USC Snagged In Scoreless Tie At Arizona
Oct. 22, 2006
TUCSON, ARIZ. -- After finally breaking through and posting a Pac-10 win on Friday, the No. 21 USC women's soccer team got stuck in its third scoreless tie of Pac-10 action with a 0-0 result against Arizona on Sunday in Tucson, Ariz. Once again, the Women of Troy dominated offensively, and yet a breakthrough goal eluded the Trojans through regulation and into two periods of overtime play. The overtime game marks USC's fourth trip into overtime in five Pac-10 matches this year, and move USC's record to 8-3-4 overall and 1-1-3 in Pac-10 play. Arizona is now 8-7-2, 1-3-2.
USC had no trouble getting shots off against the Wildcats, outshooting its hosts 25-12 in the match. The Trojans fired off 11 shots in the first half and another 11 in the second half. In the first overtime, USC put two shots on goal against Arizona goalkeeper Chelsea McIntyre and then another one in the second overtime, but McIntyre finished with eight saves in the match to help hold the Trojans scoreless.
In the USC goal, junior goalkeeper Veronica Simonton faced just one shot on goal in the first half. In the 44th minute of play, Simonton was collided into by an Arizona striker, injuring the USC junior and forcing her to leave the game. USC had a strong stand-in in freshman Kristin Olsen, however. Olsen took over for Simonton and picked up five saves as she manned the net through the second half and two overtimes. She made three saves in overtime -- one in the first period and then two in the second -- to ensure that USC would come away with its 11th shutout of the year.
USC returns to action with two more Pac-10 matches next weekend. The Trojans host Washington State at 2 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 27) in a game to be televised by FSN at McAlister Field. USC then hosts Washington in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday (Oct. 29).
No. 21 USC 0, Arizona 0 (2OT)
USC 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 --- 0
ARIZ 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 --- 0