Women's Soccer
    Freshman Flood Helps Net 4-1 USC Win Over Oklahoma
    Autumn Altamirano had USC's first goal and assisted on the game-winner today.
    Autumn Altamirano had USC's first goal and assisted on the game-winner today.

    Sept. 17, 2010

    Box Score

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - A new batch of goal scorers forced their way onto the stat sheet today as the No. 25 USC women's soccer team tacked up a 4-1 win over visiting Oklahoma. In the Trojans' most productive offensive output of the season, two freshmen tallied their first goals as Trojans with senior Alyssa Dávila emerging with the game-winner to move up to No. 2 all-time at USC in game-winning goals. With the 4-1 win over the Sooners today at McAlister Field, USC improves to 5-1-2 overall, while Oklahoma goes to 3-3-1.

    Sparked by freshman Autumn Altamirano's first-half goal, USC got to the back of the net three times in the second half. Altamirano would serve up an assist on Davila's eventual winner, with her fellow freshmen Elizabeth Eddy and Haley Boysen also drilling goals to pad the Trojan lead. Eddy's goal also was the first of her career, and she followed suit with her first career assist with her help on Boysen's strike - her second of the year - in the 76th minute.


     

     

    Altamirano's opening goal made some noise in an otherwise quiet first half of play, as USC took a 1-0 lead on Altamirano's first career coal in the 40th minute of play. Carly Butcher set up the goal with a nicely chipped ball over the Oklahoma back line. As Sooner goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire came out to try for the stop, Altamirano beat her to it and lofted a header over Devonshire and in to notch a 1-0 lead for the Women of Troy. That edge would stand for the half, thanks in large part to an athletic save from savvy freshman goalkeeper Shelby Church, who ranged to her right for a one-handed save late in the half.

    Altamirano was not done causing trouble for the Sooner defense, however. After Samantha Johnson had a close-range shot squelched by Devonshire, Altamirano got a couple looks on goal. The first was stopped by an Oklahoma defender, and the second went wide. Not long after that, though, Altamirano sent in a centering pass for Dávila, who met it and drove it to the right post to give USC some padding with a 2-0 lead in the 58th minute.

    Fifteen minutes later, Megan Ohai pushed a pass up for Elizabeth Eddy, who busted loose on the attack. Eddy squared off against Devonshire and slipped the ball through for the finish and her first career goal, taking the Trojans ahead 3-0 in the 73rd. It wouldn't take long for Eddy to wreak more havoc up front. In the 76th, Eddy found another fellow freshman, Haley Boysen, for a score in the box that ballooned the Trojans to a 4-0 advantage. In the 84th minute, Oklahoma's scoring slump would snap. Dria Hampton, who had the most aggressive attack against the USC defense on the day, blasted a nice shot from the right side and tucked it in off the crossbar to steal away USC's shutout hopes.

    That would do it for the scoring in the match, with USC taking away a 4-1 victory. Senior Dávila was credited with the game-winning goal - her first of the year but her 12th career game-winner. That lifts the senior to No. 2 all-time in career game-winning goals, locking her even with Amy Rodriguez and Rosa Anna Tantillo. Isabelle Harvey stands as USC's all-time leader with 21 career game-winners.

    USC has the rest of the weekend off from competition, with a road trip set for next week when the Women of Troy travel through Washington to face Gonzaga on Friday (Sept. 24) and Eastern Washington on Sunday (Sept. 26).

    #25 USC 4, Oklahoma 1
    USC 1 - 3 = 4
    OKLA 0 - 1 = 1

    SCORING:
    39:22 - USC: Autumn Altamirano (Carly Butcher)
    57:21 - USC: Alyssa Dávila (Altamirano)
    72:40 - USC: Elizabeth Eddy (unassisted)
    75:12 - USC: Haley Boysen (Eddy)
    83:45 - OKLA: Dria Hampton

    SAVES: Shelby Church (USC) 4, Kelsey Devonshire (OKLA) 2, Lisa Jett (OKLA) 1, Team (OKLA) 1.

    SHOTS: USC 18, OKLA 13

    CORNER KICKS: USC 3, OKLA 6

    FOULS: USC 12, OKLA 8