Trojans Fall To Cal In Berkeley
Oct. 9, 2011
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team finished out a tough Pac-12 road trip through the Bay Area by falling 2-0 to California today in Berkeley. It was the Bears' first victory over the Trojans since 2005, snapping a four-match losing streak. The schools posted a scoreless tie during the 2006 season. USC goes to 3-11-0 overall and is 0-5 in Pac-12 play with the loss while Cal goes to 9-3-2 and 2-1-2 in conference play.
The Trojans were out-shot 17-10 by the Bears in the match. Both Cal's goals came as a result of corner kicks. After hanging tough in the first half, USC and Cal were even 0-0 at halftime. In the 48th minute, however, Cal was able to break through with a header from Rachel Mercik off a Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick corner kick. Just over 10 minutes later, the Bears earned another corner kick that saw the ball rebound out to Taylor Comeau for a blast from 25 yards out that made it 2-0 Cal.
USC's Claire Schloemer and Ashli Sandoval both forced saves out of Cal goalkeeper Emily Kruger in the match, but the Trojans were unable to get to the back of the net. USC goalkeeper Shelby Church had four saves in the game. The loss is USC's eighth straight of the year, putting the Trojans out of reach of a .500 record in the regular season with six more Pac-12 matches remaining.
USC's next conference battle takes the Trojans to Seattle for a 7 p.m. match at Washington on Friday (Oct. 14).
Oct. 9, 2011 -- Berkeley, Calif.
SAVES: Shelby Church (USC) 4, Emily Kruger (CAL) 2.
SHOTS: USC 10, Cal 17
CORNER KICKS: USC 7, Cal 5
FOULS: USC 9, Cal 5