Tucson, Ariz. (Nov. 3) -- The University of Arizona women's soccer team fell to 25th-ranked Southern California, 3-1, at home on Friday. USC is the fifth ranked opponent Arizona has played in its last six matches.
After more than 25 minutes of scoreless play, USC's Ali Fennell broke the shutout at 26:47 off an Isabelle Harvey assist. The lead didn't last long, as Arizona freshman Sierra Cristiano answered for the Cats just one minute later, with her breakaway that was set up by senior defender Ann Giallonardo.
With under five minutes remaining in the first half, a flagrant UA foul in the box paved the way for Isabelle Harvey to send USC up, 2-1, by connecting on a penalty kick. At 57:20 in the second half, USC freshman Jessica Edwards ran through the UA defense to cap the win for the Women of Troy.
USC outshot Arizona, 18-8, for the match, including a 9-4 edge in shots on-goal. Wildcats Kristi Loroa and Sierra Cristiano each had a team-high two shots. Arizona goalkeepers Shannon Monti and Inger Airheart shared time in the nets, with Monti collecting two saves while giving up two goals and Airheart registering four saves and allowing one goal.
On a nine-game winless streak, Arizona now stands at 3-14-2 overall and 0-7-1 in Pac-10 play. USC improves to 12-5-2 overall and 4-3-1 in conference action.
Arizona wraps up the 2000 season at home against No. 5 UCLA on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. in Murphey Stadium.