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Beavers Set for Afternoon Battle Against USC

Sep 22, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's soccer team opens Pac-12 action with USC on Friday at 4 p.m. at Soni McAlister Field in Los Angeles, Calif. The match will be available to watch on the Pac-12 Networks. 
Last Time Out
The Beavers improved to 8-0 on the season, capping non-conference play with a 3-2 win over North Dakota on Sept. 17. Freshman McKenna Martinez scored two of Oregon State's goals, finding the net in the 54th and 83rd minutes of play. Martinez leads the team in goals with six this season. Senior Mylene Gorzynski posted her first goal of the season in the 78th minute with assists from Bryana Pizarro and Aaliyah Bluett. 
Senior Bridgette Skiba posted five saves throughout the game, improving to 7-0 between the pipes. Oregon State took 15 corner kicks and tallied 11 shots on goal out of 25 shots taken. 
Last Time Against USC
Oregon State last clashed with USC on Mar. 5, 2021, falling to the Trojans 2-0 in Los Angeles, Calif. Historically, OSU is 5-21-2 against USC. From 2009 to 2011, the Beavers went on a three-match win streak in the series. The last time Oregon State toppled the Trojans was Sept. 30, 2011, when Jenna Richardson scored the game-winner in the Beavers' 1-0 overtime victory in Los Angeles, Calif. 
Scouting USC
USC is 5-2-0 (0-0-0 Pac-12). The Trojans opened the season with losses to Pepperdine (Aug. 19) and BYU (Aug. 26) before bouncing back to pick up five wins spanning from Aug. 28 to Sept. 19. After defeating Utah Valley, 4-2, on the road on Aug. 28, the Trojans have posted road shutouts against Michigan, Western Michigan, and UC Santa Barbara. USC is coming off a 4-0 victory over CSUN on Sept. 19. 
Junior Croix Bethune has scored five goals on the season and senior Penelope Hocking has notched four goals. Sophomore Katie Roditis leads the Trojans in assists with three. In goal, Anna Smith has posted 30 saves and has allowed six goals. The Trojans have tallied 18 goals compared to six scored by opponents. 
Last spring, USC posted a 7-3-4 (6-3-2 Pac-12) record. The Trojans edged past BYU, 4-3, in overtime on Feb. 15 to kick off the season. USC recorded six shutouts last year and tied with UCLA on Mar. 18 and April 16, with scores of 2-2 for both matches. On April 30, the Trojans took on Ole Miss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, after earning a first-round bye. USC tied with the Rebels, 2-2, but Ole Miss advanced due to penalty kicks, scoring three compared to USC's two.