No. 3 USC Takes Down No. 14 Cal 3-0

Oct. 19, 2007

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The No. 3 USC women's soccer team picked up a big win in Berkeley on Friday afternoon, knocking in three goals en route to a shutout victory over No. 14 California. The win balloons USC's overall record to 11-1-1 and Pac-10 mark to 3-0. The Women of Troy now take their seven-game win streak into a clash with top-ranked Stanford at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

USC's scoring distribution was well-balanced once again in the 3-0 win. Goals from Marihelen Tomer, Karter Haug and Lauren Brown extended the Trojans' scoring tally to seven different scorers accounting for USC's nine goals in the first three games of Pac-10 play. For Tomer, her score marks the sophomore's third career game-winning goal. Defensively the Trojans got business taken care of once more as well, as goalkeepers Kristin Olsen and Brittany Massro shared time for USC's ninth shutout of the year. The USC back line -- which has seen significant changes due to injuries -- was solid in holding Cal to just one shot in the first half and five in the second en route to the Trojans' third consecutive shutout.

USC's winning effort got its first lift in the 29th minute of action. Lauren Brown ripped a shot that Cal goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini tipped enough to clang the ball off the crossbar. USC's Marihelen Tomer was there for the rebound, however, driving a header to the back of the net to get the Women of Troy ahead 1-0.

Cal gathered some momentum and put some pressure on the USC defense, but the Trojans regained control. Janessa Currier stuffed a pair of Cal strikers to get the ball back on the USC attack, and in the 42nd minute the Trojans got on the board once again. Ashli Sandoval centered the ball from the left side. Karter Haug collected it from about 25 yards out and launched a perfect arcing shot over the leaping Bears' goalkeeper and in, lifting USC to a 2-0 lead for halftime and tallying the freshman's first career goal.

The Trojans' third goal was another impressive strike. Sandoval's corner kick from the right side was knocked away by a Cal defender, but Brown intercepted it and punched in a strong shot to the left side, as USC took a 3-0 lead with 34 minutes left in the game.

In the 87th minute, Cal charged downfield on the attack. Cal's Valerie Barnes challenged USC goalkeeper Brittany Massro, and the two collided in the bow. Massro was given a yellow card for the encounter, and Cal lined up for the penalty shot. Massro came up big with a diving save to the right, knocking the ball loose. Cal punched a shot off the rebound, but Stacey Strong was there at the goalline for the clear.

The Trojans have now scored nine goals in their first three Pac-10 matches and are on a nine-game unbeaten streak. Last season, USC scored a total of eight goals during the entire Pac-10 season, finishing 3-2-4 in conference play. USC's 11 wins and three Pac-10 victories this season match the total wins and conference victories tallied by USC last season.

#1 USC 3, #14 California 0
USC 2 - 1 - 3
CAL 0 - 0 - 0

28:07 - USC: Marihelen Tomer (Lauren Brown)
41:14 - USC: Karter Haug (Ashli Sandoval)
56:11 - USC: Lauren Brown (unassisted)

SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 0, Brittany Massro (USC) 1, Team (USC) 1, Gina Pellegrini (CAL) 3.



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