No. 19 USC Locks Up 0-0 With No. 24 Stanford
Oct. 6, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- It wasn't for lack of opportunities, but rather for lack of solid shots on goal that rendered the USC and Stanford women's soccer team scoreless in their Pac-10 opener on Friday afternoon at McAlister Field. The Trojans and the Cardinal put pressure on each other throughout regulation and on into two overtime periods, but each time their respective defenses were able to clamp down, leaving USC with its first scoreless effort since falling to top-ranked Notre Dame on Sept. 1. The 0-0 Pac-10 battle leaves the No. 19 Trojans at 7-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in Pac-10 play, while No. 24 Stanford moves to 7-4-1 , 0-0-1.
The Cardinal out-shot the Trojans 10-5 in the match, but the shots-on-goal tally was limited to just one apiece. USC and Stanford also locked up with four corner kicks apiece, including one each during overtime. After being out-shot 4-2 by the Cardinal in the first half, USC upped its offensive pressure and did a better job of holding onto the ball in the second. Lauren Brown got a good look on goal midway through the second half, but her hard shot roared high. Soon after, Jocelyn Hein sent a dangerous ball in deep for Amy Rodriguez, but Stanford goalie Alex Gamble was just a step ahead to gather up the pass and stymie another Trojans chance. Stanford got the last true oportunity of regulation with a corner kick with 40 seconds left to play, only to have Allison Falk's header attempt go wide.
In overtime, the Cardinal got another chance in the 93rd minute. Ali Riley played the ball in front for Shari Summers, but Summers' header also went wide. USC answered by going deep into Cardinal territory when Brown found Nini Loucks on the left side. Loucks earned a corner kick for the Trojans in the 95th minute, and Rosa Anna Tantillo's corner pinballed off numerous players before the ball was cleared out wide. The intensity ramped up in the second overtime, and Stanford also earned a corner kick chance. That, too, would be cleared, and neither team was able to mount a successful strike in the remaining time, leaving the squads stuck scoreless in the match. The shutout marks USC's eighth of the season, and goalie Veronica Simonton's 20th career solo shutout -- her sixth this year.
The Women of Troy next face California in Pac-10 action with a 1 p.m. match on Sunday (Oct. 8) at McAlister Field.
USC 0, STAN 0
USC 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 -- 0
STAN 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 -- 0
Veronica Simonton (USC) 1; Alex Gamble (STAN) 1.
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