Women Of Troy Silence No. 5 Stanford In Palo Alto|
Oct. 13, 2013
PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team stunned No. 5 Stanford with a 1-0 shutout of the Cardinal thanks to the winning header from Alex Quincey tonight in Palo Alto. Quincey came up big for the Trojans this weekend in a tough trip through the Bay Area, scoring the equalizer on Friday in a 1-1 draw with No. 8 California before slamming home the winner against the No. 5 Cardinal tonight. The well-rounded victory marks USC's first win over Stanford since 2005 and snaps a skid of five winless games by the Trojans, who now improve to 6-6-2 overall and 1-3-1 in Pac-12 play. Stanford takes its third straight loss with the defeat, going to 9-3-1, 2-3-0.
The Trojans were all business in this one, controlling much of the possession game while the Cardinal seemed to opt for some longer balls into the area in an effort to create chances. True, Stanford would out-shoot the Trojans down the stretch and did have some dangerous opportunities, but the USC defense was up to any and all challenges tonight. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley secured eight saves -- many of them impressive feats to stymie the Cardinal. The Trojan back line of Autumn Altamirano, Marlee Carrillo, Mandy Freeman and Whitney Pitalo were all saving graces for the Women of Troy. Each one came up huge with stops on some pesky Stanford strikers to help preserve USC's second shutout victory of the season.
But the hero of the day -- and of the trip as a whole -- was decidedly Alex Quincey, who solved USC's troubles with finishing by scoring twice on the venture to the Bay Area. Tonight, Quincey not only commanded the midfield along with Jordan Marada and Jamie Fink, she hammered home a long-awaited header off a corner kick sent in by Kayla Mills. In the 59th minute, USC got deep in Cardinal territory and earned the corner. Mills went out to the right corner to take it, and sailed the ball into the box. Quincey was there, soaring to meet the ball with a booming header that knocked the ball off the crossbar and in to take the Trojans to a 1-0 lead on the nation's No. 5 squad.
Stanford dug in and worked to create some chances for an equalizer in the remaining time, but the stubborn USC defense and cast of determined Trojan teammates were up to the task of making that Quincey goal stand up as the winner.
USC now returns home to McAlister Field for a Pac-12 tilt against Arizona at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 18).
USC 1, #5 Stanford 0
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 8, Sarah Cox (STAN) 2.
SHOTS: USC 8, Stanford 15
CORNER KICKS: USC 5, Stanford 6
FOULS: USC 17, Stanford 9