USC Scores Four Again To Open 2013 In Winning Form
Aug 25, 2013
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team made another strong statement in San Diego today in taking down the tournament host Toreros 4-2 to make it a winning start to 2013 for the now 2-0 Trojans. USC roared to life with three first-half goals, including back-to-back goals from freshman Tanya Samarzich to follow sophomore Jamie Fink's opener. The Women of Troy would build a 4-0 advantage on a finish in the box from Elizabeth Eddy before the Toreros managed two late goals to wrap the final scoreline as a 4-2 USC win. The only team with two wins in action at this weekend's USD Tournament, the Trojans landed Eddy and Fink on the All-Tournament Team. Both Fink and Eddy also scored in USC's 4-1 win over No. 11 San Diego State on Friday at Torero Stadium.
Both teams traded good chances within four minute of each other, with Marlee Carrillo testing the USD keeper first with a solid header before Torero Lauren Dotson returned the favor with a header that Caroline Stanley handled to keep things silent. Stanley and Autumn Altamirano later combined forces to neutralize another Torero attack, and thusly bolstered, the Trojans turned the tide on things. Minutes later, Elizabeth Eddy launched in a corner kick for USC. Marlee Carrillo got a head on it, knocking the ball into the middle where it would bounce around until Kayla Mills got a piece of it. Her shot was blocked by USD goalkeeper Michelle Craft, but Jamie Fink was there for the rebound and the scoring blast in the 23rd minute to take USC ahead 1-0.
Later, Jordan Marada provided some flash up the middle with a power move and shot that went high. USC newcomer Tanya Samarzich subbed in and promptly made a name for herself in the Trojan books. In the 29th minutes, Samarzich took a pass up from Autumn Altamirano and blasted a booming shot from outside the area, sailing it over the USD keeper and off the far post for the freshman's first goal as a Trojan. But she wasn't done. Barely two minutes later, Altamirano and Samarzich hooked up again. This time, Altamirano served up a centering pass for a streaking Samarzich, who beat her defender into the box and muscled in the score to make it a brace for the freshman and a 3-0 lead for the Trojans.
USC got a good early chance off a Marada free kick, which was met in the air by Katie Johnson for a strong header that had a chance but glanced off the crossbar in the 48th minute of play. In the 70th minute, another USC newcomer got in on the action. Off a USC throw-in, freshman Rachel Smith soared a perfect ball to senior Elizabeth Eddy on the far side of the box. A wide-open Eddy collected it and promptly delivered the finish, and the Women of Troy were enjoying a 4-0 lead with 20 minutes left to play.
The Toreros would steal away a Trojan shutout with a goal in the 79th minute. Less than a minute after taking over the goal for Stanley, freshman goalkeeper Ashlynn Ramos was tested for the first time in her career. After a centering pass into the box for USD, Ramos put a stop to a first-try close-range shot from Devany Savage in the box. Off the initial save, the ball would bounce back to Savage's feet, and the Torero finished the chance to put the hosts on the board for the first time in the game. Eight minutes later, USD doubled its tally with another score off a centering pass. This one came with just over three minutes to go when Michaela Dooley finished off a cross with her head to make it 4-2 Trojans, which would hold til the final whistle.
USC now returns to Los Angeles to set up for the Trojans' home opener on Friday (Aug. 30) at 3 p.m. against Cal State Northridge.
USD TOURNAMENT - Championship game
SHOTS: USC 18, USD 7
CORNER KICKS: USC 7, USD 4
FOULS: USC 10, USD 10