Things Get Heated In Tempe: USC Falls 5-4 In OT At ASU
Sept. 28, 2012
TEMPE, ARIZ. -- It couldn't have been much hotter or wilder in Tempe today. On a steamy day of Pac-12 play, the USC women's soccer team fought back from a two-goal deficit to host Arizona State to bring up overtime, only to be stuck two players down with red cards. In OT, ASU was able to net the winner in the 101st minute to record a 5-4 win over the visiting Trojans. USC had a go-ahead goal rubbed from the books in the first half when referees failed to see a shot from Katie Johnsoncross the goal line -- a clear score on replay, but not caught by the eyes that mattered in this one. USC goes to 4-5-1 overall and 1-1-0 in Pac-12 play with the loss, and the Sun Devils move to 5-5-1, 2-1-0.
ASU's Cali Farquharson was the Sun Devils' hero today in tallying a hat trick during regulation and later helping to set up Tommi Goodman with the game-winner for ASU in the second overtime as she cleaned up a loose ball in the box after a nice save from USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. Farquharson had netted two goals for ASU in the first half, following up a golazo from USC's Haley Boysen in the 22nd minute with an equalizer five minutes later. Boysen set sail a booming strike from distance, finding the far side net for the Trojans to grab a 1-0 lead for USC. An apparent ASU foul went without a whistle later, as the Sun Devils continued an attack that Farquharson would finish to level it 1-1. In the 31st minute, Katie Johnsonlet rip a shot that drilled the underside of the crossbar and ricocheted downward. The Pac-12 Network broadcast clearly showed the ball bouncing past the goal line, but it was unseen by the officials and ASU goalkeeper Chandler Morris recovered the ball. Then, in the 44th minute, a missed clearance by the USC defense saw Farquharson pounce on another opportunity and find another scoring finish to take the Sun Devils ahead 2-1 for halftime.
In the 60th, Arizona State padded its lead on a long bomb from Courtney Tinnin, who tucked her strike into the top right corner of the goal to take a 3-1 lead for the Sun Devils. USC was undeterred, knowing that there was plenty of time left for its dangerous offense to do work. In the 70th, a boost would come. Jordan Marada sailed a free kick into the box, where a running Alex Quincey was able to get a body on the ball amongst a bevy of ASU defenders. The bouncing ball was muscled through, and USC was within one, down 3-2. USC's Samantha Johnson and Megan Borman both got dangerous looks on goal in the next stretch, but it would be Quincey who plugged in the equalizer. Marlee Carrillocatapulted a throw-in deep for Quincey, whose flick found ASU feet, but the ball was knocked back to Quincey for the scoring blast that pulled it to 3-3 in the 83rd on bigtime back-to-back goals from Quincey.
The Sun Devils regrouped, however, and manufactured a counterattack in the 86th minute -- again from the dangerous foot of Farquharson to go back on top 4-3. But the wild game was far from over. Minutes later, Carrillo was near midfield set for a free kick. The freshman drilled it deep for fellow freshman Katie Johnson, who slipped the pass to Autumn Altamirano. Altamirano buried it, and things were all even once more. After delivering the equalizer in the 89th minute, Altamirano got tangled up with a Sun Devil during an ASU surge. She would be dealt her second yellow card of the game for that encounter, and was forced to the sidelines in the final minute of regulation.
That would put USC a player down, and less that four minutes into overtime the Trojans wound up two down when Samantha Johnson was hit with a red. Minutes later, USC head coach Ali Khosroshahinwould be ejected from the game, and yet still the Women of Troy kept pushing. With nine on the field, USC was scrambling to fend off the Sun Devils, and with it still locked 4-4 after the first overtime, USC turned to the next OT frame. That's where the Sun Devils would finally find a crack. Stanley made the save against an early shot from Farquharson, but Tommi Goodman was there for the second effort. After the save got loose from Stanley, Goodman was there to punch the ball in and register the heated win for the hosts on a 5-4 final. Stanley finished the game with a career-high 12 for the Trojan defense.
USC now turns to another game in the desert on a trip to Tucson. The Trojans will face Arizona in a 1:30 p.m. PT match on Sunday (Sept. 30). This one, too, will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.
Arizona State 5, USC 4 (2OT)
SAVES: Caroline Stanley(USC) 12, Chandler Morris (ASU) 3.
SHOTS:USC 14, ASU 35
CORNER KICKS:USC 4, ASU 9
FOULS: USC 12, ASU 3