Another Trojan Comeback As USC Passes Michigan 2-1
Sept. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The USC women's soccer team worked its way into a winning groove with a victorious weekend at McAlister Field. The Trojans found themselves in a first-half hole but remained composed and drove in two goals in the second half to work past visiting Michigan and record a 2-1 win. Goals from Brittany Kerridge and Marihelen Tomer pushed USC to the win, which improves the Trojans' overall record to 3-3-0, while the Wolverines go to 3-5-0.
USC applied early pressure to the Wolverine defense in the match, generating a series of corner kicks for looks on goal. Marihelen Tomer put Michigan goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to the test with a blazing shot that Kopmeyer made the save against. The Michigan defense cleared the ball and countered back with Meaghan Hennessy on the attack. She got a shot off, but USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen got the stop. Soon after, however, USC's Karter Haug was issued a yellow card, and the Wolverines lined up for a free kick 20 yards out. Jackie Carron took the kick and sent it low to the left of the USC wall. Michigan's Kristin Goncalves was making her run behind the wall and got just enough of a touch on the ball to deflect it farther left of outstretched Olsen and in, taking Michigan ahead 1-0 in the 28th minute of play.
The lead would stand through halftime, but the Women of Troy refocused for the next stretch of play. The Trojans out-shot the Wolverines 9-1 in the second half as Olsen saw just the one shot on goal and took care of it early. Megan Ohai blasted one to the top right, only to see Kopmeyer get a finger on it to push the ball off the crossbar and out for a USC corner kick. Minutes later, USC was attacking again and this time it was Michigan whistled for a foul outside the box. Brittany Kerridge lined up for the free kick about 22 yards out, and she would need no extra touch to get USC on the board. Kerridge drove the ball to the top right for the equalizer, making it 1-1 in the 65th minute.
With time draining, USC pressed on as Samantha Johnson continued to cause trouble for the Wolverine back line and Carly Butcher delivered some dangerous corner kicks. In the 82nd minute, USC was still deep in Michigan territory. From the right side, Butcher sailed in a cross to the far post for Tomer, who popped the ball inside the post and through to carry the Trojans ahead. Up 2-1 in the game, USC held tight to its advantage and secured Tomer's goal as the game-winner - the ninth game-winning goal of the senior's career, ranking her fourth all-time at USC. Today's goals were the first of the season for both Kerridge and Tomer. Goalkeeper Kristin Olsen finished with three saves in the winning effort.
USC's next action takes the Women of Troy to Oklahoma next week. The Trojans will play at Oklahoma State in a 7 p.m. CT game on Friday (Sept. 18) and then go to face Oklahoma at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday (Sept. 20).
USC 2, Michigan 1
USC 0 - 2 = 2
MICH 1 - 0 = 1
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 3, Haley Kopmeyer (MICH) 9
SHOTS: USC 16, MICH 7
CORNER KICKS: USC 10, MICH 0