No. 5 California Records 2-1 Women's Soccer Win In Second Overtime Over No. 12 USC Trojans
Oct. 27, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- Brittany Kirk scored at 118:45 in the second overtime period Friday as the No. 5 California Golden Bears recorded a 2-1 Pac-10 Conference victory over the host No. 12 USC Trojans in a wild affair. Cal improves to 15-1-1 overall and continue its hold on second place in the Pac-10 with a 5-1 record. USC falls to 11-4-2 overall and 3-2-1 in Pac-10 play.
The Trojans were down a player through the entire overtime when senior midfielder Katie Ticehurst picked up her second yellow card of the match in the 81st minute. With the red card, Ticehurst will sit out Sunday's game against No. 9 Stanford, which will also be Senior Day for the Trojans.
The fireworks started at 79:17 when Laura Schott recorded her 21st goal of the season for the Golden Bears when she knocked a header in off a 30-yard free kick from Nat Stuhlmueller. The Trojans answered quickly on a goal by freshman Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS), who knocked in a feed from junior Christy Callier. Edwards now leads the Trojans with nine goals on the season and has three goals in her last two games.
'The kids really fought hard, but you can't play down a player for that long against a top team like Cal,' said USC Head Coach Jim Millinder. 'We had a lack of control today and the ball just didn't bounce our way. I know this will be a letdown emotionally for the team, but we have to regroup for Stanford.'
Both teams had quality chances in overtime. Stuhlmueller made a save at the goaline in the 99th minute off a header by the Trojans' Megan Abbamonto off a corner kick. Schott almost put the match away in the 100th minute with a strike that was knocked over the crossbar by USC goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes.
USC had 29 fouls on the match, including four yellow cards (Ticehurst with two yellow cards and automatic ejection).
The Trojans will play their final regular season home match on Sunday (Oct. 29) against No. 9 Stanford at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 1 p.m.
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