Women Of Troy Drop 3-2 Double OT Heartbreaker To No. 11 UCLA
Nov. 7, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Greco's golden goal at 101:52 gave the No. 11 UCLA Bruins the 3-2 double overtime victory over the USC Trojans in Pac-10 Conference action at McAlister Field. It was the final regular season game for both teams as the Bruins earn five points in the Lexus Gauntlet standings, the year-long competition between USC and UCLA.
UCLA improves to 13-6 overall and win a share of the Pac-10 regular season championship with a 6-3 mark, tied with Arizona. USC finishes the regular season at 9-9-1 and 3-6 in conference. The Women of Troy will now wait to see about a possible seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament when the 64-team bracket is announced tomorrow live on ESPNEWS at approximately 1 p.m. Pacific.
USC recognized its six seniors (Rachel Field, Shannon Cross, Kelly Blais, Nikki Goza, Ashley Casas and Julie Peterson) in their final regular season game at home and one made an immediate contribution. Cross scored her fourth goal of the season in the fifth minute when she lifted a shot into the upper left corner on a deflection off UCLA goalkeeper Valerie Henderson. The Trojans packed it in during the first half and held a 1-0 advantage at halftime.
The Bruins answered with a fierce attack in the second half and produced the tying goal in the 53rd minute as Bristyn Davis scored her 12th of the year off an assist from Danesha Adams. The game turned again for the Women of Troy in the 59th minute thanks to a free kick by sophomore defender Lauren Shepherdson. Her kick from 25 yards out hit the bottom of the right post, bounced off Henderson and into the net for a 2-1 USC lead.
With USC looking to snap a seven-game unbeaten streak against UCLA, both teams battled to the finish with a possible break going UCLA's win to tie the game. Crystal James knocked a shot that hit the right post and bounced back along the goal line, but the linesman called it a goal after stating the ball had crossed the line for a 2-2 score.
In the second overtime, Adams pushed a pass to Greco, who collected at the top of the penalty box and fired the game-winner into the upper left corner.
The Women of Troy produced a gutsy effort after losing two starting defenders in the game to injury (freshman Kat Stolpa with a right knee injury and junior Jocelyn Leche with a right foot injury). Field and freshman Laura McKee covered for the two starters with Stolpa's injury coming in the third minute.
'Our players gave their hearts out today,' said USC head coach Jim Millinder. 'We did everything we could to get a result, but just could not get the breaks. I'm very happy with our effort.'
Sunday's game was broadcast by FSN on a tape-delayed basis and will be replayed on Friday (Nov. 12) at 2 p.m. on FSN2, Saturday (Nov. 13) at 12:30 p.m. on FSN and Monday (Nov. 15) at 1 p.m. on FSN.
#11 UCLA (13-6, 6-3) 0-2-0-1---3USC (9-9-1, 3-6) 1-1-0-0---2
Shots: USC 11, UCLA 22 Corners: USC 3, UCLA 8 Fouls: USC 11, UCLA 14Saves: Julie Peterson (USC) 8; Valerie Henderson (UCLA) 5
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