Dávila Delivers Two Goals In USC Win Over Gonzaga
Sept. 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's soccer team pocketed a home victory on Friday afternoon behind a two-goal day by junior Alyssa Dávila. Dávila's first career multiple-goal game carried the Trojans out ahead of visiting Gonzaga and on to a 2-0 win that pulls USC to a 2-3-0 overall record. Gonzaga moves to 3-2-0 with the loss.
Credited with her second career solo shutout was USC goalkeeper Brittany Massro, who took charge of the net when fellow goalkeeper Kristin Olsen was issued a red card in the Trojans' last game. Massro was solid in the back, matching her career high of five saves while her Trojan back line helped stymie the Bulldog strikers. USC out-shot Gonzaga 25-11 in the game and forced nine saves out of Bulldog goalkeeper Jessie Thalman as well as a team save from a Gonzaga defender on a Courtney Garcia strike that was cleared off the line.
The Trojan offense kept good pressure on the Bulldog backs through much of the game as USC generated a balance of 12 first-half shots and 13 more in the second. USC's first good looks were either off the mark or stopped by Thalman, who had six saves in the first half. In the 36th minute, though, USC broke through. Chelsea Buehning lofted the ball into the box for Alyssa Dávila, who went up for the header and knocked an arcing shot over a reaching Thalman and to the back of the net for a 1-0 USC edge. Buehning's assist was the first of the sophomore's career at USC.
In the second half, Ashley Freyer created a number of chances on goal but was unable to put one past the Bulldog defense. Carly Butcher sailed a shot in the knocked off the post, bringing up Garcia's shot that was saved off the line by a Gonzaga defender. In the 78th minute, Butcher helped create USC's second score. Her low corner kick was sent back out wide by Claire Schloemer, giving Butcher another chance to put the ball in. That cross was blocked right back to Butcher's feet, and the sophomore delivered a cross to the far post for Dávila, who drove in the score to pad USC's lead to 2-0.
Dávila's first multiple-goal game also bumped the junior up in the career ladders, as she now holds 15 career goals - eighth best in USC history - and has eight game-winning goals, which is the fifth best mark at Troy. Although an important win was in-hand, USC may not have come out of the game completely unscathed, however, as junior Ashli Sandoval was knocked out of the game in the 60th minute with a knee injury.
USC will get right back to action at McAlister Field in two days with a 12 p.m. game against Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 13).
USC 2, Gonzaga 0
USC 1 - 1 = 2
GON 0 - 0 = 0
SAVES: Brittany Massro (USC) 5, Jessie Thalman (GON) 9, Team (GON) 1.
SHOTS: USC 25, GON 11
CORNER KICKS: USC 7, GON 5
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