Women's Soccer Pulls Off 1-0 Upset Over No. 5 Penn State
Sept. 6, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Megan Abbamonto scored in the 85th minute Friday and the USC Trojans upset the No. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions, 1-0, in first-day action at the UCLA Women's Cup. Abbamonto scored from about 25 yards out after knocking a shot over the head of Penn State goalkeeper Amanda Brown.
It was the first goal of the season for USC (1-2) and one of the biggest wins in the program's 10-year history.
'I thought our defense played very well,' said USC head coach Jim Millinder. 'We did a good job of shutting down (Penn State's Christie) Welsh. We hung in there and took advantage of our opportunities.'
Penn State (1-1) outshot the Women of Troy by a 15-12 margin. Amanda Lentz had a shot in the box at the 67th minute that was blocked on the goal line by a Trojan defender and the Nittany Lions had several corner kicks in the final two minutes of the match.
Abbamonto led the Women of Troy with four shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Peterson played an exceptional match, recorded six saves. Peterson collided with a Penn State player in the 82nd minute, but played the remaining minutes after the stoppage.
USC will play No. 2 Virginia on Sunday (Sept. 10) at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus. Sunday's game will be the third time in four games that USC has played a team ranked in the top five nationally.
USC (1-2) 0-1---1Penn State (1-1) 0-0---0
USC 84:00 Megan Abbamonto - unassisted
Shots: USC 12, PSU 15 Corners: USC 5, PSU 8Fouls: USC 8, PSU 11
Saves: Julie Peterson (USC) 6; Amanda Brown (PSU) 5