That's Three: No. 22 Trojans Open Season With Third Straight Victory
Aug 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 22 USC women's soccer team ripped off another four-goal game to continue its powerful start to 2013, beating visiting Cal State Northridge 4-1 in the Trojans' home opener at McAlister Field. Four different Women of Troy got to the back of the net today, as USC has set a program record with 12 goals scored in its first three games while also matching its best start to a season since 2007 with a 3-0 record on the year.
Credit today's game-winner to freshman Tanya Samarzich, whose nifty finish in the box off a Marlee Carrilo setup in the 30th minute would stand as the winner on the day and gave the newcomer her second straight game-winning goal. Sophomore Katie Johnson and Kayla Mills had hooked up four minutes earlier on another underclassman combo pack when Mills delivered and Johnson proved the sharpshooter to take USC ahead 1-0 in the match in the 26th.
If only for goal-line technology, the Trojans may well have held a 3-0 lead at the break, but Megan Borman's blast from distance would rattle the crossbar and ricochet straight down before CSUN goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill slurped it up on the bounce. So the Trojans took a 2-0 lead at halftime, but took the field for the next 45 with plenty of punch despite the heat.
The Trojan domination drummed up a 3-0 advantage early in the second. Elizabeth Eddy had misfired on a chance in the box once, but give a second opportunity the senior capitalized moments later. Fellow senior Jordan Marada carried the ball and placed at pass into the box for a hungry Eddy. She would gather it up, turn and fire her blast to the back of the net, notching her fourth goal of the season to give her her 14th career goal -- 11th most in program history.
USC would enjoy that 3-0 lead and become hopeful of a first shutout on the year, boosted later when a dangerous shot from CSUN's Amanda Smith nailed the crossbar in the 59th minute. After the Trojan defense pulled the Matadors offsides on a series of attempted attacks, CSUN manufactured another deep run. Lyndsey Preston got into the USC area and was met by USC defender Marlee Carrillo. Preston went down on the challenge, and was awarded a penalty kick for the Matadors in the 66th minute. Chloe McDaniel put the shot away for CSUN, and the Trojans were now holding a 3-1 advantage.
The Trojans regrouped, answering back soon after with a hard shot from Alex Quincey that forced a nice diving save out of keeper McCaskill. Minutes later, however, McCaskill was out of luck when Kayla Mills went on a solo mission to goal in the 75th minute. Mills carried the ball with speed and put her shot away with precision to the far low post to bump the Trojans to their third consecutive four-goal game and another well-balanced victory.
USC will next shove off for an out-of-state adventure to Minnesota, where the Women of Troy will clash with Ole Miss and LSU at the Minnesota Gold Classic in Minneapolis. USC faces Ole Miss at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday (Sept. 6) and then LSU at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday (Sept. 8) in an effort to continue the Trojans' winning momentum in 2013.
#22 USC 4, Cal State Northridge 1
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 4, Jovani McCaskill (CSUN) 4.
SHOTS: USC 15, CSUN 11
CORNER KICKS: USC 5, CSUN 0
FOULS: USC 13, CSUN 9