No. 3 USC Charges Back For 3-2 Overtime Win At Georgia
Sept. 12, 2008
ATHENS, GA., -- The No. 3 USC women's soccer team proved poised and powerful on Friday evening in Athens, Ga., staging a comeback win over host Georgia with a 3-2 double overtime victory. After going into a 2-0 hole in the first half, the Women of Troy rebounded and dominated the second half of play. Freshman Carly Butcher drilled two goals to pull the Trojans even, and after the first overtime period passed without a score, freshman Ashley Freyer broke through in the 103rd minute of action with the game-winning goal. USC improves to 5-1-0 with the road win, while Georgia moves to 2-4-0 with its third straight loss to an opponent ranked in the top 10.
The Women of Troy were struck with two Georgia goals in less than a minute, as the Bulldogs got on the board first with a goal off a header in the 34th minute of play. A minute later, Georgia followed up a save off the crossbar by USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen with another goal, putting USC behind by two in the 35th minute of action. USC had out-shot Georgia 11-5 in the first half, but still trailed 2-0 at halftime. It was the largest deficit USC has faced this season, and gave the Trojans an opportunity to stage its first comeback of the year. The Women of Troy were up to the task.
In the second half, USC dominated possession and mounted several strong scoring opportunities against the Bulldog defense. In the 54th minute, freshman Carly Butcher cracked a shot off a pass from Stacey Strong, drilling the freshman's second goal of her USC career and cutting into Georgia's lead to make it 2-1. In the 65th minute, Butcher again blasted a big one. This one came off a pass from Amy Rodriguez, as Butcher took the ball and sailed her shot in off the crossbar, leveling the game at 2-2.
The first overtime period saw the Trojans get some chances for the win. USC earned three corner kicks in the frame and got three shot, but nothing would break through in that 10-minute span. In the second overtime, USC again put early pressure on the Bulldogs. A ball sent from Ashli Sandoval to Brittany Kerridge got to Ashley Freyer with space in front of the goal, and Freyer tallied another freshman score for the Trojans, slicing in the game-winner to stop the game at the 102:11 mark as a 3-2 USC win. With the assist on the winning goal, sophomore Sandoval now ranks No. 7 all-time at USC with 14 career assists, just a step below Rodriguez who now holds 15 at the No. 6 spot.
USC now turns to take a trip over to Clemson for a match at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday (Sept. 14).
#3 USC 3, Georgia 2
SAVES: Kristin Olsen (USC) 4, Michelle Betos (UGA) 10.
SHOTS: USC 23, Georgia 10
CORNER KICKS: USC 7, Georgia 0