No. 5 USC Draws With No. 25 WSU
Oct. 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 5 USC women's soccer team secured its 19th consecutive unbeaten game on home turf this Sunday, taking its first tie of the season in a 0-0 overtime affair against visiting No. 25 Washington State in Pac-10 action at McAlister Field. The defensive shutout lifted USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen to the No. 2 all-time mark in USC history for solo shutouts, earning her 15th career shutout. USC's overall record moves to 11-1-1 and its Pac-10 record stands at 1-0-1 after the first weekend of conference play. Washington State goes to 6-3-4, 0-1-1 with the tie.
USC opened the game with the advantage on possession and got some good opportunities on the Cougar goal. Amy Rodriguez got a strong header off a corner kick early in the half, but WSU goalkeeper Lindsay Parlee made a nice save on the shot. USC outshot WSU 14-1 in the first half and worked deep in Cougar territory to earn several corner kicks, only to have the WSU defense squelch the chances for USC.
After a scoreless first half and just one shot allowed by the Trojan defense, USC's offense made another early push against the Cougars in the second half. Despite forcing five more saves out of WSU goalkeeper Parlee, the Trojans were unable to break through. Meanwhile, USC's Olsen came up big on a pair of Washington State attacks, grabbing saves to keep the Cougars scoreless. Again, USC earned a series of corner kicks late in regulation. Kasey Johnson blasted shots on two of those corners, the first going wide on a far post try and the second saved by Parlee. And so stuck at 0-0 after regulation, the teams set up for overtime. WSU had a powerful start, getting an early header from Carly Dobratz that Olsen saved with a push off the post. Those first 10 minutes passed without a score to force a second overtime. This time, USC's best chance came off a pass from Karter Haug to Ashli Sandoval. Sandoval drilled her left-footed shot just wide. One last USC corner kick would also wind up back at Sandoval's feet, only to have Parlee pick up her ninth save of the game to round out the scoreless tie between the Trojans and Cougars.
USC continues its Pac-10 competition next week with a trip to Arizona. The Trojans will first face Arizona at 7 p.m. MT in Tucson on Friday (Oct. 17) and then heads to Temps to play Arizona State at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday (Oct. 19).
#5 USC 0, #25 Washington State 0 (2OT)
WSU 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 -- 0
USC 0 - 0 -- 0 - 0 -- 0
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 3, Lindsay Parlee (WSU) 9.
SHOTS: USC 23, WSU 6
CORNER KICKS: USC 12, WSU 1