No. 19 Trojans Tie 2-2 In Pac-10 Finale At UW
Nov. 8, 2009
SEATTLE, WASH. -- The No. 19 USC women's soccer team tacked up another tie on its Pac-10 road journey through Wahington, as the Trojans went toe-to-toe with the Huskies and wound up with a 2-2 tie today in Seattle. Marihelen Tomer and Claire Schloemer each scored for USC, but Washington answered both goals to force the draw. That wraps up the regular season for both teams, as USC now awaits the NCAA Tournament draw announcement tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT. The Trojans hold a 12-6-2 overall record and finish 4-3-2 in Pac-10 play to stand in fourth place. Washington goes to 11-5-4 and ends up 3-3-3 in conference action.
Playing in another chilly road game, USC got the first advantage of the match with a score in the 18th minute. With the ball amidst a cluster of bodies near the right sideline, Carly Butcher tapped the ball out of the mix for Megan Ohai, who quickly found the feet of Marihelen Tomer. Tomer blasted a low shot to the far left post and in, lifting the Trojans to a 1-0 lead at 17:26. The Huskies would not be shaken by the early USC lead, however, as they continued to pressure the Trojan defense. At 24:08, Washington broke through and leveled the score with a shot off a cross, as Alex Kirk put away the Husky goal to lock things up.
The Huskies managed 11 shots in the first half to USC's six, but it was that sixth Trojan shot that carried USC ahead before the close of the half. Alyssa Davila slipped the ball to Claire Schloemer on the right side, and Schloemer launched the ball on goal and over outstretched Washington goalkeeper Alex Phillips for the sophomore defender's first career goal and a 2-1 USC lead in the 43rd minute of action.
USC's first-half lead was dashed again with a Washington score on a breakaway by Kirk. In the 52nd minute, Kirk finished to the low right post and snarled the score again at 2-2. The Trojans were successful in their possession game down the stretch, but no more goals would come for USC despite nine shots and three saves forced out of new Husky keeper Kari Davidson in the second half. The referee's whistle blew plenty of times in the half against the Women of Troy, but another three saves from USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen helped keep Washington quiet the rest of the way through regulation.
USC held the ball well throughout both overtime periods, generating two shots in each frame including a promising chance from Butcher that went wide. Washington, too, put its best opportunity of the first overtime wide. USC also managed three corner kick opportunities in the first overtime frame, but still both the overtime periods would pass scoreless to leave the game as a 2-2 tie.
USC now awaits the seedings and draws for the coming 2009 NCAA Championships. The bracket will be announced during the NCAA Selection Show at 5 p.m. PT on ESPNews on Monday (Nov. 9). The Trojans' RPI ranked No. 15 in the nation entering this weekend's final conference games. The 2007 NCAA Champions are looking to make their fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.
#19 USC 2, Washington 2 (2OT)
USC 2 - 0 -- 0 - 0 = 2
WASH 1 - 1 -- 0 - 0 = 2
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 6, Alex Phillips (WASH) 1, Kari Davidson (WASH) 4.
SHOTS: USC 19, WASH 20
CORNER KICKS: USC 7, WASH 5