Women of Troy Grab Dramatic OT Win
Oct. 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team shoved aside Arizona State's comeback hopes and locked in on the Trojans' first home win of the year with a 2-1 victory in overtime today at McAlister Field. The Sun Devils put a dramatic twist on things with a late equalizer, but USC held strong to its plan and got a OT winner from senior Claire Schloemer to net a long-awaited home victory for the Women of Troy. USC improves to 5-11-0 overall with its first back-to-back wins since early September, and goes to 2-5-0 in Pac-12 play. ASU is now 6-9-0, 2-5-0.
The game played out as a stalemate until the waning stretch of the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Carley Pennington came up big with several stops and bold punches to clear out ASU attacks throughout the match, and the USC offense fed off the strong defense to create several good chances late in regulation. Elizabeth Eddy had a great look with a strong shot on goal, but ASU keeper Alyssa Gillmore made a nice diving save on the shot. The offensive push generated a pair of corner kicks for the Trojans as the teams passed the 80-minute mark, and in the 83rd, Brittany Kerridge launched up a corner that lofted into the box for fellow senior Ashli Sandoval to make the leap for and slam the ball home for a 1-0 USC lead.
The match looked to be in USC's hands as the final minute of regulation began to tick off the board. But the Sun Devils were awarded a free kick, which Holland Crook lined up for about 40 yards out. She put the ball in the box, where USC's defensive clearance attempt popped up high in the air and came down within reach of Devin Marshall, who was there for the header to equalize the match with just 38 seconds left in regulation.
The Trojans were not deflated by the twist of fortune, however. Lessons learned from two overtime losses taken during an eight-game losing slump rendered the Women of Troy determined to tack up a long-awaited OT win and the first home victory of the season. ASU made it interesting in overtime, but USC was able to create its winning chance. Elizabeth Eddy pushed the ball over to Ashli Sandoval as the 95th minute approached, and Sandoval slipped a pass to Claire Schloemer, who had a look and jumped on the opportunity with a powerful drive from about 18 yards out, rattling the back of the net and registering the senior's second career goal and first game-winner in giving USC the 2-1 overtime win at McAlister Field.
Several Trojans moved up in the history book with today's winning effort. Brittany Kerridge notched her 13th career assist to move up to rank No. 8 all-time at USC. Ashli Sandoval now has her 24th career assist to solidify her No. 4 position in the books. Her goal pulls her up to 15 career goals to give her the 10th-most in USC history, and she remains at No. 10 all-time in career points with 54 -- one away from moving to No. 9.
USC is now set to play in its final home game of the year on Sunday (Oct. 23) with a match against Arizona at 1 p.m. The game will be preceded by a Senior Day ceremony to honor the Trojans' five graduating seniors: Carly Butcher, Ashley Freyer, Brittany Kerridge, Ashli Sandoval and Claire Schloemer.
Oct. 21, 2011 -- McAlister Field
SAVES: Carley Pennington (USC) 3, Alyssa Gillmore (ASU) 4.
SHOTS: USC 12, ASU 13
CORNER KICKS: USC 4, ASU 4
FOULS: USC 13, ASU 6