No. 19 USC Women's Soccer Shuts Out No. 21 Washington State, 1-0
LOS ANGELES – The No. 19 USC women's soccer team secured its fifth straight shutout at home and got the game-winning goal from Angeles Escobar in a 1-0 win over No. 21 Washington State on Sunday afternoon.
The victory follows a 5-0 thrashing of No. 20 Washington on Friday, moving USC to 6-3-1 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 play. The Cougars fall to 5-3-1, 1-2-1 with the loss.
The Trojans were actually on their heels through much of the first 45 minutes of play, but flipped the script in the second half, getting the goal from Escobar in the 55th minute. USC was outshot 6-1 in the first half, but took 14 shots and held the bulk of possession in the final period.
Escobar's goal came after Tara McKeown sent a ball into the box that was tipped by the keeper, but the freshman forward pounced on it and knocked it home in traffic.
Kaylie Collins made all five saves necessary to put up her third solo-shutout of the season. USC has not allowed a goal in the Coliseum since the season-opener against then-No. 10 BYU, a streak of 469 consecutive scoreless minutes at home.
For Escobar, the game-winning goal follows a two-assist performance against Washington on Friday.
53' – USC: Angeles Escobar (assisted by Tara McKeown) – McKeown whipped a ball into the box from the right side and a diving WSU keeper got a hand on it, but it fell near Escobar, who turned and fired with her left foot for the goal.
The Trojans hit the road next week, heading to Stanford on Friday (April 9) and Cal on Sunday (April 11).
— USC Women's Soccer (@USC_WSoccer) April 4, 2021