Late Goal Lifts No. 8 USC to 2-1 Victory Over Huskies
Nov. 9, 2007
SEATTLE - A goal in the 86th minute by USC's Ashli Sandoval was the decider in a 2-1 win for the eighth-ranked Trojans over the Husky women Saturday night at Husky Soccer Field.
The Huskies, facing their third-straight ranked opponent, put forth a great showing, but saw their record drop to 5-12-1 and are now 2-6-1 in the Pac-10. The Trojans kept their hopes for a Pac-10 title alive with the win, improving to 7-1-1 in league play and 14-2-2 overall.
The Trojans scored at the very beginning and end of the action. Just 1:58 into the game, USC's Janessa Currier netted her fourth goal of the season with a header from 10-yards out, off an Ashli Sandoval corner kick from the left side.
Washington evened things thanks to senior Katy Dowling (Laguna Beach, Calif.), who fired a shot off of USC goalie Kristin Olsen only to have the rebound find itself back at her feet, and Dowling cashed in the second shot from seven-yards out, placing it in the upper-left corner for her first goal of the season. The shot knotted the score at 1-1, and it remained that way until the end of the half. USC outshot the Huskies, 10-2, in the first half.
Holding up under the early USC attack was sophomore goalkeeper Alex Phillips (Pack City, Utah), who made her first career start in net for the Huskies. After the early goal, Phillips kept the Trojans at bay for the next 80 minutes, and the Huskies took control for most of the second half. Dowling came close to burying her second goal of the night with 17:20 to play when she fired right-to-left from 25-yards out, but Olsen made a diving save to keep things tied.
With 85:56 on the clock, Sandoval produced the game-winner on a free kick 30-yards away from the left side that managed to slip through the Washington defense.
'I thought our team played great,' said Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore. 'I thought the second half we came after them. We weren't just sitting back and defending. 'I really think we played well enough to win the game. It was an unfortunate mistake at the end on the missed clearance. We didn't have anybody on the ball on a near-post driven ball and it slipped through. I'm proud of my kids but when you play a tough team like that you've got to play the full 90 and finish when you get your chances and it didn't happen tonight.'
The Huskies and Trojans took six shots apiece in the second half, with UW holding the edge in corner kicks, 5-1, and 5-3 for the game. USC outshot UW 16-8 for the match.
Phillips registered four saves in her first start, while Olsen made two, both in the second half.
Alex Phillips got her first start in goal tonight and I thought did well. It wasn't mistake free but we didn't expect it to be and she got some good experience.
The season ends with a bang for UW, as they host No. 1 UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12 noon. The Huskies will say goodbye to six seniors who play their final game in Husky uniforms on Sunday. Forwards Dani Bridges, Katy Dowling and Shuree Hyatt, midfielders Robin Alexander and Katie Buser, and goalkeeper Lizzy Showman all bid farewell Sunday.
'There's a lot of positives for us,' said Gallimore. 'There are some kids on the bench that didn't get to play that will probably see some time on Sunday that are also the future of our team. And we want to send our seniors off the right way and come out and battle as hard as we can against UCLA and try to knock them off.'
NCAA WOMEN'S SOCCER
Husky Soccer Field; Seattle, Wash.
Friday, Nov. 9, 2007
No. 8 USC 2, Washington 1
Scoring -- 1, USC, Janessa Currier (Ashli Sandoval), 1:58. 2, UW, Katy Dowling (unassisted), 10:41. 3, USC, Ashli Sandoval (unassisted), 85:56.
Shots -- USC 16, UW 8.
Saves -- USC 2 (Kristin Olsen), UW 4 (Alex Phillips).
Corner Kicks -- USC 3, UW 5.
Fouls -- USC 6, UW 12.
Attendance -- 632.
Washington 5-12-1, 2-5-1 Pac-10
USC 14-2-2, 6-1-1 Pac-10.