110 Minutes Later, USC Caught In Another OT Tie|
Oct. 5, 2012
CORVALLIS, ORE. -- The USC women's soccer team have logged an immense amount of extra minutes in this opening stretch of Pac-12 play. With today's 1-1 tie at Oregon State, the Trojans recorded their fourth straight overtime match -- a program record and a run that has USC holding a 1-1-2 conference record. USC freshman Jamie Fink scored her first career goal to help the Trojans ahead, but an own goal would level things and the winner would elude the feet of the Women of Troy. USC goes to 4-5-3 overall with the outcome, and host Oregon State moves to 9-3-1 overall with a 1-2-1 Pac-12 mark.
In the first, USC set the tone by outshooting its host 13-6 in the half, foring five saves out of OSU goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme by halftime. The Trojans also generated six corner kick opportunities in the first half, but were unable to knock one through to get on the board.
After the scoreless first half, the Beavers actually came out as the aggressors in the second, generating several dangerous chances as they pressured the USC back line. The Trojans were up to the challenge, though, with goalkeeper Caroline Stanley putting a stop to one such OSU opportunity in particular with a gutsy save. USC would gather up some momentum from there with some nice series and advances on goal from Samantha Johnson and Katie Johnson, although their charges came to naught on physical play by the OSU defense. In the 71st minute, however, Jamie Fink turned the tide by firing a solo shot from distance, tucking her blast to the top corner to carry the Trojans to a 1-0 lead. The goal marked Fink's first career goal as a Trojan and marked her as USC's 12th goal scorer this year.
With 17 minutes still to go in regulation, the Beavers would generate a run the opposite way, firing a ball central that USC freshman Marlee Carrillo got a foot on, but her attempt to clear went awry as she in stead ricocheted the ball into the USC net for an own goal that pulled the teams even at 1-1. That unfortunate snarl would stand through the close of regulation, bringing up USC's record fourth straight overtime game. In the first OT, both goalkeepers came up big with key stops as neither team could punch through a winner. In the second, USC was hungry to steal the lead, rifling hard shots from the feet of Fink, Samantha Johnson and Katie Johnson. Each blast wound up off the mark, however, and another late offsides call negated a strong attack from Autumn Altamirano to Samantha Johnson in the waning minutes. The Trojan defense then would be on call for one last last-second stop to secure the draw, as Stanley finished up the day with 10 total saves and USC outshot OSU 26-21 down the stretch.
Winless in its last three road games now, USC is on the hunt for its second Pac-12 victory on Sunday (Oct. 7) with a visit to Oregon to play a 1 p.m. game in Eugene next.
USC 1, Oregon State 1
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 10, Sammy Jo Prudhomme (OSU) 8.
SHOTS: USC 26, OSU 21
CORNER KICKS: USC 8, OSU 2
FOULS: USC 16, OSU 20