No. 17 USC Falls 2-0 To Top-Ranked Notre Dame

Sept. 1, 2006

Box Score

SOUTH BEND, IND. -- The No. 17-ranked USC women's soccer team held out a hard fight against its top-ranked hosts but the hard-pressing Notre Dame squad eventually broke through for a 2-0 win over the Trojans on Friday night in South Bend, Ind., at the Inn at Saint Mary's Notre Dame Soccer Classic. The loss is USC's first of the year, putting the Women of Troy at 1-1-1, while Notre Dame improves to 3-0-0 with the victory. USC moves on to face Harvard at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (Sept. 3) at Notre Dame's Alumni Field.

The Fighting Irish delivered shot after shot and were awarded four corner kicks in the last two minutes of the first half, only to have USC junior goalkeeper Veronica Simonton make five saves in the half to help keep the game scoreless. To start the match, USC was out-whistled by the official to the tune of six straight fouls and one yellow card before Notre Dame was docked with a foul. Meanwhile, USC's first and only shot of the half came in the 14th minute when Jamie Petrossi caught Rosa Anna Tantillo open on the right side with a cross. Tantillo's shot sailed high and wide, however. USC defender Meagan Holmes made several stops on Fighting Irish strikes in the half, including a slide that forced Notre Dame's fifth of 10 corner kicks in the half. Simonton knocked that corner away, and Lauren Brown squelched Notre Dame's shot attempt in the 26th minute. Nine minutes later, Holmes stuffed another Notre Dame shot.

In the second half, USC earned its first corner kick of the game, but each ensuing USC shot attempt was met immediately by a Fighting Irish defender. The Trojans' second corner kick was cleared and promptly countered for a Notre Dame charge on goal. Courtney Rosen got loose and rocketed a shot on goal, but Simonton was ready with the big save -- her sixth of the game. The only true shot that the Trojans were able to get off came with just 8:50 on the clock, when Janessa Currier settled the ball for Holmes, whose crosscage shot went just wide. By that time, Notre Dame had already gotten on the board with an acrobatic score in the 58th minute of play. Michele Weissenhofer launched a flip throw-in from the left sideline, and Amanda Clark drilled in a header to push Notre Dame ahead 1-0.

USC caught some offensive momentum soon after, but each time the attack was cut just short of a solid strike on goal. Eventually, Notre Dame moved the ball back downfield and out to the same zone on the sideline that put Weissenhofer within striking distance on her patended flip throw-in. Her toss was met with a header by Amanda Cinalli, this time to the inside post for a 2-0 Notre Dame advantage with just 7:31 left in the game. All told, Notre Dame ended up out-shooting USC 23-2 with eight shots on goal.

USC concludes its Indiana visit on Sunday (Sept. 3) with a match against Harvard at 11 a.m. ET at Notre Dame's Alumni Field.

Notre Dame 2, USC 0

USC 0 - 0 -- 0
ND 0 - 2 -- 2

58:14 -- ND: Amanda Clark (Michele Weissenhofer)
82:29 -- ND: Amanda Cinalli (Weissenhofer)

Veronica Simonton (USC) 6, Lauren Karas (ND) 0.

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