USC Soccer Shows Strength In 4-2 Scrimmage Win Over Cal State Northridge

Aug. 20, 2005

The USC women's soccer team got a solid start to its 2005 campaign in a scrimmage against Cal State Northridge. The teams played four 30-minute periods at McAlister Field on Saturday afternoon, with the Women of Troy posting a 4-2 decision over the visiting Matadors.

USC's power up front was apparent early. Freshman forward Amy Rodriguez -- deep in Matador territory -- punched the ball to junior forward Tracy Lansing on the face of the goal. Lansing made quick work of the opportunity to put the Trojans on the board just minutes into play.

The next 30-minute period went scoreless, but USC got back on the attack in the third. This time sophomore forward Lauren Brown tallied the unassisted score for the Trojans. In the fourth frame, senior midfielder Jocelyn Leche got tangled with her Cal State Northridge defender, and USC was awarded a penalty shot. Rodriguez lined it up and drilled home the score for a 3-0 advantage.

Cal State Northridge was able to score twice in the final period of play, but the Trojans stayed in stride with a pair of their own. Following Rodriguez's penalty kick, Matador Mary Ortega found the back of the net for CSUN's first goal. Not long after, another USC freshman stepped in for one last Trojan strike. Forward Nini Loucks slipped in a score past CSUN goalie April Cline to notch a 4-1 edge for USC.

Cal State Northridge managed one last score with just four minutes left in the lengthy scrimmage. Kaitlyn Kelly caught the USC defense off-guard to register CSUN's second goal and cap off the day's score at 4-2 USC.

The Trojans 2005 season kicks off officially on Friday, Aug. 26 against Florida State. The season opener is set for 3 p.m. at McAlister Field.

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