No. 17 USC Grabs Fourth Straight Shutout Win
Sept. 15, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team spattered the goal with shots in Friday's game against Eastern Washington and eventually made good on a pair of corner kick setups to post the Trojans' fourth straight shutout win with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Eagles. Sophomore defenders Janessa Currier and Meagan Holmes both proved to be potent targets for the Women of Troy, with scores off second-half corners by Rosa Anna Tantillo and Jocelyn Hein. The victory pushes USC to a 5-1-1 overall record, while Eastern Washington falls to 1-5-1 on the year.
USC's all-out pressure on the Eastern Washington defense kept the Trojans deep in Eagle territory throughout the game. Still, USC was unable to break through in the first half, despite firing off 10 shots in the half. Seven of those were on goal, but Eastern Washington goalkeeper Tiera Como was ready for each one. Como made several leaping saves to knock away dangerous Trojan strikes and keep the game scoreless entering the second half. Meanwhile, the USC defense turned away any an all Eagle attacks to go through the first half without a shot against Trojan goalkeeper Veronica Simonton.
It wasn't until the 56th minute of play that the Eagles got deep enough to earn a corner kick, but Simonton pulled down the cross to end the threat. Five minutes later, USC had earned a corner of its own, and Tantillo's strike was met by Currier for a one-touch volley that rifled crosscage for the winning score on a 1-0 USC lead with 29:10 left to play. The assist was Tantillo's 21st career assist, tying her at No. 3 all-time on USC's career assists list. The goal marked Currier's first career goal and first points for the sophomore defender.
USC had another chance to strike with Marihelen Tomer got loose on the attack, but the freshman forward was just a step offsides. Soon after, the Trojans had earned another corner kick. This one was taken by Hein, and she sailed her kick to the face of the goal for Holmes to connect with a fire to the back of the net. That pushed USC ahead 2-0 with 16:55 left on the clock.
USC's offensive domination continued, and the Trojans wound up with 24 shots in the game -- including 11 shots on goal. Eastern Washington finally registered a shot on a strong free kick by Kit Rood, who powered in a long shot that Simonton was able to make a leaping grab on for her lone save of the game. The shutout effort for Simonton marked her 17th career solo shutout, and was USC's fourth straight team shutout victory.
The Women of Troy return to action on Sunday (Sept. 17) to face UNLV at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field.
USC 2, Eastern Washington 0
USC 0 - 2 -- 2
EWU 0 - 0 -- 0
Veronica Simonton (USC) 1; Tiera Como (EWU) 11.