Penelope Hocking Ties Record, Jada Talley Scores Game-Winner Against Former Club For USC Women's Soccer
TUCSON, Ariz. – Penelope Hocking scored her 48th collegiate goal to equalize the game and tie the USC career scoring record, and Jada Talley scored the game-winner against her former program in a 4-1 win at Arizona for the No. 21 USC women's soccer team.
The Trojans erased a 1-0 deficit in the game to win their eighth in a row and move to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 play. Arizona falls to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in conference action.
Hocking's record-tying goal came in the 19th minute when she finished a cross from Helena Sampaio, just eight minutes after the Wildcats jumped on top 1-0. The teams would go into the break 1-1.
It was all USC in the second half as the visitors scored three goals on 14 shots. The Trojans outshot Arizona 23-6 overall on the day.
Talley, who transferred to USC prior to this season after four years of playing in Tucson, scored the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute on a cross from Madeline Vergura. Jaelyn Eisenhart padded the USC lead with a nifty goal in the 80th minute and Croix Bethune capped the second half surge with her team-leading 7th goal of the year in the 84th minute.
The Trojans gave up just three shots in each half and goalkeeper Anna Smith had to make just one save in each period. USC also did not allow a corner kick in the second half.
11' – ARIZ: Jenna Studer (assisted by Madison Goerlinger) – The Wildcats sent a corner kick into the box that bounced around and eventually fell to Goerlinger, who slid it to Studer and Studer finished with one touch.
18' – USC: Penelope Hocking (assisted by Helena Sampaio) – Sampaio made a run into the right side of the penalty area and sent a cross into the goal box, where Hocking slid and finished with one touch.
69' – USC: Jada Talley (assisted by Madeline Vergura) – Vergura worked her way into the area up the right side and sent a cross into the box, where Talley was waiting to knock it in off the bounce in front of the net.
80' – USC: Jaelyn Eisenhart (assisted by Katie Roditis) – Roditis slid a pass ahead for Eisenhart and Eisenhart took a few touches into the left side of the penalty area before send a shot into the upper right corner of the net.
84' – USC: Croix Bethune (assisted by Simi Awujo) – Awujo made a run up the center of the pitch and then sent a pass ahead for Bethune who ran onto it in the 18 yard box and fired home a shot on her first touch inside the near left post.
The Trojans return home next week, hosting Colorado on Thursday and Utah on Sunday. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.