USC Goes Big For Khosroshahin's 100th Win
Sept. 7, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin's Women of Troy put a historic touch on a landmark victory on Sunday at McAlister Field. The top-ranked USC women's soccer team matched a program scoring high, beating visiting Alabama 7-1 to also record a 100th career victory for Khosroshahin, who is now 100-44-8 overall in his head coaching career. For the Trojans, the powerful win goes in the record books as well, tying a program-best seven goals scored in a single game. USC improves to 4-1-0 overall with the victory, while Alabama moves to 1-2-1.
Khosroshahin's career milestone was far from the only notable effort on the day for the Women of Troy. The victory also pushed USC's home unbeaten streak to 13 straight games, and registering her seventh career game-winning goal was junior Marihelen Tomer, who lifts to No. 7 all-time at USC in game-winners. Senior Nini Loucks also tallied the first two-goal game of her Trojan career, getting back-to-back scores with a strike in the 61st minute and then again in the 72nd. Freshmen Carly Butcher and Brittany Kerridge also registered their first goals as Trojans in the win. The scoring opened with Alyssa Dávila knocking in her second goal of the year in the 18th minute, and Megan Ohai got her first goal of the season with a strike in the 51st minute to help push USC to a record seven goals on the day. USC's last seven-goal game was in 1995 in a 7-0 decision over Sacramento State, with the first coming in 1993 as a 7-0 win over Pacific.
The Women of Troy dominated possession while generating 15 shots in the first half. Defensively, the Trojans held the Crimson Tide to just one look on goal -- a shot in the 41st minute that USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen pulled right in. The Trojans had punched in two goals by that time, opening the day with a putaway from Alyssa Dávila. In the 18th minute, Brittany Kerridge sent in a corner kick. Ashley Nick's shot was blocked by an Alabama defender, but Dávila was there for the rebound and the goal. USC's pressure continued, and then in the 27th minute Karter Haug sent a ball up for Marihelen Tomer. Tomer took control and went at the goal, beating the defense and slipping in the score to the low left post under goalkeeper Kara Gudmens. That 2-0 advantage would stand through the half, but USC reloaded for the second half of play.
In the first minute of the second half, freshman Carly Butcher gathered in a throw-in in Alabama territory and let rip a shot from about 16 yards out. It sailed to the top left of the goal for the freshman midfielder's first career goal as a Trojan and a 3-0 USC lead in the 46th minute of action. Less than five minutes later, Nick pushed a pass up to Megan Ohai on the loose. Ohai took on Alabama keeper Karen Lasden and made a quick move around her to slot the sophomore's first goal of the year and push the Trojans ahead 4-0.
In the 61st minute, USC would break through again. Nini Loucks broke free for another challenge on goal, and the senior finished off the opportunity to make it 5-0 USC. Loucks wasn't done, however. In the 72nd minute, Amy Rodriguez got deep on the Crimson Tide and laced a cross from the right side. Loucks met it in stride and blasted in her second goal of the day to lift USC to a 6-0 advantage. With the assist, Rodriguez moves her career assist count to 14, ranking the senior No. 6 all-time at USC. She already stands at No. 6 in career points with 60.
Alabama got on the board soon after Loucks' second strike. In the 73rd minute, Victoria Frederick sent a cross into the box, where Kailey Corken met it for a header in, making it 6-1. USC would have the last word, however, with that program-record-tying strike coming in the 84th minute of play. Tomer put the ball back at the top of the box for Brittany Kerridge. The freshman took the pass with the outside of her foot, slamming the ball to the right side of the goal to notch Kerridge's first goal as a Trojan and lift USC to a final tally of seven goals on the day.
USC now sets up for a road trip this coming weekend. The Trojans will first pay a visit to Georgia for a 7 p.m. ET game in Athens, Ga. on Friday (Sept. 12) and then heads to Clemson for a 2 p.m. ET match on Sunday (Sept. 14).
#1 USC 7, Alabama 1USC 2 - 5 -- 7ALA 0 - 1 -- 1
17:25 -- USC: Alyssa Dávila (unassisted)
26:03 -- USC: Marihelen Tomer (unassisted)
45:49 -- USC: Carly Butcher (unassisted)
50:24 -- USC: Megan Ohai (Ashley Nick)
60:28 -- USC: Nini Loucks (unassisted)
71:17 -- USC: Nini Loucks (Amy Rodriguez)
72:50 -- ALA: Kailey Corken (Victoria Frederick)
83:03 -- USC: Brittany Kerridge (Tomer)
SHOTS: USC 28, Alabama 5
CORNER KICKS: USC 7, Alabama 3