USC's Road Run Ends In Defeat At Washington State
Oct. 12, 2012
PULLMAN, WASH. - The USC women's soccer team's five-game stretch of Pac-12 road games came to a close today with a rough 4-0 loss to host Washington State. The regulation loss stopped a run of five consecutive overtime games for the Trojans, and puts USC at 4-7-3 overall and 1-3-2 in Pac-12 play as the Women of Troy finally return home to McAlister Field. WSU goes to 9-4-1, 3-2-1 with the win.
The Trojans found themselves in a two-goal hole by halftime when Washington State managed goals off of set plays. USC generated some offensive action on the other end, but came up empty while the Cougars worked out ahead. The first was a seventh-minute slice off a left-side free kick that found its way through the box and into the far side for a 1-0 lead. The Cougars would remain largely on the offensive and earned a pile of corner kicks. The Trojan defense would turn away four of them before USC got one at the opposite end. Haley Boysen got a hard foot on a shot, but it sailed high, and a few minutes later the Cougars again were on the attack. In the 42nd minute, WSU lined up for their sixth corner kick opportunity of the half, and Rachael Doyle was on the end of it for a strong header through to lift the Cougars ahead 2-0 for the break.
USC came out of the second-half gates with attack on the mind, as Samantha Johnson put a pair of hard shots on frame. As rain began to fall and the Cougars worked to drain as much time from the clock as possible, the Trojans' comeback hopes took another tough blow when WSU plugged in another goal in the 82nd minute. Brandi Vega slipped in a shot off a centering pass in the box, and USC was behind 3-0 on the road with time ticking away. Kristina Noriega drilled a hard header off the crossbar and put another strong shot just wide down the stretch. The Cougars would keep coming, however, and plugged in one final goal in the final minute to wrap the game as a 4-0 WSU victory over the visiting Trojans.
USC's Pac-12 road stretch is now officially over as the Trojans now head home for a run of five conference games. First up is a visit by Utah on Friday (Oct. 19) in another Pac-12 Networks televised clash at 3:30 p.m. on McAlister Field. USC will then host Colorado in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday (Oct. 21).
Washington State 4, USC 0
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 3, Arian Byrd (WSU) 4.
SHOTS: USC 12, WSU 11
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, WSU 10
FOULS: USC 12, WSU 24