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USC Women's Soccer Loses Heartbreaker to Ole Miss on PKs

Apr 30, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The USC women's soccer team's season came to a heartbreaking end on Friday evening in North Carolina, as the Trojans were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on penalty kicks by Ole Miss.
 
The game ended in a 2-2 tie after 110 minutes of play, and the Rebels would advance thanks to a 3-2 penalty kick advantage.
 
The Trojans had plenty of chances to end the game throughout overtime, including having a penalty kick saved early in the first OT, but it just wasn't USC's day. The Trojans outshot Ole Miss 22-10 on the game and 10-1 through the two overtimes.
 
USC jumped ahead 2-0 in the first half, thanks to goals from Tara McKeown and Zoe Burns, but the Rebels would score twice in the second half to even things up. The equalizer came in the 79th minute.
 
The penalty shootout went to the fifth round tied 2-2, but Ole Miss made their final attempt and the Trojans' last try was saved.

 
GOALS
23' – USC: Tara McKeown (assisted by Savannah DeMelo, Madeline Vergura) – Vergura sent a short corner to DeMelo and DeMelo sent a cross into the box, where McKeown headed it home.
 
43' – USC: Zoe Burns (assisted by Tara McKeown) – McKeown fired a shot on target that was saved by the Ole Miss keeper, but the rebound went right to a charging Burns, who punched it home.
 
69' – OM: Hayleigh Stackpole (assisted by Madisyn Pezzino) – Pezzino tapped a ball into the box and Stackpole collected and finished in traffic.
 
79' – OM: Ramsey Davis (assisted by Haleigh Stackpole) – Stackpole sent a corner in that skipped across the box and right to Davis, and Davis collected and fired it home from the top left of the penalty area.
 
PENALTY SHOOTOUT
Round 1 | OM – made, USC – miss  
Round 2 | OM – miss, USC – miss  
Round 3 | OM – miss, USC – made  
Round 4 | OM – made, USC – made  
Round 5 | OM – made, USC – miss