USC Grabs 2-0 Win Over BU In NCAA First Round
Nov. 13, 2008
PROVO, UTAH - The fourth-seeded USC women's soccer team had a battle with Boston University in today's NCAA First Round and tacked up a 2-0 win to advance in postseason play. The defending national champs forced six saves out of the Terriers goalkeeper in the first half and broke through with two goals in the second, as seniors Janessa Currier and Ashley Nick scored to help lift the Women of Troy to victory. USC improves to 16-4-1 overall with this win, while BU closes its season at 15-6-1.
USC's pressure on the BU back line came quickly, as Marihelen Tomer and Amy Rodriguez fired off early shots against Terrier keeper Janie Reilly. The Trojans continued to work the ball around and got a blast from Nick that Reilly made a save on to keep things scoreless. USC would deliver eight shots in the first half to just one by the Terriers, but the game stayed at 0-0 on the way into halftime.
Just five minutes into the second half, however, the Trojans broke through. After Brittany Kerridge was fouled on the left side about 40 yards out. She sailed the ball into the bock, where Nick got a head on it and Currier settled the ball and slammed in the go-ahead goal. It was the first goal of the year for the senior defender, whose last goal had come in the 2007 NCAA Championship game. BU got three more shots off in the second half, but USC got some insurance in the 82nd minute. After light rain began to fall with 10 minutes left in the game, USC got deep in Terrier territory. Tomer had the ball on the left side and crossed the ball through the box, where Rodriguez flicked it quickly for Nick to put a strike on to take USC ahead 2-0.
Credited with another shutout on the year was USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen, who was asked to make just one save in the match thanks to a strong possession game and a stingy Trojan back line. The junior now holds 20 career shutouts.
USC is now set to face either BYU or Virgnia Tech in the NCAA Second. That match will be played at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday (Nov. 15) in Provo, Utah.
USC 2, Boston University 0
BU 0 - 0 -- 0
USC 0 - 2 -- 2
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 1, Janie Reilly (BU) 6, Team (BU) 1.
SHOTS: USC 14, BU 4
CORNER KICKS: USC 3, BU 1