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Golden Nuggets: Alex Morgan Leads The Way For USWNT

With eight goals in nine games, Alex Morgan is one of the main reasons why the USWNT has dominated so far in 2016.

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Bears Beat SDSU, 10-9, in OT Thriller

BERKELEY - In overtime, Kate Mattimore's free-position shot was partially stopped by the San Diego State goalie, but still got past her and into the cage, giving the California women's lacrosse team a 10-9 victory over the Aztecs Sunday afternoon from Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.

The Golden Bears improved to 3-4 and 1-1 in MPSF Conference play this season after winning the tightly-contested game through light rain. Today's win was Cal's first victory over SDSU since 2013, and the Bears now lead the all-time series, 3-2.

"This is a huge win for us," said Cal head coach Brooke Eubanks. "After trying to rebound from last year, we set our goal of getting into the MPSF Tournament and making a statement this year. We've been doing that all along, but this is a huge part in getting there."

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Three Players, 22 Goals: Alex Morgan

Only nine games deep into 2016, the U.S. Women's National Team has already qualified for the Olympics, won the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, which featured four of the top five teams in the world, and compiled an unblemished 9-0-0 record while outscoring opponents 32-1.

Three players have played major roles in the scoring output as forwards Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn, and midfielder Carli Lloyd, have racked up a combined 22 goals so far. The direct combination of Lloyd and Morgan are responsible for five of the USA's goals this year, while Dunn tied a WNT record with five goals in a single match.

"This shows the depth that we have on this team," Morgan said. "To see the amount of goals that Crystal has with the limited time that she's been playing, not really starting every game, it just shows that any player can come in and make an impact. Having all three of us score this many goals at the start of 2016 is great. We can't stop now, and it's just exciting to see all of the other players that also started 2016 so well."

With a team-leading eight goals in nine games, Morgan is off to her best start in a season since 2012, when she scored seven goals through the first nine games of the year. In fact, she has already surpassed her total from 2015, when she notched seven goals in 22 games.

Perhaps the most positive aspect of Morgan's goals is not the number, but the various ways in which she has scored them.