USC Stakes Crucial Comeback For 2-1 Win At Oregon
Oct. 16, 2005
EUGENE, ORE. -- Junior midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla HS) made another leap in USC history with her ninth game-winning goal of her career in the Trojans' 2-1 come-from-behind win over host Oregon on Sunday afternoon. The comeback win was the first of the season for the Women of Troy, and marked their first Pac-10 victory of the year after getting stuck in a pair of double-overtime games. Tantillo now ranks No. 3 all-time in career game-winning goals (nine), and seventh in career points (51). The win improves the Women of Troy to 7-4-2 overall and 1-1-1 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon moves to 8-4-1, 0-4-0.
For the first time this season, USC manufactured a winning comeback after falling behind early. Oregon managed a score in the 18th minute of play when Caitlin Gamble got deep and took a cross from Tiffany Smith, pushing the ball past diving USC goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS). When Oregon again threatened with another deep play similar to its previous scoring attack, defender Hillary Schwarzbach (Santa Cruz, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley HS) came through with a clutch sliding clear at the goalline. With that threat safely past, the Trojans regrouped and put pressure on the Ducks' defense. Shortly after, midfielder Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) pushed the ball ahead to Tantillo 30 yards out. A couple slick moves later, and Tantillo fired a blazing shot that glanced off the top crossbar out of reach of Oregon goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield and in for the tying score at the 33-minute mark.
Now leveled at 1-1 for the second half, the Women of Troy tightened up. The Trojan defensive line and goalie Simonton clamped down on strikes from the Ducks, including a pair of stuffs by defender Kat Stolpa (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) and numerous takeaways from defender Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md./Dulaney HS). The Trojans came close to moving ahead off a free kick by Tantillo, which forward Nini Loucks (Canyon Country, Calif../Canyon HS) got a good head on, but the ball went just high over the goal. Finally, in the 86th minute of play, forward Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) punched the ball into the box for Tantillo. Tantillo got off a quick shot that was stopped by goalie Chatfield, but got loose. Tantillo was ready for the rebound and drilled it through for the game-winner. With just four minutes left to play, the Women of Troy maintained their defensive stand and cleared anything that came deep to secure the much-needed Pac-10 road victory.
USC now returns home to host Washington State on Friday (Oct. 21) and Washington on Sunday (Oct. 23) at McAlister Field.
USC (7-4-2, 1-1-1) 1 1 -- 2 ORE (8-5-1, 0-4-0) 1 0 --- 1
Shots: USC 23, ORE 12 Corners: USC 10, ORE 2 Fouls: USC 16, ORE 12Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 4; Jessie Chatfield (ORE) 11