Women's Soccer: Hamm's Hat Trick Helps Bears Forget Heat, Beat Bulldogs

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Tracy Hamm has always had the famous name, but she's wasting no time making her own reputation.

After the Cal forward's dominating performance against Fresno State yesterday, the comparisons to Mia can shift from their shared last names to the awesome scoring talent they both possess.

Hamm scored a hat trick and helped the No. 5 Bears (5-1-1) overcome a shaky first half en route to a 4-1 victory over the Bulldogs (1-6).

It was the first hat trick for Cal since Oct. 1, 2000, when Laura Schott notched three goals against the University of San Diego.

"Tracy did a great job of creating chances for herself and making those chances dangerous," coach Kevin Boyd said of his rising star.

The first of Hamm's three goals came in the contest's 7th minute, when she scored on a loose ball in front of the Bulldog goal.

The Bears began the first half strong but soon became befuddled by the intense Fresno heat.

"It was at least 100 degrees on the field," Boyd said. "I just think they let it get to them a little."

While Cal struggled, Fresno State seemed to thrive in the oppressive conditions and grabbed an equalizer when Finnish import Katri Nokso-Koivisto scored in the 23rd minute.

"I thought Fresno State did a good job handling that heat," Boyd said. "They played well in the first half."

The Bulldogs kept the game knotted at one going into the break on the strength of a stout defense.

"We did a good job of shutting down the passing lanes in the first half," Fresno State coach Stacy Welp said. "We made it really tough for them to dump it into their forwards."

The second half was a different story.

The Bears were the aggressors from the start of the period and hammered the nail in the coffin with three unanswered second-half goals.

"I think the biggest thing we did well in the second half was dealing with the heat factor and not making it an issue," Boyd said.

Cal took back the lead in the 50th minute when the Bears' Dania Cabello slammed home the rebound off a Kim Yokers header.

"We were a little tougher mentally," Boyd said. "We started getting the chances we wanted."

Hamm put the finishing touches on the rout, scoring on unassisted breakaways in the 65th and 68th minutes.

The three goals bring Hamm's total to a team-leading six goals on the year, more than twice the amount tallied by any other player on Cal's roster.

The next closest on the list are Cabello and Brittany Kirk with two goals apiece.

After playing five home games and venturing no farther out than the Central Valley so far this season, the Bears travel to the East Coast next weekend to face Pennsylvania and Hartford.


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