Trojans Take Another Tight Loss
Oct. 2, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team's frustrating stretch of tight losses has extended to six games after the Trojans outplayed Oregon but still came up on the losing end of a Pac-12 clash at McAlister Field. Ahead of the Ducks on the shot count and moving the ball well, the Women of Troy were broken by a first-half penalty kick and a 63rd minute Oregon goal that answered a USC second-half score. That left USC with a 2-1 loss on home turf, putting the Trojans at a 3-9-0 overall record and 0-3 start to Pac-12 play. Oregon goes to 6-5-1, 1-2 with the win.
USC's senior core of midfielders, Carly Butcher, Brittany Kerridge and Ashli Sandoval, helped generate plenty of offensive pressure by the Trojan front lines throughout the game. Although the Women of Troy were dominating possession, the Ducks would catch a break during the first half when Bri Pugh got loose and was fouled inside the box to set up an Oregon penalty kick. Scout Libke converted the opportunity, taking the Ducks ahead 1-0 in the 33rd minute of play. Hard work up front from Jessica Musmanno, Ashley Freyer, Haley Boysen and Geena Graumann helped USC create more chances in the waning minutes of the first half, but the equalizer wouldn't come in the first 45.
Early in the second Elizabeth Eddy got loose on the attack for a chance. Contact from a defender on the charge caused Eddy to stumble, but no whistle would come on that early opportunity. Instead, USC would find a boost in the 57th minutes when Kerridge set up for a corner kick on the right side. She sailed a perfect ball into the box for a looming Kristina Noriega, who headed the ball home and leveled the game at 1-1 for the Trojans. Six minutes later, however, the Ducks managed an answered push. Shanelle Simien would find Pugh on the left side of the goal for a strike that she finished, bringing Oregon back on top with a 2-1 edge. The Women of Troy continued to press, getting hard shots on goal from Boysen, Eddy and Kerridge, but none would get through, and USC was left with another frustrating loss on home turf. USC is 0-7 at McAlister Field this season, and all but one of its nine losses on the year have been by a single goal. USC has out-shot its opponent in all but two of those losses.
The Trojans push on through Pac-12 play next weekend with a trip to the Bay Area. USC will face Stanford in a 7 p.m. match on Friday (Oct. 7) before playing Cal at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 9).
Oct. 2, 2011 -- McAlister Field
SAVES: Shelby Church (USC) 2, Abby Steele (ORE) 2.
SHOTS: USC 14, ORE 9
CORNER KICKS: USC 8, ORE 2
FOULS: USC 11, ORE 9