No. 23 USC Upended In OT By Pepperdine
Sept. 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 23 USC women's soccer team saw 93 minutes of strong play soured by an overtime game-winner from visiting Pepperdine. The Trojans had out-shot the Waves down the stretch, but both teams had come up with great chances throughout the match. In the end, it was Pepperdine's Lynn Williams who beat out oncoming goalkeeper Caroline Stanley by slipping through a strike that ended it as a 1-0 Pepperdine win. With its second straight loss, USC goes to 3-2-1 overall while the Waves improve to 3-2-1.
Pepperdine came out of the gates with a couple early strikes before USC settled in an maintained solid possession for much of the first half. The Trojans force six saves out of Pepperdine goalkeeper Hannah Seabert in the first half, while the Waves tested USC's Stanley for five saves through the first 45 minutes of action. Still, the teams stayed scoreless for a 0-0 halftime stalemate.
USC was creating some dangerous crosses, but was coming up empty on finishing touches. The Trojans out-shot the Waves 12-4 in the second half, while the teams traded blasts off the crossbar at each end. Kayla Mills came closest for the Trojans with a rocket that rattled the cage in the 83rd minute. Stanley, meanwhile, performed some impressive acrobatics to continue to deny the Waves, although Seabert, too, was putting forth a stubborn effort at the other end. She'd finish with 11 saves in the game, and Stanley hauled in seven.
When the horn sounded after 90 minutes of play, teams regrouped and readied for the next stretch of golden goal play. USC manufactured the first push, with shots coming from Alex Quincey, Jamie Fink and Megan Borman. The last word, however, came from the Waves. Pepperdine countered off a Trojan shot, with Lynn Williams on the prowl with the ball up the left side of the field. The USC defense was there with her, and Stanley made a bold move well off her line to challenge Williams. The contest was won in the end by Williams, though, who thwarted Stanley's charge and put her shot through and in from about 30 yards out to steal the win for the Waves.
USC was playing the match without senior midfielder Jordan Marada and head coach Ali Khosroshahin, who had been issued red cards in USC's previous match -- a 1-0 loss to LSU in Minnesota -- and therefore were subject to this one-game suspension.
The Women of Troy now look to get back in winning mode on Sunday (Sept. 15) when LMU comes to McAlister Field for a 1 p.m. game.
Pepperdine 1, #23 USC 0 (OT)
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 7, Hannah Seabert (PEP) 11.
SHOTS: USC 26, PEP 12
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, PEP 6
FOULS: USC 7, PEP 6