Penelope Hocking's Brace Leads No. 13 USC Women's Soccer Past Oregon State
LOS ANGELES – Penelope Hocking scored twice and the Trojan defense kept a clean sheet as the No. 13 USC women's soccer team beat Oregon State 2-0 at home on Friday afternoon.
The Trojans move to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 play with the win. Oregon State falls to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
Hocking netted a goal in the 19th minute after Tara McKeown stole a clearance attempt from the Beavers' keeper and knocked it over to her inside the penalty area. Hocking's second goal came late in the second half when Lily Perryman sent a long pass ahead the junior forward got in behind the Oregon State defense.
The Trojans limited the visiting Beavers to eight shots and just one on goal in the game. USC put eight of their 13 shots on target and would have had a couple more goals early in the second half if it weren't for two brilliant saves by OSU's Bridgette Skiba.
19' – USC: Penelope Hocking (assisted by Tara McKeown) – McKeown stole a clearance attempt from the Oregon State keeper and knocked it over to Hocking, who shot one in just under the crossbar.
89' – USC: Penelope Hocking (assisted by Lily Perryman, Zoe Burns) – Burns sent a quick pass to Perryman near the half line and Perryman sent long ball up the middle of the field, where Hocking got behind the defense and beat the charging keeper to her right.
The Trojans stay home for a Sunday matchup with Oregon at 1 p.m. That game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network and on the Pac-12 Now app.