Roach Scores From Way Downtown In Victory For Women's Soccer

Sept. 29, 2002

IRVINE, Calif. -- Defender Amanda Roach's goal on a free kick from 30-35 yards out proved to be the game-winner Sunday and the No. 18 USC Trojans defeated the UC Irvine Anteaters, 2-1, in non-conference action at Anteater Stadium. USC (4-3-2) is 4-1-2 in its last seven games and have allowed only three goals during that span.

UCI (3-5) woke up the Women of Troy after Lindsay Duke scored in the seventh minute with a short rainbow shot over USC goalkeeper Julie Peterson in front of the goal. Junior forward Jessica Edwards answered quickly with her second goal of the season for USC on a header off a cross from midfielder Kelly Blais.

Roach took a free kick at 25:48 for the Women of Troy and hit a perfect shot over the head of UCI goalkeeper Chelsea McCarthy into the upper left corner of the goal

'Initially, it looked like we didn't come out to play,' said USC head coach Jim Millinder. 'After UCI scored, we came out with more intensity. This is a difficult place to get a result, but we found a way to get it done today. We just have to play one game at a time and shore up the communication in our backfield.'

USC will return home to McAlister Field next weekend for two non-conference games against West Coast Conference opponents. The Women of Troy will play Loyola Marymount on Friday (Oct. 4) at 3 p.m. and defending national champion Santa Clara on Sunday (Oct. 6) at 1 p.m.

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