Nov. 2, 1997
No. 19 USC Women's Soccer Defeats Arizona, 6-3
LOS ANGELES - The No. 19 USC women's soccer team put together one of its biggest offensive games of the year and blasted Arizona, 6-3, on Sunday at the Coliseum. Junior forward Courtney Barham led the way with two goals and an assist.
USC, in search of its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, improves to 14-3-1 overall and 5-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference after snapping a two-game losing streak. Arizona falls to 8-9-1, 2-5.
"I'm really happy with our offensive output," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "I'm not as happy with our defense today, but this was a win that we needed. We're on the bubble for the tournament, so we have to win our last two games of the season and see what happens."
It was the most goals that USC has ever scored against another Pac-10 team, and the second time this year USC has scored six goals. Also, it was the first time this season that Arizona had allowed more than two goals in a game.
The Women of Troy took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when junior midfielder Erica de Vitis hit a one-timer on the right- hand side off assists from junior midfielder Carol Hatcher and sophomore midfielder Kim Clark. But the Wildcats responded with two quick goals to grab a 2-1 lead. After a giveaway, Arizona's Megan Canaday beat the goalkeeper in the 13th minute, and then Krista Bogdan connected a shot from 30 yards out in the 18th minute.
The Wildcats' lead didn't last long, however, as Clark was pulled down in the penalty box and awarded a penalty kick just one minute later. She scored her team-leading 12th goal of the year.
USC took a 4-2 lead at halftime after Barham scored twice. In the 24th minute, she slid one past the goalkeeper on the right side following assists from de Vitis and junior defender Meghan Reppe. In the 43rd minute, she hammered a shot into the back of the net off an assist from freshman midfielder Ami Aylor.
Elena Galvan of Arizona cut USC's lead to 4-3 in the 57th minute after scoring on a breakaway, but the Women of Troy completed the scoring with goals by Hatcher in the 71st minute, off an assist from Barham, and senior midfielder Christi Ayala in the 79th minute.
USC next faces Washington State on Friday (Nov. 7). The site has been changed to El Camino College and will start at 2 p.m. USC closes out the regular season next Sunday (Nov. 9) against Washington at the Coliseum at 1 p.m.