No. 22 USC Stages 3-1 Comeback Win Over OSU

Nov. 3, 2006

CORVALLIS, ORE. -- After facing its first halftime deficit of the season, the No. 22-ranked USC women's soccer team mounted a powerful comeback in a wet road game against Oregon State to post a 3-1 victory on Friday night. Sophomore forward Amy Rodriguez nailed the game-winning goal and then served up an assist for Jocelyn Hein's strike just 42 seconds later to help the Women of Troy ice an important win in the final weekend of Pac-10 play. USC improves to 9-3-5 overall and is 3-1-4 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon State moves to 8-9-2, 1-7-0.

Rain and a slow start put a damper on the Trojans' offense in the early goings of the game, as USC didn't register a shot until the 26th minute of play. Minutes later, the Women of Troy got close to taking a lead, but Janessa Currier's header hit the post in the 28th minute. Oregon State would counter back, however, with Jen Crump finding Jodie Taylor breaking loose on the left side. Taylor squared off against USC goalkeeper Veronica Simonton, who charged the striker, but Taylor was able to slip the ball in to give the Beaver a 1-0 lead at 31:00. That lead held strong through the first half, leaving USC trailing at halftime for the first time all year.

The Trojans wasted no time putting pressure back on the OSU defense, however. Lauren Brown and Amy Rodriguez caused trouble on the Beaver back lines early in the second half. Less than 10 minutes in, Rodriguez got the ball to Brown, who took a shot that was saved by OSU goalkeeper Melissa Onstad. But the ball got loose and was deflected again by a Beaver defender, and as Onstad worked to gather up the loose ball, momentum carried her and the ball across the goal line. The referee initially did not award the goal, but was immediately informed by the linesman that the ball had crossed the plane of the goal line, and USC was awarded the score by own goal.

With the game tied, USC didn't let down its offensive pressure. The Trojans took good care of the ball and dominated the possession game throughout the half. Their control paid dividends in the 67th minute when Kelley Finch served a long ball up to Rodriguez. Rodriguez got control of the pass and fired in her shot past the charging OSU goalkeeper to notch her first game-winning goal of the season. The Women of Troy didn't stop there, though, as i took just 42 seconds for the Trojans to break through again. This time, Rodriguez delivered the ball to Jocelyn Hein on the left side of the goal. Despite a tough angle, Hein chipped the ball cleanly and perfectly over the keeper and into the back of the net, securing USC's comeback effort with the senior's second goal of the year.

Although out-shot 6-5 in the first half, the Trojans made a turnaround in the second half with nine shots to wind up out-shooting the Beavers 14-10 in the match. USC goalie Simonton finished the game with five saves.

USC next faces Oregon at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 5) in Eugene. With the Ducks' overtime win over Pac-10 leader UCLA on Friday night, the Trojans will be unable to pass Oregon in points in the Pac-10 standings, but can help their postseason bid with a victory over the Ducks. USC's win over OSU, along with Washington State's loss to Arizona State, puts the Trojans in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings with 13 points entering the final day of conference play. Washington State currently has 11 points in fifth place.

USC 3, Oregon State 1
USC 0 - 3 -- 3
OSU 1 - 0 -- 1

31:00 -- OSU: Jodie Taylor (Jen Crump)
53:51 -- USC: Own goal
66:21 -- USC: Amy Rodriguez (Kelley Finch)
67:03 -- USC: Jocelyn Hein (Rodriguez)

Veronica Simonton (USC) 5, Melissa Onstad (OSU) 4.

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