No. 17 USC Posts 1-0 Win Over Georgia
Sept. 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 17 USC women's soccer team put the finishing touches on an dominant performance against Georgia with a second-half strike from Alyssa Davila for a 1-0 victory at McAlister Field on Friday afternoon. The freshman's second game-winning goal of the year handed the visiting Bulldogs their first loss of the season and marked the first time they had been out-shot in a game. The Trojans move to 4-1 on the year with the win, and now turn to face No. 15 Tennessee as the 2007 USC Tournament continues on Sunday.
USC faces the Lady Vols (4-1) at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 16), following a 10:30 a.m. match between Georgia (4-1) and Nebraska (2-1-2). Tennessee beat Nebraska 2-0 in the first game of the USC Tournament on Friday.
The majority of the USC-Georgia game was played out on the Georgia end of the field, as the Women of Troy peppered the Bulldog goal with shots to the tune of 10 first-half shots, forcing Georgia goalkeeper Michelle Betos to make seven saves in the first half alone. Somehow, none of those Trojan shots broke through in the half, but the pressure continued in the second. Georgia had a chance late in the first half when Carrie Patterson charged toward USC keeper Kristin Olsen, but Olsen attacked and pounced on the ball before Patterson could get a shot off. Georgia managed only two shots in the first half.
In the second, the Trojans kept coming. Amy Rodriguez drilled a header off an Ashli Sandoval corner early in the half, but the ball smacked the cross bar. Janessa Currier got a head on the rebound, but Betos made the save to keep it scoreless. Rodriguez unloaded a ferocious shot in the 59th minute only to have the ball just squeak high of the goal. Georgia came back with a chance to score, but Rodriguez was there on the goal line for a clutch clear for the Trojans. Georgia's first and only corner of the game came not long after, but that opportunity also was cleared out by the Trojans. USC countered, and senior Lauren Brown made a smooth cross from the left to Alyssa Davila deep on the right. Davila got a step ahead of Betos and slammed her shot crosscage for the score in the 69th minutes of play to get USC up 1-0.
USC made sure to keep control of the game from there. Thanks in large part to the speed of Karter Haug on the wing and a number of strong clears from Kasey Johnson, the USC back line fended off Georgia attempts to tie it up. Armed with a corner in the final minute, Stacey Strong and Ashley Nick played the ball short to help USC keep control of the ball and the clock, and the Women of Troy held on to the 1-0 win, giving Georgia its first shutout in over a year.
#17 USC 1, Georgia 0
UGA 0 - 0 -- 0
USC 0 - 1 -- 1
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 2, Michelle Betos (UGA) 10.
SHOTS: USC 19, UGA 6
CORNER KICKS: USC 9, UGA 1