Trojans Edged Out In Overtime In Oregon
Oct. 7, 2012
EUGENE, ORE. -- The USC women's soccer team stretched its run of overtime games to five in a row today, taking host Oregon into extra time to decide their Pac-12 clash of 2012. But in the 96th minute of play in Eugene, Ore., it was the Ducks that found a lucky chance to pocket the win for a 1-0 decision. That leaves USC winless in its past four games, as the Trojans now sit at 4-6-3 overall and 1-2-2 in Pac-12 play after playing overtime games in every match of conference play this year. Oregon goes to 6-6-2, 1-3-1 with its first conference win.
Oregon came out of the gates with pressure on the Trojan back line, generating nine shots in the first half to four by the Trojans. The USC defense was well up to the challenge, however, turning away the Ducks with a combined effort of stops and clears by the back line and a total of nine saves by USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. With that strength in the back, USC was able to generate some strong attacks the other way, as the Trojan offense out-shot the Ducks 9-7 in the second half, including some dangerous chances later in regulation. Still, USC was unable to break through, and in the first overtime period it was all Oregon. The Ducks' 20th shot of the game hit the USC crossbar, and Kristen Parr was there for the lucky rebound to punch in the game-winner for Oregon in the 96th minute of play. Oregon would wrap up the game out-shooting USC 21-13 in all, while the Trojans were unable to earn any corner kicks in the match.
USC remains on the road next week for its fifth straight road match as the Trojans head to Washington State for a 1 p.m. game on Friday (Oct. 12) in Pullman, Wash.
Oregon 1, USC 0 (1OT)
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 9, Abby Steele (ORE) 3.
SHOTS: USC 13, ORE 21
CORNER KICKS: USC 0, ORE 6
FOULS: USC 18, ORE 10