Women Of Troy Open 2004 Season With 3-2 Win Against Rhode Island

Aug. 27, 2004

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) scored the game-winning goal at 53:07 Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the Rhode Island Rams, 3-2, in the 2004 regular season opener for both teams. USC is now 9-3 all-time in season openers after winning the first game of the 2004 Nike Seminole Classic, hosted by Florida State.The 4:30 p.m. start (Eastern time) provided a battle of the elements for both teams as the game-time temperature hit 94 degrees with 44% humidity.'It was a good start to the season and at the end of the day, we got the result,' said USC head coach Jim Millinder. 'We have some work to do defensively. We let (Rhode Island) back in the game, but we got organized at halftime and came out strong in the second half. We just need to finish our chances.'The game started at a furious pace as four goals were scored in an eight-minute span. Sophomore midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo scored at 8:17 for the Women of Troy, tucking a shot underneath Rhode Island goalkeeper Kirsten Marra. USC made it a 2-0 lead at 13:42 when senior Ashley Casas hit a one-timer from six yards out.The Rams responded quickly with goals on their first two shots of the match. Claire Landon scored the first goal at 14:26 on a header off a free kick from 40 yards out by Kelly McTurk. Megan Kasperek tied the match at 16:07 on a header off a free kick from 40 yards out from her sister, Melanie Kasperek.In the second half, senior Kelly Blais fed a pass to junior Tina Sutorius on the left side. Sutorius served the ball to Cross on the near post for the game-winner.USC outshot Rhode Island by a 26-5 margin in the first meeting ever between the two teams.The Women of Troy will face No. 5 Florida State on Sunday (Aug. 29) at 1 p.m. Eastern. The game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on www.seminoles.com

URI (0-1)   2-0---2USC (1-0)   2-1---3USC	8:17	Rosa Anna TantilloUSC	13:42	Ashley Casas (Jocelyn Leche)URI	14:26	Claire Landon (Kelly McTurk)URI	16:07	Megan Kasparek (Melanie Kasperek)USC	53:07	Shannon Cross (Tina Sutorius, Kelly Blais)Shots: URI 5, USC 26		Corners: URI 0, USC 6Fouls: URI 4, USC 8Saves:  Kirsten Marra (URI) 8, Team (URI) 2; Julie Peterson (USC) 1
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