USC Stuck In 0-0 Tie In Scrimmage With San Diego State

Aug. 19, 2006

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team got bogged down with a scoreless scrimmage at San Diego State on Saturday. The Trojans and the Aztecs both created good chances on goal during the 90 minutes of action, but it was USC junior goalkeeper Veronica Simonton who stood tall by single-handedly stifling several SDSU attacks.

On two different San Diego State breakthroughs, Simonton went one-on-one with Aztec strikers to stuff their shot attempts. In the third 30-minute period of play, Simonton made an outstanding leaping save to punch away a shot attempt chipped over her head. Simonton finished with four saves in her 60 minutes of scrimmage time in goal. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brittany Massro held down the fort in the second 30-minute period and picked up a save during her time in goal. All told, San Diego State had seven shots, compared to USC's five in the scrimmage.

On the offensive end of the field, USC earned a few opoprtunities, but were unable to get to the back of the net. The Aztec goalkeeper stole away a pair of dangerous USC crosses in the first period of play, and then an Aztec defender made a goal-line save on Jocelyn Hein's shot off a corner kick in the second period.

Redshirt freshman Marihelen Tomer also helped create another strong USC chance in the third period when she got loose on the left side and delivered a cross to Rosa Anna Tantillo. Tantillo headed the ball down to Stacey Strong in front, but Strong's shot arced just over the goal.

USC will kick off the 2006 season this weekend with its home opener on Friday (Aug. 25) against UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field. Nonconference play continues two days later with a match against UC Irvine at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 27).

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