No. 21 USC Comes Up Short Of SMU In 2-1 Road Loss
Sept. 23, 2005
DALLAS, TEXAS -- USC suffered its second single-goal defeat of the season with a 2-1 road loss to SMU on Friday night in Dallas, Texas. SMU forward Kimber Bailey tacked up a pair of goals in the game before the Women of Troy could mount a response. The loss moves the Trojans to 4-3-1 on the season, and SMU improves to 6-3-1.
Bailey caused some trouble for the Trojan defense. Her ninth goal of the season came after an SMU free kick, which got knocked down in a mass of players in front of the goal. Bailey got control, however, and gave the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of play. Then, early in the second half, Bailey got deep down the middle and pushed SMU ahead 2-0.
Rather than back down, USC managed to find a spark after that second Mustangs score. With increased pressure on the SMU goal, the Trojans finally broke through in the 69th minute. Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) pushed the ball up to fellow freshman forward Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS), and Rodriguez got it right back to strong in front of the goal. Strong made quick work of the opportunity and found the back of the net to cut the score to 2-1. The Women of Troy kept attacking, but none of the strikes were successful, leaving USC with the loss.
USC now returns home its first home game since Aug. 28. The Trojans next face Long Beach State on Tuesday (Sept. 27) at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field.
USC (4-3-1) 0 1 -- 1SMU (6-3-1) 1 1 ¬-- 2
Shots: USC 12, SMU 10 Corners: USC 3, SMU 5 Fouls: USC 11, SMU 10Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 5; Ashley Gunter (SMU) 2
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