No. 13 USC Strikes Back, Grabs Third Straight Win
Sept. 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The No. 13 USC women's soccer team had its first comeback battle on Friday, enduring a half-hour lightning storm and a first-half Maryland goal before forcing overtime and getting the job done to remain undefeated. Freshman Alyssa Davila punched in the game-winning score in the 94th minute to notch a 3-0-0 record for the Women of Troy. It was Davila's first career goal at Troy, following up senior Lauren Brown's game-tying goal in the 80th minute of action. USC now turns to face host Indiana at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday (Sept. 9).
Playing in Bloomington, Ind., USC had the numbers in its favor throughout the game, although the first obstacle in the match would be the skies. A lightning storm suspended play for a half-hour just seven minutes after the game had begun. Once the lightning passed, the rain continued, and it was Maryland that would get the first early break with the wet field. USC tallied 19 total shots compared to three from the Terrapins, and the corner kick count was also a lopsided 11-1 by game's end. After a relatively slow start, the Women of Troy turned up the pressure in the second half, knocking 12 shots and hitting the goalposts twice. USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen played the full time in goal, but faced only the one shot on goal, as Maryland recorded only three shots in the game. Meanwhile, Maryland keeper Yewande Balogun saw 19 USC shots - eight of which were on goal - and finished with six saves.
"They fought today. I was really proud of them," USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin said of his team. "I saw a lot of character from us. We played hard and really pinned them in in the second half."
USC earned its first corner kick 17 minutes in, but the opportunity was cleared out by the Maryland defense. After the 20-minute mark, the Trojans got a couple looks, making their first strikes on goal with shots from Megan Ohai and Ashley Nick. Despite those USC surges, it was Maryland that got to the back of the net first, getting a goal from Nataly Arias with a long ball that slid through in the 30th minute to put the Terps up 1-0 - marking the first time this season the Trojans have trailed in a game.
Meghan Holmes blasted a pair of shots on goal for USC next, but Maryland keeper Balogun nabbed saves on both. In the second half, the Trojans cranked up the intensity even more. Amy Rodriguez was an active force on the front lines, and Karter Haug and Janessa Currier both drilled shots that clanged off the posts, missing a score but keeping the pressure on the Terps. Finally, with the shot count leaning heavily in the Trojans' favor, USC broke through. On the 16th shot of the game with just over 10 minutes left in regulation, the Women of Troy got on the board with a goal from Lauren Brown, who took advantage of a rebound off the Maryland keeper's hands to drive in a score. Her second goal of the year locked up the game 1-1 in the 80th minute of play.
The remainder of the half passed scoreless, bringing up overtime. Maryland was caught offsides two minutes in, and the Women of Troy were able to respond with a deep attack a minute later. That's when Davila tracked down a ball that the Terps failed to clear, and the freshman midfielder cut in and jumped on her opportunity with the game-winning goal for the Trojans.
#13 USC 2, Maryland 1 (OT)
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 0, Yewande Balogun (UMD) 6.
SHOTS: USC 19, UMD 3.
CORNER KICKS: USC 11, UMD 1.