No. 27 USC Slips In Overtime To No. 4 UCLA For 3-2 Loss

Oct. 7, 2005

WESTWOOD, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team put a serious scare in No. 4-ranked UCLA during the teams' Pac-10 opener on Friday night, but the Bruins fought back and put away an overtime goal for a 3-2 win in Westwood, Calif. The Trojans punched in a score just 78 seconds into the game, and jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead before the Bruins mounted a comeback to force overtime. Late in the second overtime period, UCLA got its golden goal. The loss moves No. 27 USC to 6-4-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while No. 4 UCLA improved its winning streak to seven straight games and improved to 11-1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10.

Once again, the freshman tandem of freshmen Stacey Strong (Santa Rosa, Calif./Montgomery HS) and Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) caused trouble for defenders. One minute and 18 seconds into the game, Rodriguez got deep and took a pass from junior midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego, Calif,/La Jolla HS). One quick cross later, and the ball was at the feet of Strong in front of the UCLA goal, and Strong deposited it in the back of the net for an early 1-0 USC lead. Momentum stayed with the Women of Troy, and 27 minutes later, junior defender Hillary Schwarzbach (Santa Cruz, Calif./San Lorenzo Valley HS) sailed a free kick to freshman forward Nini Loucks (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon HS). Loucks controlled the ball and ripped it into the left side of the goal, giving USC a 2-0 lead and putting the Bruins on their heels.

The game stayed markedly physical throughout. And when it came to scoring opportunities, UCLA seemed to be creating the bulk of the chances for themselves. The final shots tally weighed heavily in the Bruins' favor, as UCLA out-shot USC 24-6, including a 15-4 mark in the second half. USC sophomore goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) took command in the goal, and the entire back line of Trojan defenders squelched several dangerous Bruin scoring chances. But UCLA did manage to break through in the second half, tacking up two goals in 30 seconds to take the wind out of the Trojans' sails. USC took a couple of hard strikes on the Bruin goal late in regulation, but the 2-2 tie held up to bring up overtime.

UCLA kept the offensive pressure on in overtime, and Simonton nabbed two more saves on her way to an 11-save performance. In the 107th minute of play, UCLA's Bristyn Davis pushed the ball up to Iris Mora, who knocked in the game-winner for the Bruins.

USC returns to Pac-10 action next week with a road trip to Oregon. The Trojans face Oregon State at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 14) and Oregon at 12 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 16.).

USC (6-4-1, 0-1)	2	0	--	0	0	--	2UCLA (11-1-0, 1-0)	0	2	­--	0	1	--	3

Scoring Summary:USC 1:18 Stacey Strong (Amy Rodriguez, Rosa Anna Tantillo)USC 28:57 Nini Loucks (Hillary Schwarzbach)UCLA 52:16 Stacy Lindstrom (Caitlin Ursini)UCLA 52-43 Jill Oakes (Iris Mora)UCLA 107:14 Mora (Bristyn Davis)

Shots: USC 6, UCLA 24 Corners: USC 5, UCLA 9 Fouls: USC 14, UCLA 11Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 111; Val Henderson (UCLA) 0

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