USC Streaks Past No. 25 San Diego
Oct. 2, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's soccer team took a tight 1-0 lead and ballooned it to a 4-0 win over visiting No. 25 San Diego with a flurry of late second-half goals at McAlister Field on Friday afternoon. Junior Alyssa Dávila served up assists on the first three goals for the Women of Troy and added a score of her own in the 87th minute to top off the Trojans' third win over a ranked opponent in the past five games. The 4-0 win over the Toreros also marked USC's seventh straight win, as the Trojans improve to 8-3-0 with their fifth shutout of that streak. San Diego goes to 6-4-1 with today's nonconference loss.
With three saves on the day, USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen helped collect her fourth solo shutout of the year to push her career total to 24 - one away from tying as the career leader at Troy. The Trojan back line was without Karter Haug for the first time in the junior's career, as she had accumulated five yellow cards in previous games, but the Women of Troy did welcome back to the defensive ranks redshirt senior Meagan Holmes - a 2005 All-American who has been sidelined by knee injury for the past nine games. All told, the USC back line was instrumental in turning away a fierce push by the Toreros to equalize in the early first half.
USC had pinned a goal on the board in the 40th minute of play when Stephanie Morgan sent a cross in to Alyssa Dávila. Dávila slipped the ball to Ashley Freyer on the right side, and Freyer turned and shot to the low left for the sophomore's first goal of the year to get USC ahead 1-0. In the second half, the Toreros took charge offensively and were persistent in attacking the USC goal. For almost 20 full minutes, San Diego forced its way deep into USC territory. In the 64th minute, Natalie Garcia knocked a close-range shot on Olsen, forcing a good save out of the Trojan senior and a clear out of the box by the Trojan defense. A series of San Diego corner kicks and dangerous crosses followed, but every one was turned away by the Trojans to keep that 1-0 advantage intact.
The tide soon turned back in USC's favor, and the Women of Troy were able to generate strikes of their own. Alyssa Dávila, Megan Ohai, Marihelen Tomer and Samantha Johnson were working hard to put pressure back on the San Diego defenders, and in the 80th minute their work paid off. Dávila found Tomer at the top, and Tomer sent the ball out wide for Carly Butcher, who booted the ball to the top right corner and through to punch the Trojans ahead 2-0.
Five minutes later, the Trojans were still rolling with the advantage. At 84:12, Dávila went on the attack on the left side, luring San Diego goalkeeper Courtney Parsons off her line and then slipping the ball central to Johnson, who poked in the goal for a 3-0 USC lead. Not two minutes later, it was Dávila again - this time with the finishing touch. Senior Jamie Petrossi sailed a cross from the right side into the box. Johnson took a chance with a diving try for a header, but the ball got past her and to the body of Dávila on the left post. Dávila knocked it in, and USC was up 4-0 in the 87th minute and on its way to the shutout victory as the Trojans close down nonconference play on a seven-match winning streak and with an 8-3-0 overall record.
USC now turns to open up Pac-10 play next week with two more home games. The Trojans will host Arizona State in their conference opener, playing the Sun Devils at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 9) at McAlister Field. Next, USC host Arizona in a 1 p.m. game on Sunday (Oct. 11).
USC 4, #25 San Diego 0
USC 1 - 3 = 4
USD 0 - 0 = 0
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 3, Courtney Parsons (USD) 4.
SHOTS: USC 12, USD 10
CORNER KICKS: USC 5, USD 7