oregon State and a 5-1 demolishing of Oregon.
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