No. 6 USC Edges Oregon 1-0 In Pac-10 Opener
Oct. 12, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 6 USC women's soccer team punched in an early goal and held on for its seventh shutout of the year, topping Oregon 1-0 in their Pac-10 opener on Friday at McAlister Field. The win lifts the Women of Troy to a 9-1-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Pac-10 action, as the Trojans now hold a seven-game unbeaten streak. Oregon moves to 7-5, 0-1 with the loss. USC's next Pac-10 clash is set for Sunday (Oct. 14) against Oregon State at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field.
Early USC pressure got the ball deep in Duck territory, as freshman Megan Ohai lined up for her trademark flip-throw-in from the right sideline. Ohai launched the ball into the box, where freshman Kasey Johnson got a head on it for a flick to Janessa Currier. The junior drilled the one-touch shot to the left side of the goal, notching a 1-0 lead for the Women of Troy just barely three minutes into the game. That goal would stand as the game-winner - Currier's second of her USC career - thanks to effective defensive plays by the Trojans and solid containment in the midfield that kept USC a step ahead.
The Women of Troy held the Ducks to just four shots in the game, and goalkeeper Kristin Olsen pulled in a pair of saves for her sixth solo shutout of the season. Helping to lock things down in the back for the Trojans were defenders Currier, Johnson, Karter Haug, Nini Loucks and Amy Massey. When Loucks went down with an injury during the first half while making a stop on a Duck attack, Massey came in to keep things under control on the right side. The Trojan defensive ranks held strong throughout, helping feed into a Trojan offense that put up 14 shots and forced Oregon goalkeeper Jessie Chatfield to make six saves in the game.
The Women of Troy came close to adding to their goal tally several times. Soon after that first USC goal, the Trojans peppered the cage once more, as Alyssa Davila took a strong shot that was saved, and Ohai's strike on the rebound clanged off the crossbar. The crossbar would get in the way of two more Trojan strikes in the game. Currier almost notched her second when she got a head on an Ashli Sandoval corner kick, drilling the ball on frame only to see it crash off the bar late in the first half. In the second, Lauren Brown launched a smooth strike that got caught up in the top left corner of the posts, rebounding back into play where Currier took a shot that was saved.
USC now holds a five-game winning streak entering the Trojans' 1 p.m. Pac-10 home game against Oregon State on Sunday.
#6 USC 1, Oregon 0
ORE 0 - 0 -- 0
USC 1 - 0 -- 1
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 2, Jessie Chatfield (ORE) 6.
SHOTS: USC 14, ORE 4
CORNER KICKS: USC 3, ORE 1