Trojans Take Another Tight Loss, Falling 1-0 To Washington|
Oct. 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team put forth one of its most ferocious second halves of the year but still came up empty on the scoring front in a 1-0 loss to Washington today at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy cranked up the pressure and fired off seven shots on the Huskies in the last 45 of action, only to see Washington's 45th-minute goal hold up down the stretch. USC goes to 5-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Washington improves to 5-5-1, 1-0-1.
The Trojans took some time to settle in back on home turf as the Huskies proved the early aggressors. Washington goalkeeper Megan Kufeld soaked up a couple dangerous USC chances with Savannah Levin up on the attack, while the Huskies managed to generate some good looks on the other end, but the USC defense and Caroline Stanley were there to keep things quiet. It wasn't until the final minute of the first half that the silence was broken. As time waned and the halftime break loomed, Washington was able to mount a sneaky strike. Christina Archer sent a ball up to Allie Beahan on the left wing. She was well outside the box, but opted to launch a strike on goal, sailing her shot on frame and tucking it into the far upper corner to bump Washington to a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds before the halftime horn.
The Trojans looked undeterred in the second half, though, increasing their intensity and generating a series of attacks on the Husky goal. Jordan Marada, Elizabeth Eddy and Alex Quincey all fired off dangerous shots as USC out-shot Washington 7-2 in the second half. Somehow, none of those looks would make their way through, however. As the clock wound down, USC was on the prowl deep in Washington territory and hungry for another chance. The referee would initially miss the linesman's offsides flag as the Trojans scrambled to search for an equalizer, finally acknowledging the foul and turning the ball back to the Huskies in the final minute to dash USC's hopes of forcing overtime.
USC has now come up empty on the scoring front in its past two games, having now taken three straight one-goal losses. USC has fallen into 286 minutes of scoring silence since a first-minute goal scored by Megan Borman in a 2-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 22.
USC stays in hot pursuit of a Pac-12 victory when Washington State comes to town for a Sunday (Oct. 6) matchup at McAlister Field at 3 p.m. That game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks, and will also air live on the radio by KXSC (1560 AM).
Washington 1, USC 0
SHOTS: USC 11, WASH 9
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 4, Megan Kufeld (WASH) 2.
CORNER KICKS: USC 5, WASH 4
FOULS: USC 8, WASH 7