No. 22 Women Of Troy Back On Track With 3-0 Win Over Oakland
Sept. 18, 2005
The No. 22 Women of Troy wiped away a first half of scoreless play against Oakland with a bending corner kick from senior Jocelyn Leche (Pinole, Calif./Salesian HS) in the 57th minute of play. From there, the Trojans swamped their previous scoring drought with two more second-half goals to register a 3-0 victory over the Grizzlies at the LMU-Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament in Westchester, Calif. on Sunday morning. With the win, USC improves to 4-2-1, and Oakland moves to 3-3-1 on the season.
The Women of Troy dominated play from the start, keeping the ball largely in their own possession in the Oakland half of the field. Getting the ball in the back of the net, however, proved an obstacle, as the Trojans suffered a few more near misses, as in Friday's 1-1 tie with Georgia. It wasn't until the 57-minute mark that USC broke through. Taking her corner kick from the right side, Leche curved the ball up, over and through the players in the box. The ball found its way to the back post, glancing into the goal for the 1-0 USC lead and marking Leche's first goal of the season.
Three minutes later, the Women of Troy again had their pressure on the Oakland defense pay off. Junior Hillary Schwarzbach (Santa Cruz, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley HS) soared a cross that a Grizzly defender got a head on, but Tracy Lansing (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) got control on the left side, drilling the shot nearside for a 2-0 lead. That score marked Lansing's second of the tournament, having scored in the first 16 seconds of Friday's match against Georgia.
Momentum stayed with USC, thanks in part to the addition of senior transfer Leah Gallegos (Los Angeles, Calif./Franklin HS/FSU), now back in action after suffering a torn ACL last season while playing at Florida State. In her second appearance for the Trojans, Gallegos made her presence known when she moved the ball upfield in the 70th minute of play and fed it to freshman Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS). Strong -- who had been threatening the Oakland defense all game -- nailed her opportunity and tacked up her first collegiate goal to secure a 3-0 victory for the Women of Troy.
The shutout bumps USC goalkeeper Veronica Simonton's (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) 2005 total to three shutouts so far, having shared time in goal in USC's 4-0 win over UC Irvine.
USC goes out-of-state for its next match, traveling to Dallas to face Southern Methodist on Friday (Sept. 23) at 5 p.m.
Oakland (3-3-1) 0 0 -- 0USC (4-2-1) 0 3 -- 3
Shots: USC 20, OAK 6 Corners: USC 5, OAK 3 Fouls: USC 8, OAK 7Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 4; Jessica Howard (OAK) 4, Team (OAK) 1.