Oct. 31, 1997
No. 19 USC Women's Soccer Falls to Arizona State, 3-2
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 19 USC women's soccer team saw its hopes for a first-ever NCAA Tournament berth harmed with a 3-2 loss to Arizona State on Friday at the Coliseum. Despite outshooting the Sun Devils, 21-12, the Women of Troy gave up three costly goals on defensive breakdowns.
USC falls to 13-3-1 overall and 4-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference. It was the first loss ever for USC at the Coliseum (10- 1-1). Arizona State improves to 11-5, 5-1.
"We made some defensive errors, some mental letdowns early on, and that led to our defeat," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "We made some mistakes and they punished us. We've played well defensively all season long and to have breakdowns at this point is disappointing. Give Arizona State credit because they played hard for 90 minutes. Their goalkeeper was outstanding."
Erin McGinnis gave ASU a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, but junior forward Courtney Barham tied it for USC in the 30th minute. It was the 25th goal of Barham's career, setting a new school all-time record. Junior midfielder Carol Hatcher had an assist.
Arizona State would take a 2-1 lead at halftime, though, as a giveaway by a USC defender allowed Sarah Blaska to score on Antoinette Marjanovic's assist in the 34th minute. The Sun Devils made it 3-1 in the 60th minute, as a long pass upfield from Marianne Simmons went to Blaska, who found a wide-open Jaclyn Clark on the left side for a goal.
USC sophomore midfielder Kim Clark, the West Region's second-leading point scorer, got her 11th goal of the season in the 79th minute when her free kick deflected off an ASU defender and into the net.
The Women of Troy then took a barrage of shots in the final minutes, but Sun Devil goalkeeper Erin Reinke (who made nine saves), made several stops, none more important than one in the 88th minute. Barham hit a one-timer from a few yards out, but Reinke dove to her right and pushed the ball just wide of the net.
The Women of Troy host Arizona on Sunday (Nov. 2) at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum.