No. 14 USC Pushes Past Long Beach State 3-0
Sept. 28, 2007
LONG BEACH STATE, CALIF. - The No. 14 USC women's soccer team gathered some momentum with its fifth straight shutout in a solid 3-0 win over Long Beach State on Friday afternoon. Now 7-1-1 on the year, the Women of Troy turn to close out its nonconference stretch with a clash against No. 2-ranked Portland on Sunday at McAlister Field. In Friday's win over Long Beach State, the Trojans jumped ahead with a first-half lead as Marihelen Tomer notched the second game-winning goal of her career and got the ball rolling on a winning effort for USC.
After the first 20-plus minutes of play generated no true shots, the Women of Troy turned things around by making good on the first shot of the match. In the 23rd minute of action, Karter Haug unleashed a long ball from the left sideline into the box. Marihelen Tomer got her head on the crossing ball, glancing it into the right side of the net for a 1-0 USC lead. USC managed to remain in relative control in the half, keeping the 49ers without a shot thanks to some key defensive clears by the back line and stops from goalkeeper Kristin Olsen. Long Beach State earned the only corner kick of the half, but the opportunity was knocked wide by Olsen, and Lauren Brown tracked down the 49er striker on the wing to clear out the attack.
USC got deep and earned a corner kick in the 50th minute, which Ashli Sandoval sent in and Ashley Nick got a strong head on, only to have it deflected wide by a 49er defender. A minute later, USC was still in Long Beach territory, and Amy Rodriguez sailed in a picture perfect cross from the left that Brown ran in on and drilled a header back to the left side of the net for USC's second score of the match and a 2-0 USC lead at 51:51.
Long Beach State's first shot came on a wide header off a 49er corner in the 63rd minute. The 49ers got deep soon after, when Kristin Kiefer edged in a shot that Olsen nabbed to grab her first save of the match. About 10 minutes after that, Olsen notched her first career assist, booting a long ball downfield to Megan Ohai, who gathered it in off a single bounce, then lofted a shot over the Long Beach State keeper from about 25 yards out, putting the freshman at a team-leading five goals on the year.
Long Beach State followed that up with arguably its best chance of the game when Kiefer unloaded from the left side. Newly subbed in USC goalkeeper Brittany Massro got a hand on it to knock it up in the air, and Kasey Johnson was there to clear the ball near the goal line in the 81st minute of action. And a late Long Beach attack off a USC handball was cleared solidly by Stacey Strong to end the threat and hold USC's fifth straight shutout intact.
USC next faces No. 2 Portland in a home match at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 30) at McAlister Field.
#14 USC 3, Long Beach State 0
USC 1 - 2 --- 0
LBSU 0 - 0 --- 0
SHOTS: USC 14, LBSU 5.
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, LBSU 3.