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USC Women's Soccer Dominates in 4-0 Win Over CSUN on Senior Day

Sep 19, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Back home for the first time in almost a month, the USC Women's soccer team put on a show at McAlister Field, beating CSUN 4-0 on Senior Day.
The Trojans broke the game open with three goals in a six minute span in the second half, moving to 5-2 on the year to close out non-conference play. The Matadors fall to 1-9 with the loss.
Senior forward Jada Talley got USC on the board first, finishing a cross from fellow senior Penelope Hocking in the 20th minute. USC would outshoot CSUN 13-3 in the first half, but couldn't break through for another goal, taking a 1-0 lead into the break.
It would be Hocking that started the second half scoring run as she blasted a remarkable strike from outside the penalty area to make it 2-0 in the 70th minute. Just over 60 seconds later, Brooklyn Courtnall found Hannah White on the break and White beat the keeper to finish in front of an open net.
Julia Gomez capped the scoring rampage with her first career goal in the 76th minute, hitting the upper right corner after carrying the ball all the way into the area.
The Trojan defense held strong, shutting out their fourth straight opponent on Sunday. CSUN managed just six shots in the game and only three on target, with senior keeper Anna Smith making all the necessary saves. Smith now has four shutouts in goal and has played every minute this season.
20' – USC: Jada Talley (assisted by Penelope Hocking, Aaliyah Farmer) – Farmer sent a ball up the right side for Hocking and Hocking crossed it into the box, where Talley was waiting at the back post to finish.
70' – USC: Penelope Hocking (no assist) – Hocking lost her shoe near midfield, but continued on and snagged a failed clearance attempt and fired off a shot from 25 yards out that dipped into the upper right corner of the goal.
71' – USC: Hannah White (assisted by Brooklyn Courtnall) – Courtnall slid a ball up the middle of the field for White and White beat the charging keeper to it, took a touch around the Matador goalie and finished in front of an empty net.
76' – USC: Julia Gomez (no assist) – Gomez carried the ball all the way into the penalty area then shot into the upper right corner for her first career goal.
The Trojans start Pac-12 play next week, hosting Oregon State on Friday. That game can be seen live on the Pac-12 Network.