No. 22 Women of Troy Falll 3-1 To No. 4 Penn State
Sept. 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 22 Women of Troy had their three-game winning streak snapped by a tough No. 4-ranked Penn State squad on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-1 to the Nittany Lions in the UCLA Women's Cup. With the win, Penn State earned the tournament title and pumped its undefeated record to 6-0, while USC's overall record moved to 3-2.
The Trojan defense was shaken early when Penn State got deep and managed a goal in the first minute of play. Senior All-American Tiffany Weimer knocked in the crosscage score off an assist from Carmelina Moscato just 56 seconds into play. The Women of Troy managed to pick up their play following the quick score, however, as goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) and her defense clamped down harder on Penn State strikers while the USC front lines upped their pressure on the Penn State goal. At the 35-minute mark, USC earned its first corner kick of the game, and the Trojans were a constant force up front for the remainder of the half. Freshmen Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) and Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) tag-teamed for a pair of solid offensive strikes before halftime, although it wasn't until the 43-minute mark that the Trojans were able to break through. Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla HS) delivered another well-placed corner kick on goal, which Kat Stolpa (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) got a head on for Rodriguez to finish off. Rodriguez's score locked things up at 1-1 going into halftime.
The teams traded corner kick opportunities in the second half. USC's Rodriguez got a solid head on Tantillo's next offer, but the shot went high of the cage. Not long after, Penn State got deep in Trojan territory and punched in a pair of goals in a 10-minute span. The first came from Weimer once again, whose goal at 63:20 made it 2-1 Penn State. Then, at 72:03, Weimer notched an assist for herself as well when Ali Krieger put in Penn State's third goal of the game.
At game's end, USC's Rodriguez, Tantillo and freshman defender Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md./Dulaney HS) all earned All-Tournament honors.
USC next faces Georgia and Oakland in the LMU Tournament next weekend. The Trojans are set to play the Bulldogs on Friday (Sept. 16) at 1 p.m. and then Oakland on Sunday (Sept. 18) at 10 a.m.
Penn St. (6-0) 1 2 -- 3USC (3-2) 1 0 -- 1
Shots: USC 8, PSU 7 Corners: USC 4, PSU 4 Fouls: USC 3, PSU 4Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 3; Erin McLeod (PSU) 2.
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