No. 16 USC Shuts Down Another With 2-0 Win Over San Diego

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team's seventh win of the season had a familiar look to it as the Trojans locked away their sixth consecutive shutout victory of the year. The No. 16 Women of Troy jumped to an early lead over visiting San Diego with what proved to be the game-winner coming off the head of Lauren Brown on Friday at McAlister Field. Some extra padding to the win came with just seven minutes remaining, putting the finishing touches on yet another well-rounded effort by the streaking USC squad. The Trojans improve to 7-1-1 with the win, while San Diego moves to 6-3-0.

USC's current shutout win streak doubles its previous best stretch, last achieved in 2005. All told, the Trojan defense has allowed just five shots on goal in the past three games. That hasn't meant a huge saves tally for goalkeeper Veronica Simonton, but the junior now boasts 19 solo shutouts in her career at Troy to lead all USC goalies. She's shared two of USC's seven team shutouts this year, and the last goal she allowed was to still-undefeated Notre Dame on Sept. 1.

For the second straight game, USC got on the board in the first 10 minutes of play. This time, senior midfielder Tantillo lofted a brilliant corner kick on goal for junior forward Lauren Brown. Brown bashed in the goal for her second game-winner and third score of the season. After that 9:45 mark of the game, San Diego was able to get deep in Trojan territory and threaten with a series of corner kicks. Meagan Holmes helped knock away the first two, and then Jocelyn Hein cleared out the third. Minutes later, Ashley Nick got a head on another Torero corner try to help keep things silent for San Diego.

In the second half, the Trojans applied more pressure to the Torero back line, getting off eight shots in the half. It wasn't until the 83rd minute that USC broke through, but it was a resounding score. Amy Rodriguez got loose on a counterattack and delivered the ball wide to Brown on the right side. Brown sent back a rolling cross that Rodriguez faked a shot on, allowing the ball to roll past her to the feet of Tantillo. Tantillo made no question of where she wanted to place the ball, rifling it to the back of the net for a 2-0 USC lead. Tantillo lead the Trojans in scoring with four goals after punching in two last Sunday followed by Friday's late-game goal against the Toreros.

The Women of Troy next head across town to Loyola Marymount to face the Lions at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 24) in Westchester, Calif.

USC 2, USD 0
USC 1 - 1 -- 2
USD 0 - 0 -- 0

9:45 -- USC: Lauren Brown (Rosa Anna Tantillo)
82:59 -- USC: Tantillo (Brown, Amy Rodriguez)

Veronica Simonton (USC) 1; Brittany Cameron (USD) 1.

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