USC Gets Stuck In Scoreless Tie At Oregon State
Oct. 14, 2005
CORVALLIS, ORE. -- In its second straight double-overtime match, the USC women's soccer team ended up with a 0-0 tie against Oregon State at Lorenz Field on Friday afternoon. The Women of Troy turned up the attack in the second half, but could not get to the back of the OSU net through regulation or two overtime periods. The result means a Pac-10 win has once again evaded the Women of Troy, who are now set to face Oregon on Sunday at noon. USC is now 6-4-2 overall and 0-1-1 in conference play, while Oregon State moves to 8-4-2 and 1-1-1.
The tie was also USC's first-ever against the Beavers, moving the Trojans' all-time record against OSU to 10-2-1. The Women of Troy put forth a solid defensive effort in the game, with big stops coming from every member of the Trojan back line. Sophomore goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hils, Calif./Ayala HS) secured four saves in goal and was an aggressive force in and out of the box for the Trojans.
On the other end of the field, USC's strikers created problems for the Beavers defenders. The speed of Nini Loucks (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon HS) on the wing and midfield presence of Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla HS) and Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) helped open up a number of Trojan opportunities, especially in the second half, when the Trojans outshot the Beavers 8-4. With five minutes left in regulation, Tantillo lined up for a corner kick that Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md./Dulaney HS) got a head on, but the ball went over the goal. Two minutes later, Strong took another solid shot for the Trojans that just missed, and even later in the game, Tantillo sent a dangerous ball into the box on a free kick, but the OSU defense was able to break up the late chance.
Midway through the first overtime frame, Jocelyn Hein (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) sailed a pass up to the face of the OSU goal, and Loucks got a head on it, lofting the ball high over the Beavers' goalkeeper, only to have the shot attempt knock off the crossbar.
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 (6-4-2) 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 0 OSU (8-4-2) 0 0 -- 0 0 -- 0
Shots: USC 11, OSU 8 Corners: USC 2, OSU 3 Fouls: USC 11, OSU 15Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 4; Melissa Onstad (OSU) 3