No. 3 USC Powers Up For 6-2 Win At Clemson
Sept. 14, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The No. 3 USC women's soccer team was able to find plenty of offensive sparks despite a power outage at Clemson on Sunday afternoon. The Women of Troy had another strong day of scoring, putting up a 6-2 win over host Clemson. With sophomore Alyssa Dávila leading the way with a pair of goals -- including her sixth career game-winner -- four other Trojans got to the back of the net in the win. USC improves to 6-1-0 overall with the road victory, while Clemson moves to 4-2-0.
USC goalkeepers Kristin Olsen and Brittany Massro split time in goal, with Olsen picking up a single save in the first half as the USC defense allowed just four Clemson shots in the opening half. Meanwhile, the USC offense got going early. Freshman Carly Butcher plugged in her fourth goal of the year -- having posted a two-goal game in USC's 3-2 comeback win over Georgia on Friday -- with a score off a Marihelen Tomer assist in the sixth minute of play. That goal marked USC's quickest strike of the season, and the Trojans added to that 1-0 lead just seven minutes later.
Tomer again served the set-up for the score, getting a pass to Amy Rodriguez for the senior Olympic gold-medalist's first Trojan goal since returning from Beijing. Up 2-0, USC would get one more score before the close of the half. With 44:50 on the clock, Karter Haug got the ball to Alyssa Dávila for a goal that lifted USC ahead 3-0 going into halftime.
Five minute into the second half, Dávila would assist on USC's fourth goal -- this one from freshman Ashley Freyer. Eight minutes later, Dávila continued to cause trouble for the Tiger defense. Megan Ohai slipped a pass to Dávila this time, and she finished it off with her second goal of the day to take USC ahead 5-0.
Clemson would get on the board in the 69th minute on a goal from Molly Johnson, but USC answered right back with 71:56 on the clock. Tomer delivered her third assist of the day with a pass to Ashli Sandoval, who drilled the shot to make it 6-1 USC. With under three minutes to go, Clemson broke through with one final goal -- a score from Julie Bolt -- to round out the day as a 6-2 USC win. USC goalkeeper Brittany Massro and the USC defense faced seven shots in the second half, with Massro pulling in two saves.
USC will now return home and set up for a clash against SMU at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 21).
#3 USC 6, Clemson 2
USC 3 - 3 -- 6
CLEM 0 - 2 -- 2
5:46 -- USC: Carly Butcher (Marihelen Tomer)
12:17 -- USC: Amy Rodriguez (Tomer)
44:50 -- USC: Alyssa Dávila (Karter Haug)
50:22 -- USC: Ashley Freyer (Dávila)
57:47 -- USC: Dávila (Megan Ohai)
68:59 -- CLEM: Molly Johnson (Katie Vogel)
71:56 -- USC: Ashli Sandoval (Tomer)
87:25 -- CLEM: Julie Bolt (Sarah Jacobs, Samantha Fortier)
SHOTS: USC 19, Clemson 11
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, Clemson 3