No. 22 Women Of Troy Winds Up In 1-1 Draw With No. 29 Georgia
Sept. 16, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 22 Women of Troy pinned up an impressively quick score in their face-off with No. 29 Georgia, but ended up in a double-overtime battle with the Bulldogs to finish with their first tie of the season. The two ranked teams were the opening act in the LMU Four-Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament, followed by host LMU and Oakland. The draw moves USC to 3-2-1 on the season, while it marked the end to six straight wins for Georgia, which is now 6-0-1.
The Trojans wasted no time getting to the Bulldog goal. After the opening kickoff, Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) pushed the ball up to Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) on the right side of the goal. Rodriguez then delivered a sharp cross to Tracy Lansing (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) on the left, and Lansing drilled her shot crosscage to get the Trojans on the board just 16 seconds into the game.
The USC defense managed to deter five Georgia corner kicks in the first half. On the other end of the field, the USC strikers continued to harass the Bulldog defense, although two late USC attacks were just off the mark. Rodriguez and fellow freshman forward Nini Loucks (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon HS) each put solid shots on the Georgia goal late in the first half. Rodriguez got a foot on the ball after a Loucks cross, but the attempt went wide. Soon after, Rodriguez got the ball in to Loucks, and Loucks' sharp shot glanced off the opposite post.
The second half progressed similarly to the first, until Georgia stepped up its pressure late in the game. In the 86th minute of play, Georgia's Missy Vierling lined up for a corner kick and launched a nice ball through to Randi-Lynn Bruso on the right side of the goal for the tying score. In the first overtime, neither team was able to get off a shot, keeping it locked at 1-1 for the final overtime frame. On a set play off the foul, Strong pushed the ball to Rodriguez, who set up Loucks for the shot that sailed just high. USC got one last opoprtunity in the 117th minute on a corner kick, but the ensuing header went wide.
USC next faces Oakland (3-1-1) in the LMU Tournament. The Trojans are set to play the Golden Grizzlies on Sunday (Sept. 18) at 10 a.m.
Georgia (6-0-1) 0 1 -- 0 0 -- 1USC (3-2-1) 1 0 -- 0 0 -- 1
Shots: USC 15, UGA 6 Corners: USC 4, UGA 10 Fouls: USC 11, UGA 10Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 3; Team (USC) 1, Lauren Church (UGA) 4.