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Lenhart leads 'Quakes to win in D.C.

Jun 12, 2011 - 1:59 AM Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Steven Lenhart stepped up for the second game in a row without San Jose's usual goal-scoring hero Chris Wondolowski on international duty, scoring three goals while adding an assist to lead the Earthquakes to a 4-2 win at D.C. United on Saturday.

Andy Najar actually opened the scoring for the home side on Andy Najar bobble head night when he converted a perfect feed from Josh Wolff in the 13th minute.

But just two minutes later Lenhart scored the first of his three goals when he got behind the defense on a Khari Stephenson though-ball, cut around D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid and fired home. He got behind because he beat the United offside trap on the play.

Just seven minutes later Lenhart gave his team a 2-1 lead when he laid a ball off to Stephenson at the top of the area. Stephenson fired on goal, and although Hamid made the save, Lenhart was there to knock home the rebound.

D.C. United rookie Blake Brettschneider scored his first MLS goal in the 34th minute when he took a Chris Korb ball at the top of the area with his back to goal, took a touch inside and turned and fired just inside the near post to make it 2-2.

San Jose went up 3-2 four minutes after the break when Simon Dawkins took a feed from Lenhart in the middle of the area and blasted into the bottom left corner for his fourth goal of the season.

Lenhart completed the hat trick when he headed a ball over an onrushing Hamid, who missed punching the ball away and was caught out of position at the hour mark.