Penelope Hocking Scores Late as No. 19 USC Women's Soccer Shuts Out Arizona 1-0
LOS ANGELES – The No. 19 USC women's soccer team got another strong defensive performance at home to go along with a late goal from Penelope Hocking in a 1-0 win over Arizona on Friday afternoon in the Coliseum.
USC moves to 4-3-1 overall and 3-3 in Pac-12 play with the win, while Arizona falls to 6-4, 1-4 Pac-12.
Hocking converted in the 77th minute to break the scoreless tie, getting a pass from Tara McKeown and then firing off a left-footed shot that found the upper left corner.
Both teams had chances throughout the match, with USC holding a 14-11 shot advantage. One of the better early opportunities for USC came in the first half when Croix Bethune hit one from distance that was just saved by a diving Arizona keeper. The Wildcats threatened in the second half, getting a free kick from just outside the penalty area, but goalkeeper Kaylie Collins was there for the save on a low shot that got under the wall.
The Trojans allowed just one corner in the game, while winning four of their own.
77' – USC: Penelope Hocking (assisted by Tara McKeown) – McKeown found hocking near the right side of the penalty area, Hocking took a couple touches towards the center of the area and then fired off a shot with her left foot that hit off the keeper's hand and into the upper left corner.
The Trojans stay home next week, hosting No. 20 Washington on Friday (April 2) and No. 21 Washington State on Sunday (April 4).