USC Drops Tight Overtime Contest to Colorado, 1-0|
Oct. 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES – For the seventh time this season the USC women’s soccer team played an overtime match, however the team was unable to put away a game winner, falling 1-0 to visiting Colorado in the second overtime period on Sunday afternoon at McAllister Field. In their first visit to USC all-time, the Buffaloes found the back of the net in the 105th minute to take the victory.
The game marks the sixth conference overtime match the Women of Troy have played this season, putting the team’s record at 5-8-3 overall and 2-4-2 in Pac-12 play. The win boosts Colorado to 7-7-3 and 1-6-1 in conference.
The Trojans and Buffaloes played a relatively evenly matched first half. USC was strong out of the gates, collecting the first shot of the game at the 14:34 mark. The Buffaloes picked things up towards halftime, forcing USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley to make a stellar save, one of her six of the game. After the first half, both teams tallied three shots, while the Buffaloes had four corners to USC's one.
In the second half, the Trojans created opportunities early, pushing for six shots within the first 15 minutes. Junior Elizabeth Eddy got the team going in the 46th minute of the half, forcing Colorado goalkeeper Annie Brunner to make a save. Eddy led the team with four shots in the match. Freshman forward Megan Borman was second with three shots, all of those coming in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The Trojans outshot the Buffaloes 9-7 in the half, but they were unable to find the back of the net and headed into the familiar territory over overtime.
In a back-and-forth first overtime period, neither team was able to generate a strong scoring opportunity, so the Trojans headed to double overtime for the fifth time this season. In the second 10-minute period, the USC had a corner kick opportunity at the 101:40 mark, but were not able to connect. The Buffaloes, however, struck in the 105th minute, as Anne Stuller received the ball off a throw in, was able to get off a cross that hit the feet of Amy Barczuk who turned and launched a strike that found the back of the left corner of the net to give Colorado the 1-0 victory.
The Trojans remain at home this week, hosting Stanford on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. PT in the Los Angeles Coliseum and California on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. PT at McAlister Field.
Colorado 1, USC 0 (2OT)
SAVES: Caroline Staley (USC) 6, Annie Brunner (COL) 5
SHOTS: USC 12, COL 11
CORNER KICKS: USC 2, COL 9
FOULS: USC 13, COL 15