UW Women Drop 2-0 Soccer Decision at USC
Oct. 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES - USC scored two goals in the opening 23 minutes Sunday and held Washington without a first-half shot en route to a 2-0 victory in a Pac-10 soccer game at McAlister Field.
Washington lost its fourth straight game, dropping to 6-12 with a 1-6 Pac-10 record. The Trojans improved to 9-3-5 and 2-1-4 in conference play.
USC controlled the run of play in the first half, out shooting the Huskies by an 11-0 tally. The Trojans converted their second shot, a put-back attempt at 7:35 after the first try was blocked. Marihelen Tomer gathered her own rebound and sent it back into the net from the left side of the box for her first goal.
'We came out and turned the ball over at midfield,' explained UW coach Lesle Gallimore. 'We turned it over and they converted it into a goal even after the first one was blocked.'
Just over 15 minutes later, the Trojans capitalized on a corner kick for their second goal. Rosa Anna Tantillo served the ball into the box and Janessa Currier headed it into the goal at 22:59.
'We had their target players that we knew to pick out on corner kicks to mark. Sure enough, they targeted them and one of them got up unchallenged and scored on a header,' Gallimore said.
'USC, after tying on Friday, they were a little wound up about coming out a little harder against us. They physically dominated us. We didn't come out very strong and I think our effort on Friday took it out of us a little bit.'
The Huskies lost 2-0 Friday at third-ranked UCLA, but had several dangerous chances while nearly matching the Bruins' shot count.
'We were a little lackadaisical in the first half. We came out much harder in the second half and had a better physical effort,' said Gallimore. 'Unlike Friday, today we didn't create many dangerous chances. On the day, 'SC I thought was the better team physically, effortwise over 90 minutes and putting a full game together.
'I was happy, based on how the game started, that it didn't get out of hand and that we hung around the second half and put forth a better effort. But, we weren't able to really muster much up in front of the goal.'
Washington registered its only two shots after halftime, both of them sailing wide. The first was a 64th-minute boot by senior Shannon Dillon (Maple Valley, Wash./Tahoma) and the second an attempt by junior Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.) as time expired.
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen (Gig Harbor, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) was credited with five saves for the Huskies who were out shot 22-2. USC's Veronica Simonton, who posted her ninth shutout, did not make a save.
The Huskies conclude the season at home next weekend, hosting Arizona on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. and Arizona State on Nov. 5 at noon.
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
McAlister Field; Los Angeles, Calif.
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006
USC 2, Washington 0
Scoring --1, USC, Marihelen Tomer, 7:35. 2, USC, Janessa Currier (Rosa Anna Tantillo), 22:59.
Shots -- UW 2, USC 22.
Saves -- UW 5 (Kelsey Rasmussen), USC 0 (Veronica Simonton).
Corner Kicks -- UW 1, USC 7.
Fouls -- UW 15, USC 8.
Offsides -- UW 2, USC 2.
Attendance -- 345.
Records -- Washington 6-12-0, 1-6 Pac-10, USC 9-3-5, 2-1-4 Pac-10.