Five Trojans Score In 5-0 Win At Arizona|
Nov. 7, 2010
TUCSON, ARIZ. - The No. 17 USC women's soccer team bounced back with authority with a big Sunday road win at Arizona. The Women of Troy struck early and kept the Wildcats silent the rest of the way while building up a 5-0 win on the efforts of five different Trojan scorers. With a road split this weekend to wrap up Pac-10 play, USC finishes the regular season with a 12-5-3 overall record and takes a third-place finish in conference play at 5-3-1. USC now awaits the postseason verdict in Monday's NCAA Selection Show, to air at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
Courtney Garcia and Alyssa Davila got to the back of the net within a minute and a half of each other during the first five minutes of play against the Wildcats today, taking USC ahead 2-0 and sparking a heavy-hitting half for the Trojans on the offensive end. USC needed a solid offensive performance after stalling out in Friday's match at ASU, and the Women of Troy were all business on both ends for today's Pac-10 finale at Arizona.
Garcia's goal would stand as the game-winner - the sophomore's first of the year - while Davila's goal lifted the senior to hold the seventh-most career goals in USC history with her 23rd goal. Also boosting her career stats on the day was redshirt junior Ashli Sandoval, who served up the assist on Garcia's game-winner with 2:26 ticks on the clock for Sandoval's 23rd career assist to move up to No. 10 in all-time points in the Trojan history books.
But the stat sheet would not be monopolized by those three Trojans today. Samantha Johnson was the next to get in on the scoring action with a solo strike in the 27th minute of play. Up 3-0, USC still didn't back off. With 37:07 on the clock, Ashley Freyer setup Autumn Altamirano for the freshman's fifth goal of the year. Five minutes later, Freyer got the job done herself, becoming USC's fifth scorer of the half as she blasted one in in the 43rd minute to bump the Trojans ahead 5-0 for halftime.
In the second half, USC didn't get back in the net offensively, but the Trojans didn't let the Wildcats get on the board, either. Behind a career-high seven saves from freshman goalkeeper Shelby Church, the USC defense stayed strong and closed out its seventh shutout of the season, securing USC's biggest margin of victory of the year in holding tight to the Trojans' 5-0 win.
USC entered the weekend ranked No. 17 in the nation and with an RPI of 17, putting the Trojans in a strong position for a postseason berth. Even with the weekend's road split - taking a 3-0 loss at ASU before today's 5-0 win at Arizona - an NCAA at-large bid for the Women of Troy is likely. The NCAA bracket will be revealed tomorrow (Nov. 8) in a selection show airing at 1:30 p.m. on ESPNU, and the bracket will also be posted at ncaa.com following the announcements.
Sunday, Nov. 7 - Tucson, Ariz.
SAVES: Shelby Church (USC) 7, Ashley Jett (ARIZ) 2.
SHOTS: USC 25, ARIZ 13
CORNER KICKS: USC 5, ARIZ 1
FOULS: USC 6, ARIZ 10