USC women's soccer had lost its last three season openers and appeared to be headed to a similar fate when defender Kristina Noriega was sent off with a red card tied at 1-1 in the 77th minute. Instead, the Women of Troy, buoyed by a lineup with seven new starters, found a burst of energy to reel off three goals in a 12 minute span en route to a 3-2 road win over Cal State Fullerton.
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As a result, the Trojans are undefeated on the 2012-13 athletics' calendar with the first home test coming next Friday at McAlister Field against St. Mary's (3 p.m.).
Junior Autumn Altamirano is one of the few veterans on this renovated roster.(Photo by Matt Brown)