No. 18 USC Pockets Third Straight Shutout
Sept. 21, 2007
ROCHESTER, MICH. - Another Trojan freshman tallied a game-winning goal for the No. 18 USC women's soccer team, as the Women of Troy strung together their third straight shutout of the year with a 2-0 win at Oakland on Friday afternoon. Ashli Sandoval's long-range shot in the 20th minute of play went through the Oakland goalkeeper's legs and in to register the freshman's first career goal as a Trojan. In the second half, Amy Rodriguez added to the Trojans' tally with a strong strike in the 71st minute to put the host Golden Grizzlies out of reach. USC improves to 5-1-1 with the win, and now turns to face Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sunday (Sept. 23). To date, all five of USC's game-winning goals have come from freshmen. Alyssa Davila and Megan Ohai each have a pair, and now Sandoval joins the group.
USC's game ran hot and cold in the game, but the efforts of sophomore goalie Kristin Olsen helped anchor the Trojans to the win. She made three impressive saves - two in the first half and one in the second - to help lock down USC's third consecutive shutout. With junior defender Meagan Holmes out of the lineup with a knee injury, the USC defense had a different look than in the past, but still put forth a strong stand. Amy Massey, Karter Haug, Janessa Currier and Kelley Finch opened up the game in the back, and were joined by Nini Loucks in the second, spelling Massey on defense for the Trojans. The USC defense didn't allow a single Oakland corner kick in the game, and held the Golden Grizzlies to just four shots, including the three on goal that Olsen put a stop to.
Offensively, the Trojans generated a number of strikes once again, registering eight shots on goal in the game and 19 total. After Sandoval's strike slipped through in the first half, USC continued pressure, although struggled to find consistency in its possession. Fifteen minutes into the second half, USC mounted a smooth attack, however, as Stacey Strong found fellow junior Amy Rodriguez out wide just inside the 18. Rodriguez unleashed a powerful shot that tore in for USC's second goal of the game and Rodriguez' second of the year. It also busted the forward out of a tie in the all-time USC standings, moving her up to rank No. 8 all-time in career goals with 15 and No. 9 overall in career points with 40.
USC's next game at Michigan is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET and will be available on gametracker through the USC women's soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com.
#18 USC 2, Oakland 0
USC 1 - 1 -- 2
OAK 0 - 0 -- 0
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 3, Kim Herbst (OAK) 4, Elizabeth Watza (OAK) 4.
SHOTS: USC 19, OAK 4.
CORNER KICKS: USC 5, OAK 0.