Trojans Draw Matadors 1-1 In First OT Of 2012
NORTHRIDGE, CALIF. - The USC women's soccer team got tangled up in its first overtime game of 2012 tonight on the road. Trojan senior Samantha Johnson had a quick answer for a second-half score by host Cal State Northridge, and the match would lapse into OT. Although the shot count favored the Women of Troy, neither team would find the winner, and USC takes its first tie of the year with the 1-1 draw. USC is now 2-3-1 overall, and the Matadors go to 3-1-3.
The first half was tight by the numbers, with USC edging out CSUN 7-6 in the shot count. Four of those Trojan shots, though, forced saves out of Matador goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo. In the second half, USC would continue to put Jacobo to the test, with a flurry of early shots - three saved by Jacobo and one blocked by a CSUN defender. That USC pressure would rack up 24 shots on the night, while Jacobo had to make 15 saves against the Trojan attack in the game.
With the Trojan offensive pressure cranked up, USC rattled off the first six shots of the second half before the Matadors mounted a response. USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley was up to the task and knocked the attack wide for the save. As things leveled out, it would be the Matadors who would brek the silence in the 73rd minutes. A cross from Stephanie Norton was met by the head of Brittanie Sakajian for the header and goal to take host CSUN ahead 1-0.
Samantha Johnson fired back with a strong low shot that forced a diving save out of Jacobo next, and USC would line up for the corner kick. Johnson took care of that one. Jordan Marada sailed the corner into the box, and Johnson put the finishing touches on the ball when Jessica Musmanno tapped it out for Johnson, who blasted it through from about 15 yards out to deliver a crucial equalizer for the Women of Troy in the 74th minute - just under two minutes after the Matadors' strike.
Back-to-back Trojan corners generated a saved header from Marlee Carrillo and a Katie Johnson shot blocked by the CSUN defense in the 84th and 85th minutes, respectively. The teams would trade shots in the final two minutes, with Samantha Johnson and Marlee Carrillo each forcing saves out of Jacobo in the final minute, to no avail as the teams were left locked as regulation came to a close.
That brought the Trojans into their first overtime game of 2012. No great scoring opportunities came up through the first 10 of OT, but Alex Quincey took a chance with an early test from distance in the start of the second overtime. That was hauled in by Jacobo, and CSUN would generate an attack the other way, only to see its cross pulled in by Stanley. USC defender Elizabeth Eddy interrupted another Matador offensive series next. On the other end, Samantha Johnson had a go on goal, having her shot knocked wide by the keeper to bring up a corner kick in the 107th minute, but nothing would come of it. That would be the last opportunity of the game, as it wrapped as a 1-1 draw between the Trojans and the host Matadors for USC's first tie of the year.
The Women of Troy have two matches up next week, first taking a trip for some revenge against San Diego on Friday in a 5 p.m. game on Sept. 15 in San Diego. USC will then return home to host Portland in a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday (Sept. 17) at McAlister Field.
USC 1, Cal State Northridge 1
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 1, Cynthia Jacobo (CSUN) 15.
SHOTS: USC 24, CSUN 10.
CORNER KICKS: USC 9, CSUN 4.
FOULS: USC 16, CSUN 10.