Trojans Convert Last-Minute PK To Beat Beavers 2-1 in OT|
Nov. 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC women's soccer team has played in a lot of crazy games. And too many of those crazy games have not ended in the Trojans' favor. This time, it was finally USC's day. But it certainly didn't start out that way.
Forty-one seconds into USC's Senior Day matchup against Oregon State, the Beavers got on the board. One hundred and nine minutes later, however, the Women of Troy were the ones celebrating. USC had slammed 43 shots against the OSU defense, but the only way the Trojans were able to crack Beaver goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was from the penalty stripe. USC earned a visit to the mark in the 10th minute of play, equalizing on a penalty shot converted by senior Elizabeth Eddy, who moved up to No. 9 all-time at USC in career goals with that score.
The Trojans would continue to pelt the Beavers with shots, but Prudhomme turned them away with a career-high 15 saves. In the final minute of the second overtime frame, an OSU handball was called in the box, sending the Trojans back to the penalty stripe for a shot at the winner. Sophomore Jamie Fink drove it home, giving USC a 2-1 victory in a wild one at McAlister Field. USC improves to 8-9-2 overall and 3-6-1 in Pac-12 play with the victory, while Oregon State goes to 5-12-2, 3-6-1.
Fink's heroics wrapped up a second straight overtime win for the Trojans this week in their final games at home this season. Freshman Kayla Mills had slotted the OT winner on Friday against Oregon, but this Sunday's game was for the seniors. It was the last match at McAlister Field for USC's outstanding group of seniors: Autumn Altamirano, Haley Boysen, Mia Bruno, Elizabeth Eddy, Allie Harrison and Jordan Marada. The Trojans would tap into that senior experience and strength when faced with another gut check after Oregon State's first-minute score.
The Beavers went downfield and got off a great cross into the box for a speedy Jenna Richardson, who was there for the booming header to take OSU up to an early 1-0 lead just 41 seconds into action. Once again, the Trojans were facing a comeback opportunity, and they kicked quickly into gear. But Prudhomme proved a stubborn and savvy force in the net. She'd turn away back-to-back USC strikes, diving one way to stop Altamirano's laser and then changing direction to stymie Katie Johnson with a point-blank chance on the rebound. That effort was just the tip of the iceberg that Prudhomme was building in the box. Johnson, for example, would rocket six shots in the game, all on goal and all six saved impressively by Prudhomme. The only chink in her armor that the Trojans could find would come first in the 10th minute. Altamirano was wiped out in the box on an attack, and the referee whistled for the penalty. Elizabeth Eddy answered the call and slotted the equalizer for the Trojans.
In the second half, USC's tidal wave of pressure kept coming as the Trojans heaved 19 more shots and forced seven more saves out of Prudhomme. Tanya Samarzich, Eddy, Altamirano and Johnson all tried their luck with strong shots on goal. Prudhomme was there for each one. The only shots out of Prudhomme's reach -- one by Johnson and one by Fink -- found the post and crossbar instead. So things were still even up at 1-1 after a scoreless second half put the teams into overtime. The Beavers had the first opportunity to win it, but USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley hauled in the save. USC would take it the other way and muster up five shots, missing the mark or met again by a stubborn Prudhomme. And so began the second overtime frame.
Marlee Carrillo was put to work with a string of throw-ins, zig-zagging the pitch to help give her team offensive chances with her booming throws. No dice. The Trojan defense was tested with a couple Beaver breakaways, but Mandy Freeman was there to shut things down. Johnson, again, was denied by Prudhomme as time ticked down and a stalemate looked imminent. In the final minute, however, USC drove in one last shot attempt, which glanced off a Beaver player. The referee's whistle blew for a handball, with the linesman in agreement. This time sophomore Jamie Fink stepped up to the penalty mark, and with 14 seconds left on the clock, she calmly iced the win for the Women of Troy.
USC now looks to finish off its regular season in the same fashion it finished 2012 -- with a clash against crosstown rival UCLA. The Trojan took down the then-No. 2 Bruins in overtime last year. This year, USC will pay a visit to UCLA for a 5 p.m. face-off in Westwood on Thursday (Nov. 7).
USC 2, Oregon State 1 (OT2)
SAVES: Caroline Stanley (USC) 2, Sammy Jo Prudhomme (OSU) 15.
SHOTS: USC 43, OSU 12
CORNER KICKS: USC 12, OSU 3
FOULS: USC 16, OSU 14