Women's Soccer Collects First Shutout of the Year with With a 2-0 Victory Over Florida Atlantic|
Sept. 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES - USC women's soccer wasted no time getting on the board against the Florida Atlantic Owls, with goals in the first half from sophomore Jamie Fink and senior Jordan Marada as the Trojans collected their first shutout of the year, a 2-0 victory at McAlister Field on Thursday afternoon.
The Trojans (5-2-1) controlled the game from the start, striking eight first half shots to the Owls' (2-5-1) zero and earning seven corner kicks. In the first 10 minutes of play alone, the Trojans had four shots and three corner kicks.
With the scoring opportunities coming, the Trojans found the back of the net at the 15:42 mark in the first half, with Fink netting her third goal of the season. The sophomore delivered a one-touch strike off an excellent cross from Marada to put the Trojans up, 1-0.
After delivering the assist on the first goal, Marada found the back of the net herself in the 32nd minute, putting away a ball that was loose in front of the Owls' net for her second goal of the year.
With the 2-0 lead, the Trojans continued to go on the offensive, collecting two more corner kicks and a shot by junior Alex Quincey to close out the first half. Junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley and the USC defense held strong, not allowing the Owls a shot in the first half.
In the second half, the Trojans continued to have scoring opportunities, collecting six total shots from Marada (2), sophomore Megan Borman (2), freshman Kayla Mills (1) and senior Haley Boysen(1). However, the Owls picked things up on offense in the second half, tallying five shots and four corner kicks in the half to put some pressure on the Trojans. The USC defense and Stanley held strong, holding up the 2-0 lead and keeping the Trojans in control of the match.
Marada led the Trojans in shots (3) to go along with her goal and assist. Five additional Trojans also tallied two shots on the day. Stanley finished with one save as she collected her first shutout of the season and third of her career.
The Trojans are set to remain at home, welcoming Cal State Fullerton to McAlister Field for a 3 p.m. tilt on Sunday, September 22 in their final nonconference tune-up before beginning Pac-12 play next weekend.
USC 2, Florida Atlantic 0
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 1, Courtney Zwetsch (FAU) 7
SHOTS: USC 14, FAU 5
CORNER KICKS: USC 8, FAU 4
FOULS: USC 13, FAU 15