No. 10 Trojans Topped By No. 2 Stanford
Nov. 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 10 USC women's soccer team fell 3-1 to No. 2 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinal overcame a scoreless first half to tally the Pac-10 win over the host Women of Troy at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Trojans got a goal from Alyssa Dávila in the final seconds of regulation, but three Stanford scores in the second half gave the Cardinal the win. USC moves to 13-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in Pac-10 play with the loss, while Stanford improves to 17-1-1, 7-1-0.
USC had a well-played first half and had the first of the good looks on goal with a dangerous early centering pass from Marihelen Tomer and a couple shots coming off an Ashli Sandoval corner in the 16th minute. Meagan Holmes drilled a header off the corner that was blocked, and Amy Rodriguez drove a shot off the rebound that was stopped by a Stanford defender. USC goalkeeper Brittany Massro made a big save on a Cardinal close-range try in the 30th minute to help keep the match scoreless through the first half of play.
In the second half, Stanford was able to snag a score when Allison Falk struck a header off a Teresa Noyola corner kick. Falk knocked the ball off the crossbar and in to take Stanford ahead 1-0 in the 54th minute. Two minutes later, Stacey Strong sent a ball into Stanford territory. Rodriguez blasted a bicycle kick try that was sent just high, as USC pushed to continue to pressure on the Stanford defense. The Trojans earned a series of corner kicks, but were unable to do any damage with the chances. With USC pressing to equalize during the final 10 minutes, Stanford capitalized on a counterattack, with Lindsay Taylor slipping in a low shot to make it 2-0 Stanford with under seven minutes left in regulation. In the 89th minute, Christen Press took advantage of things for Stanford again, catching Massro advancing on her and sailing a shot from about 30 yards out to the back of the net. Down 3-0 with barely a minute remaining, USC was able to convert on one last offensive series. Ashley Freyer knocked a pass to Alyssa Davila in front, and Dávila pushed in the score to make it a 3-1 final in favor of the No. 2 Cardinal.
USC now turns to take its final Pac-10 road trip next week, heading to Oregon for a 7 p.m. match on Friday (Nov. 7) and then to Oregon State for an 11 a.m. game on Sunday (Nov. 9). The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is scheduled to air On Monday (Nov. 10) between 5-5-:30 p.m. PT on ESPNews.
#2 Stanford 3, #10 USC 1
STAN 0 - 3 -- 3
USC 0 - 1 -- 1
SAVES: Brittany Massro (USC) 5, Kira Maker (STAN) 4, Team (STAN) 1.
SHOTS: USC 11, STAN 15
CORNER KICKS: USC 6, STAN 1