Titans Steal One From Trojans With Overtime Winner
Sept. 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team scored in the first minute of action today to take an early lead, but visiting Cal State Fullerton was able to come up with goals it needed as the Titans took down the Trojans 2-1 in overtime at McAlister Field. USC was the offensive aggressor and dominant in possession throughout. The Titans, however, proved opportunistic and shrugged off USC's 24-7 advantage on shots by finishing an equalizer in the first half and delivering the final blow with the golden goal in the 108th minute of play. USC goes to 5-3-1 overall with today's loss, while Cal State Fullerton improves to 4-3-2.
Just 30 seconds into the game, USC put Titan goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic to the test. She'd stop the first Trojan shot on goal, but Megan Borman was there to collect the rebound of the save, making a move and firing the ball home for her first goal of the year and USC's quickest strike of the season. Borman had the Trojans up 1-0 just 37 seconds into the game, and that advantage would hold for another 15 minutes before Cal State Fullerton figured out a way to strike back. In the 16th minute, Erica Mazeau fired a shot on USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. It was a hard one, and the ball would deflect off Stanley's save and get loose. Mazeau was there for the chance and drove in the equalizer to knot things up 1-1.
The game would get chippy as the first half progressed, with both teams issued yellow cards on the field. After 45 minutes of action, it was still locked up 1-1, although USC had out-shot the Titans 10-4 in the half. The second half was again largely controlled by the Women of Troy. USC rattled off 12 shots against Cal State Fullerton in the next 45, forcing five saves out of Maricic and drilling the post twice on shots from Katie Johnson and Haley Boysen. Despite the possession and pressure, USC would come up empty in the half. Mia Bruno denied the Titans a late chance with a saving header at the goal line, and USC steeled itself for the next stretch of overtime action.
Stanley made a brilliant diving save to fend off the Titans in the first overtime period, and Maricic answered with a stop on a USC shot in the second OT. Neither team seemed to be able to find a chink in the other's defensive armor until Cal State Fullerton got deep into Trojan territory in the waning minutes of the match. In the 108th minute, the Titans earned a corner kick, and Morgan Batcheller was able to find the winning finish for the visitors.
USC now turns to enter Pac-12 action next week with a road trip to Arizona. The Trojans will pay a visit to Arizona State for a 4 p.m. MT matchup against the Sun Devils on Sunday (Sept. 29) in Tempe.
Cal State Fullerton 2, USC 1 (2ot)
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 3, Team (USC) 1, Lindsey Maricic (CSF) 7.
SHOTS: USC 24, CSF 7
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, CSF 4
FOULS: USC 10, CSF 12