Croix Bethune's Hat Trick Leads No. 19 USC Women's Soccer to 5-0 Win at Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. – The No. 19 USC women's soccer team got a hat trick from Croix Bethune and recorded its fifth straight shutout on Sunday afternoon, beating Cal 5-0 in a Pac-12 matchup.
The Trojans matched their season high with five goals in the game, scoring three times in the first half and twice in the second to move to 7-3-2 overall and 6-3-1 in conference action. Cal falls to 5-6-1, 3-6-1.
Bethune got things going early, putting one in the back of the net just 5:16 into the game for her first collegiate goal. She followed that up with a second strike almost exactly six minutes later, giving use a 2-0 lead in the 12th minute.
Penelope Hocking then found the back of the net in the 13th minute, getting the feed from Tara McKeown and Bethune to score her ninth goal of the year. McKeown assisted all three first half goals.
Bethune then completed the hat trick in the 61st minute, getting a feed from Jen Westendorf to make it 4-0 USC. After the Bears got called for passing the ball back to their keeper, USC was awarded an indirect kick in the penalty area, and Hocking tapped it to Lily Perryman, who buried it through a wall of Cal defenders. It was the first career goal for the midfielder Perryman.
Both teams recorded 12 shots in the game, but USC put nine on target to just four for the Bears. Kaylie Collins made three saved before giving way to Anna Smith late in the second half.
6' – USC: Croix Bethune (assisted by Tara McKeown) – McKeown made a quick cut near the top of the penalty area and found Bethune running into the box. Bethune then sent a strike inside the left post.
12' – USC: Croix Bethune (assisted by Tara McKeown, Lily Perryman) – Perryman sent a ball to McKeown, who sent a quick pass to Bethune near the top of the area, and Bethune fired a left-footed shot inside the right post.
13' – USC: Penelope Hocking (assisted by Croix Bethune, Tara McKeown) – Hocking started the play with a quick pass to McKeown, who tapped a pass to Bethune. Bethune then found a cutting Hocking in the middle of the penalty area and Hocking turned and scored with her right foot off the left post.
61' – USC: Croix Bethune (assisted by Jennifer Westendorf) – Westendorf got the ball in traffic deep in the box, and then poked it back to Bethune for the finish.
77' – USC: Lily Perryman (assisted by Penelope Hocking) – The Trojans were awarded an indirect kick after the Cal keeper picked up a pass from her own team. Hocking tapped the ball to Perryman, who sent the shot low through the wall and in.
The Trojans return home to close the regular season against UCLA on Friday. That game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.