No. 22 Women Of Troy Post 2-0 Win Over Colorado
Sept. 9, 2005
WESTWOOD, CALIF. -- The No. 22 USC women's soccer team tacked up its third consecutive shutout victory with a 2-0 decision over Colorado in a late game at the UCLA Women's Cup. Despite a delayed start due to Penn State's 1-0 overtime win over host UCLA before the USC-Colorado face-off, the Trojans stepped up and kept pressure on the Buffaloes throughout the contest. With the win, USC improves to 3-1, and Colorado moves to 1-2-2. The Trojans next face undefeated Penn State on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 2 p.m. at Drake Stadium in Westwood, Calif.
As the first half threatened to pass by without either team getting to the back of the net, Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) got loose deep in Buffalo territory. After busting a sharp move past her Colorado defender, Rodriguez laced a cross to Jocelyn Hein (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) on the right side of the goal. Hein made quick work of the opportunity, registering her second goal of the season for a 1-0 USC advantage in the 43rd minute of play.
Now feeling some breathing room with the first-half goal, USC settled in and stepped up its pressure on the Colorado goal. Junior forward Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla HS) delivered several corner kick opportunities early in the half, and by the 62nd minute of play, the Women of Troy finished off her efforts. Tantillo sent her third corner kick of the half to the face of the goal, where freshman defender Meagan Holmes got her head on it to lift the Trojans to a 2-0 lead and notch her second goal of the season. The assist marked Tantillo's sixth assist of the season.
Once again, the Trojan back line was a solid force against opposing strikers. Sophomore goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) had four saves in the shutout victory, while defenders Holmes, Kat Stolpa (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS), Hillary Schwarzbach (Sant Cruz, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley HS) and Jocelyn Leche (Pinole, Calif./Salesian HS) turned away numerous Colorado efforts at an attack.
USC's next faces No. 4 Penn State in the UCLA Women's Cup. The Trojans play the Nittany Lions on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 2 p.m. at Drake Stadium.
Colorado (1-2-2) 0 0 -- 0USC (3-1) 1 1 -- 2
Shots: USC 10, CU 10 Corners: USC 7, CU 7 Fouls: USC 7, CU 9Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 4; Jessica Keller (CU) 5
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