USC Shuts Down Washington State 2-0 For Another Home Shutout

Oct. 21, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's soccer team kept its dominating defensive performance on its home turf intact after a second-half offensive surge that boosted the Women of Troy to a 2-0 win over visiting Washington State on Friday afternoon at McAlister Field. A scoreless first half was snapped when Amy Rodriguez was fouled in the box, and the freshman forward drilled the penalty kick for the lead. With under three minutes to play, Leah Gallegos broke loose and pinned down another goal for the Trojans. The win boosts USC to 8-4-2 overall and 2-1-1 in Pac-10 play. Washington State moves to 8-7-1 and 1-4-0 with the loss.

USC's staunch back line did not allow the Cougars a single shot in the game as the Trojans maintained contol and possession of the ball through a good majority of the game. The Trojans got off six shots in the first half but couldn't get to the back of the next. In the second half, the Women of Troy upped the pressure and sent strikers slashing into Cougar territory. Six minutes into the half, Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) was taken down inside the top of the Washington State penalty box, earning herself a one-on-one opportunity from the penalty line against Cougars goalkeeper Katie Hultin. Hultin got a touch on Rodriguez' strike, but the hard shot nailed itself to the top left corner of the cage to give USC a hard-earned 1-0 edge. The goal marked Rodriguez' team-high fifth of the season, and was USC's first penalty shot of the year.

For some time, it seemed that the penalty shot may be the only goal of the day for the Trojans, who kept attacking but had numerous shots roar high and wide. Finally, in the 87th minute of play, freshman forward Nini Loucks (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon HS) fed the ball up to a streaking Gallegos (Los Angeles, Calif./Franklin HS). Gallegos took the ball on the right side of the goal and powered a shot crosscage to pad USC's lead to 2-0 for the remaining few minutes of play. The Trojan defense stiffened tighter in the waning minutes, ensuring that sophomore goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) would tally her seventh complete shutout of the season. USC now has eight shutouts on the year, including seven shutout victories.

USC continues Pac-10 action on Sunday (Oct. 23) against visiting Washington at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field.

WSU (8-7-1, 1-4-0)	0	0	--	0USC (8-4-2, 2-1-1)	0	2	­--	2

Scoring Summary:USC 51:41 Amy Rodriguez (penalty kick)USC 87:35 Leah Gallegos (Nini Loucks)

Shots: USC 14, WSU 0 Corners: USC 5, WSU 0 Fouls: USC 7, WSU 11Saves: Veronica Simonton (USC) 0; Katie Hultin (WSU) 3

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-------------Darcy CouchUSC Asst. Sports Information Directoroffice) 213-740-3808cell) 213-725-3447fax)

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