Semenar Contributes in Two Weekend Victories

Photo: <b>Camellia Senemar</b> returned to the Cal women's soccer team after suffering an ACL injury while playing for her club squad.
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Camellia Senemar returned to the Cal women's soccer team after suffering an ACL injury while playing for her club squad.

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In her first home game as a member of the Cal women's soccer team, substitute Camellia Senemar wowed the crowd with her footwork.

Step-over after step-over, Senemar continued to change the pace of the game every time she touched the ball.

But that was last year.

Only weeks after the 2008 season's close, the freshman suffered an ACL tear while playing for her old club team.

Surgery and crutches. Braces and rehab. Senemar has been through it all in the months since her injury.

During the last few games, while her teammates have been battling on the field, the sophomore has been going through drills along the sideline, trying to get herself in playing shape.

After being cleared to return to practice last week, Senemar finally got back onto the field at Edwards Stadium in Friday's 1-0 win over Portland State.

The forward still has the mind to make the moves and, although her knee hampered her more than she would've liked, Senemar was grateful to be back.

"Today I was happy for the first time in a really long time," Senemar said. "My touch wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be."

The forward still was able to create chances on offense, sending in several crosses as well as three shots in just 50 minutes of action.

Despite her team putting up a video-game number of shots (27), they could only manage one goal of separation when Katrin Omarsdottir cleaned up a Megan Jesolva deflection in the 29th for the empty-netter.

"Our entire performance was lethargic," coach Neil McGuire said. "We came out here thinking that it was going to be a goal-fest, and we left ourselves in a position that with a minute and a half left, they could have easily tied it up.

"This was our least impressive performance of the year. We didn't move forward at all, we moved backwards."

On Sunday in Moraga, Calif., the No. 16 Bears (5-1-0) made good on their chances early in the second leg of the St. Mary's Tournament, when Omarsdottir got on the board in the third minute against SMU (1-4-0).

Then Omarsdottir played the opposite side of the exchange, setting up Alex Morgan in the ninth and doubling the lead to 2-0. Morgan scored another in the 16th to make it three, but the Mustangs struck a minute later with a goal of their own.

Cal forward Lisa Kevorkian tacked on an insurance goal in the 81st, and SMU freshman Kenzie Scovill hit a one timer off a corner five minutes later.

The Mustangs could not get it closer than two before the final whistle called the game at 4-2.

After being disappointed in the effort on Friday, McGuire saw his team turn it around on Sunday.

"We played well in a very physical game," he said. "(Our) players controlled the tempo of the game, managed their emotions and deserved the win."


Contact Joseph Cannon at [email protected]

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