No. 20 USC Sets Program Record With Fifth Tie
Oct. 27, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 20-ranked USC women's soccer team has now become a good 108 minutes longer than originally expected thanks to the Trojans' sixth overtime game of the season, which resulted in their fifth scoreless tie. The Women of Troy took on visiting Washington State on Friday afternoon at McAlister Field and wound up with the offensive edge in the game, but once again there was no goal to show for it. The Trojans out-shot the Cougars 16-8 in the match, including a 4-1 advantage in overtime. USC moves to 8-3-5 overall with the tie, marking a new program record for ties in a single season. The Trojans are now 1-1-4 in Pac-10 play. WSU moves to 8-5-4, 3-1-2.
The teams traded shots early in the match, with the Trojans opening with an attack generated by sophomore Nini Loucks, who got the ball to Amy Rodriguez. Rodriguez slipped the ball to Rosa Anna Tantillo, but Tantillo's low shot went wide. Teh Cougars answered with an attack of their own, with Sasha Baines pushing the ball up for Elysse Van Leer. Van Leer got loose and with USC goalkeeper Veronica Simonton charging her, Baines' shot sailed high. USC senior Jocelyn Hein took a hard shot on goal late in the half, drilling a tough one at WSU goalkeeper Brynn Bemis. Bemis was able to grab ahold of it, however, leaving the game scoreless for the second half despite USC's 7-4 shooting advantage in the half.
The Trojans kept pressing in the second half. USC's best opportunity came around the 57th minute when the Women of Troy got deep in Cougar territory. Hein got loose on the right side and sent a ball into the box. Rodriguez made a fake on the ball and Tracy Lansing took the shot to the left side of the goal. Jamie Petrossi went after it to make a final attempt, but Bemis got to the ball first to sidestep the threat. Again, WSU answered back. Kim Bonnes slipped a pass out to Kiersten Dallstream, who was wide open and avoided the offsides call to go one-on-one with Simonton. Simonton charged the ball and smothered it before Dallstream could get a shot off, helping to secure Simonton's ninth shutout this season and 23rd in her career.
In overtime, Rodriguez got off a crosscage shot that looked like it had a chance, but a WSU defender got to it to clear it away and make the save. And in the final overtime frame, the teams hed even, picking up a shot on goal apiece, though both were picked up cleanly by Simonton and Bemis to close down the scoreless match.
The Women of Troy next face Washington in another Pac-10 match at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 29) at McAlister Field, where the Trojans will honor their graduating seniors before the game begins.
USC 0, WASH 0
WASH 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 --- 0
USC 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 --- 0
Veronica Simonton (USC) 5; Brynn Bemis (WASH) 6, Team (WASH) 1.