No. 13 USC Falls To Indiana In Overtime

Sept. 9, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The No. 13 USC women's soccer team was dealt its first loss of the year on Sunday, as host Indiana punched in a late tying goal and then won in overtime to post a 2-1 win over the Trojans. USC junior Amy Rodriguez's first goal of the year almost stood strong for the Women of Troy, until the Hoosiers scored just six seconds before the close of regulation to force USC into its second straight overtime game. USC moves to 3-1-0 on the year with the loss.

The whistle was blown many times against the Trojans, who were called for 24 fouls in the game. In the first half, the Women of Troy answered the interruptions with offensive pressure, generating eight shots to Indiana's five in the first half. Two early Trojan corner kicks passed without garnering a shot, but USC's first looks came not long afterward. Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Brown and Megan Ohai each drove shots that missed the frame, and then another USC offensive charge was whistled offsides. The miss-strikes did nothing to deter USC's pressure, however. USC earned a corner kick next, but the opportunity was stifled by a USC foul. Indiana took advantage of the ensuing free kick to get downfield and muster a shot on goal, but USC keeper Kristin Olsen made the save in the 14th minute.

Indiana's first corner kick chance came in the 18th minute of play, and the Hoosiers got a head on the ball, only to have it blocked. The Women of Troy turned around and countered. Ashley Nick got the ball out to Ashi Sandoval, who fed it through to Amy Rodriguez. Rodriguez took Indiana goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth one-on-one and plugged in her first goal of the season at 18:03 to tally USC's quickest goal of the season.

Her score stood tall through the remainder of the half. In the second half, a more desperate Indiana squad pushed harder, attacking the USC goal to the tune of nine shots. Olsen grabbed a two more saves in the half to hold five in the match until Indiana surged back as the clock threatened to expire. With just six seconds left in regulation on a Hoosier centering pass, Indiana's Leigh Anne Cummings managed to flick the ball past Olsen, tying up the game at 89:54 to force overtime. The home team made another early run on the Trojans early in overtime. A blocked shot attempt by the Hoosiers rebounded toward Indiana's Kristin Arnold, who took a shot from 20 yards out that sailed in for the winning goal, handing USC its first loss of the year. It was the second straight overtime game for the Trojans on their road trip to Indiana, having beaten Maryland 2-1 in overtime on Friday.

USC now returns home, where the Trojans host three teams for the USC Tournament next weekend. On Friday (Sept. 14), Nebraska will face Tennessee at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field, and then USC will play Georgia at 4 p.m. On Sunday (Sept. 16), Georgia and Nebraska face off at 10:30 a.m., and then USC will cap off the weekend with a 1 p.m. match against Tennessee.

Indiana 2, USC 1 (OT)
USC 1 - 0 --- 0 --- 1IND 0 - 1 --- 1 --- 2

SCORING:
18:03 - USC: Amy Rodriguez (Ashli Sandoval)
89:54 - IND: Leigh Anne Cummings (unassisted)
90:49 - IND: Kristin Arnold (Christie Kotynski)

SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 5, Lauren Hollandsworth (IND) 1.

SHOTS: USC 14, IND 16.

CORNER KICKS: USC 8, IND 5.

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