No. 19 Portland Pulls Away With 3-2 Win Over Host USC
Sept. 16, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- No. 19 Portland stole away another impressive comeback effort by the USC women's soccer team today, as the Pilots escaped McAlister Field with a 3-2 win over the host Women of Troy. After a ferocious comeback highlighted by back-to-back Katie Johnson goals to equalize at 2-2 after trailing 0-2, USC saw the Pilots generate a speedy strike back in the 69th minute to snag the lead for Portland. USC goes to 3-4-1 overall with the loss to No. 19 Portland, which improves to 5-1-1.
The Women of Troy showed no fear against the storied Portland program, which came to McAlister Field ranked No. 19 in the nation. Aside from the Pilots' push to create an open goal opportunity and a score in the 35th minute of play, the Trojans were out-shooting and outplaying the Pilots by and large. Katie Johnson and Haley Boysen, in particular, had a nose for goal on the Trojan attack. Boysen bent a dangerous ball on frame, but it just zipped wide in the 38th minute. Another Boysen blast looped just high, and the Trojans looked to be overmatching the Pilot back line. A Portland breakaway, however, turned the tide when Amanda Frisbie got deep to lure USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley out for the stop. Frisbie would send the ball on goal, and receive it back from Michelle Cruz to take the shot that hit off a USC defender on its way to the back of the net.
In the second half, USC had erased the Pilot advantage from memory and continued to generate potent attacks. A backheel from Samantha Johnson set up Jordan Marada for a searing strike that forced a leaping save over the crossbar by Portland keeper Erin Dees. That set up a Marada corner, and she found Erin Owen on the other end for a strong header that was driven just high. Elizabeth Eddy, too, had a go with a low roller wide. Boysen again tried a tricky touch back for a shot that looked to be knocked down by the hand of a Portland defender. But there would be no whistle, and instead the Pilots raced off the other direction. Frisbie carried this one along herself, going deep and slipping the solo shot through for a 2-0 Portland lead in the 59th minute.
Again, USC did not look worried. After all, two nights earlier the Trojans had erased a 2-0 deficit to San Diego to net a 3-2 comeback victory on a road winner from Samantha Johnson in the final minute. So it was no surprise when the Women of Troy manufactured a quick answer to the Pilots' padded lead. Autumn Altamirano set up the score in carrying the ball deep on the left side. She slipped a pass central to Samantha Johnson, who put it in the box for freshman Katie Johnson to punch through and cut the score to a 2-1 Pilot edge in the 61st minute. Seven minutes later, USC was again deep in Portland territory with Marlee Carrillo set up for a long bomb on the throw-in. Carrillo sailed the ball in for Erin Owen to get a head on. The flick fell within reach of Katie Johnson once again, and she would scoot the ball across the line for the equalizer in the 67th minute, notching a two-goal game for the freshman forward. Just under two minutes later, however, Portland went the other way, as Kendall Johnson centered a low ball into the box from the left side, finding Kaila Cameli on the other end for the finishing touch to take Portland back ahead 3-2 in the 69th minute. The Trojans would rally in search for another goal to pull even and force overtime, but it would not come for USC. The best chance of the remaining time came on a strong header from Carrillo off a Marada free kick, but the header zipped wide of the far post.
USC now sets up for its Pac-12 opener next week in a televised matchup with Washington. The Trojans will host the Huskies in a 2 p.m. match on Friday (Sept. 21) that will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Los Angeles.
#19 Portland 3, USC 2
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 3, Erin Dees (PORT) 5.
SHOTS: USC 22, PORT 10
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, PORT 3
FOULS: USC 13, PORT 10