Home Cooking Does The Trick In 3-2 Win Against St. Mary's

Sept. 19, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Freshman Rosa Anna Tantillo and junior Kelly Blais both scored within a 15-second period during the first half Friday and the No. 21 USC Trojans defeated the St. Mary's Gaels, 3-2, in non-conference action at McAlister Field. It was the home opener for USC after a six-game road trip to begin the season.

USC improved to 3-3-1 overall while St. Mary's fell to 2-4 on the season.

'It took us a while to get settled into the match and I believe their first goal jumpstarted us,' said USC head coach Jim Millinder. 'I thought we did a good job of sticking to our gameplan and attacking the flanks. I think our younger players realize now that they have to step up and play for the full 90 minutes.'

St. Mary's took the lead at 9:30 on Sarah Burgess' first goal of the season. A USC defensive turnover created the opportunity as Lucianne Crenshaw fed a pass to Burgess on the right side for the goal.

The Women of Troy answered at 29:56 on Tantillo's third goal of the season on a free kick from 20 yards out. On the ensuing play, Blais gathered a loose ball and scored from 30 yards out as the Trojans took the lead in a quick span.

In the second half, the Women of Troy controlled the tempo and added another goal at 70:32 when sophomore Tina Sutorius registered her first career goal off two crisp passes by Jessica Edwards and Jenna Killion. The Gaels rallied late with a goal by Chelsea Montero at 87:01, who chipped a shot up close over USC keeper Julie Peterson.

The Trojans outshot the Gaels by a 15-7 margin and had a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks.

USC will host UC Irvine on Sunday (Sept. 21) at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as parking will be limited due to the Emmy Awards taking place nearby at the Shrine Auditorium.

St. Mary's (2-4) 	1-1 -- 2No. 21 USC (3-3-1)	2-1 -- 3

SMU 9:30 Sarah Burgess (Lucianne Crenshaw)USC 29:56 Rosa Anna TantilloUSC 30:11 Kelly BlaisUSC 70:32 Tina Sutorius (Jessica Edwards, Jenna Killion)SMC 87:01 Chelsea Montero

Shots: SMU 7, USC 15 Corners: SMU 1, USC 5 Fouls: SMU 6, USC 14Saves: Alicia Artuso (SMU) 3, Julie Peterson (USC) 2

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