USC Gets Best Of Washington With 2-1 Home Win

Oct. 23, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's soccer team sidestepped a scare with another late-game goal to push the Trojans' to a five-game winning streak at home with Sunday's 2-1 win over visiting Washington. With Rosa Tantillo's gamewinner at the 84:37 mark in the game, the Women of Troy have now posted three consecutive wins with goals scored in the final six minutes of play. Tantillo has scored two of those, and the junior midfielder now boasts 10 game-winning goals in her career to rank No. 3 all-time. Sunday's win moves USC to 9-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in Pac-10 play, while Washington is now 0-14-3 and 0-6-0.

The Women of Troy managed to put a great deal of pressure on the Huskies' back line, and the Trojans tacked up a score in the 17th minute of play. Off a Washington foul, junior defender Lindsay Parker (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis HS) lined up for the free kick near midfield and sailed it to junior forward Tracy Lansing (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS) on the right side of the field. Lansing drilled a hard, accurate cross to an eager freshman forward Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) in the box. Rodriguez got a solid head on it and nailed the ball to the back of the net for her team-leading sixth goal of the season and second of the weekend.

Now with a 1-0 lead, USC settled into control of the game, but was unable to put in another score even with six corner kick chances in the first half. The Trojan defense held back the Huskies strikers until almost 10 minutes left in the game, when Sarah Dougherty sent the ball into the box for Dani Bridges. Bridges knocked the ball in to level the game at 1-1 in the 79th minute of play.

The Trojans upped their pressure on the Washington goal and had a couple opportunities, including a hard shot from Tantillo (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla HS) off a cross by Kat Stolpa (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS). On the next chance, however, Tantillo got it done, thanks to a pass from Leah Gallegos (Los Angeles, Calif./Franklin HS). Tantillo took the ball from about 10 yards out and powered it in for her 10th game-winning goal of her career and a 2-1 lead late in the game.

USC continues Pac-10 action with a trip to Northern California to face Stanford on Friday (Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and California on Sunday (Oct. 30) at 1 p.m.

UW (0-14-3, 0-6-0)	0	1	--	1USC (9-4-2, 3-1-1)	1	1	­--	2

Scoring Summary:USC 17:12 Amy Rodriguez (Tracy Lansing, Lindsay Parker)UW 79:16 Dani Bridges (Sarah Dougherty)USC 84:37 Rosa Anna Tantillo (Leah Gallegos)

Shots: USC 12, UW 4 Corners: USC 7, UW 2 Fouls: USC 11, UW 5Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 2; Kelsey Rasmussen (UW) 6, Lizzy Showman (UW) 0

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