No. 4 Duke Grabs Comeback Win Over USC
Aug. 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team proved a stiff test for No. 4 Duke today, as the Trojans came out firing against the 2011 NCAA finalists before the Blue Devils managed to fight back for a 2-1 win over host USC. The Women of Troy put the Blue Devils on their heels early with strong defense and an early goal from Alex Quincey. Duke got the win on two goals in the second half, however, moving USC to 2-2 overall with the loss. Duke improves to 3-1 with the win.
The match was the second game of the day at the USC Fútbol Classic at McAlister Field. The early-afternoon match featured a similar 21 comeback win for Washington State over San Diego. On Sunday (Sept. 2), Duke and WSU face off in an 11:30 a.m. match, followed by USC's 2 p.m. clash with San Diego.
The Trojans faced their first ranked team of the season in No. 4 Duke, but the young USC squad showed no signs of intimidation in coming up against the top-10 team. USC worked deep into Duke territory early and created many opportunities for strikes. In the sixth minute, two Trojan transfers connected to get USC on the board first. Jordan Marada whipped in a corner kick, finding Alex Quincey for a stiff foot on the ball to poke it through to the back of the net. From there, the USC defense continued to take a stand against the Blue Devils, as the back line of Elizabeth Eddy, Erin Owen, Marlee Carrillo and Autumn Altamirano smothered Duke's strikers and goalkeeper Caroline Stanley made two strong saves to preserve that 1-0 lead through to halftime.
Duke looked to have worked out a system of getting deeper into enemy territory in the second half. USC fouls set up a couple early free kicks, but the Trojan defense handled those with no consequence. USC's freshman Katie Johnson and Whitney Pitalo countered with a dangerous chance on the Duke goal, but that one passed just a whisper away from being a successful strike. Owen would later clear out a Duke corner kick, but the Blue Devils pressed on, and Laura Weinberg delivered a cross that Kim DeCesare finished off for the equalizer in the 63rd minute.
USC would manufacture a few more powerful attacks from there, but Duke would get the go-ahead first. On a Weinberg corner kick, Gilda Doria flicked a header back for DeCesare, who netted her second goal of the day to take a 2-1 lead for the Blue Devils in the 70th minute. Despite a rallying cry from the Trojans and blasts from Quincey and Borman in the remaining time, Duke goalkeeper Tara Campbell tallying three big saves in the final stretch to hold onto the 2-1 win for the Blue Devils.
#4 Duke 2, USC 1
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 5, Tara Campbell (DUKE) 4
SHOTS: USC 13, Duke 14
CORNER KICKS: USC 3, Duke 4
FOULS: USC 16, Duke 11