No. 17 USC Blasts To 4-0 Win Over UNLV
Sept. 17, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team posted its most decisive victory of the season and rang up its winning streak to five straight shutout victories with a lopsided 4-0 win over visiting UNLV on Sunday at McAlister Field. Senior midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo drilled her 12th career game-winning goal after taking on a Rebel defender one-on-one early in the match. Tantillo finished off the day with two goals, boosting her point total for the Trojans to 11 on the season and 67 in her USC career to stand at No. 4 all-time. With the victory, USC improves to 5-1-1 on the year, while UNLV moves to 2-5-1.
The Women of Troy put the Rebels on their heels early, and the pressure paid off in the ninth minute of action when sophomoe midfielder Ashley Nick knocked a long ball up to Tantillo. Tantillo got loose and challenged her defender in front of the goal, slicing off a shot to the left side of the net out of reach of UNLV's charging goalkeeper Alicia Lugo. That game-winning goal pushed Tantillo to stand at No. 2 all-time on USC's career game-winners list with 12. Former USC assistant coach and player Isabelle Harvey holds the top mark of 21 game-winners in her USC career.
Just five minutes later, the Trojan offensive onslaught broke through again. Again, Nick sent a ball up on the attack, feeding sophomore forward Amy Rodriguez on the right flank. Rodriguez made the centering pass to Lauren Brown, but Brown was tripped up, giving the Trojans a free kick about 23 yards out at the top of the box. Sophomore midfielder Stacey Strong lined up the kick and found Rodriguez open on the right side. One quick move later, Rodriguez rifled off a shot that ripped to the back of the net for a 2-0 USC lead that stood tall through the remainder of the half. UNLV earned a few chances in the half, the most dangerous of which came later in the half when Katie Carney and Haley Partridge got good looks that resulted in a header that went in but was negated due to an offsides call against the Rebels.
It took around eight minutes for the Trojans to score in the second half. A free kick opportunity lined up Tantillo for a long strike on the UNLV goal from deep and wide on the right side of the field. She lauched the ball to the goal box, where the ball deflected off the UNLV goalie and a defender and made its way in for another USC goal and Tantillo's second of the day.
USC's final score of the match came with just over three minutes left to play. Tracy Lansing lofted a corner kick from the left side, and Nick got up high to put a head on the ball and knock it in for the sophomore's first goal of her USC career.
The Women of Troy are at home again next week to face San Diego at 3 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 22) at McAlister Field. After that, the Trojans head to LMU to face the Lions at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 24) in Westchester, Calif.
USC 4, UNLV 0
USC 2 - 2 -- 4
UNLV 0 - 0 -- 0
Veronica Simonton (USC) 3; Alicia Lugo (UNLV) 1, Ciera Nero (UNLV) 2.