Oct. 20, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. (Oct. 20) - After scoring a goal late to send the match into overtime, the University of Arizona women's soccer team (5-7-1 overall, 0-3-0 Pac-10) was edged by 19th-ranked USC (8-4-3 overall, 3-1-0 Pac-10) in overtime, 2-1, at home on Sunday. With today's goal, the Wildcats have tied the school record for single season scoring, with 30 goals on the year.
USC got off the first three shots of the game during the first 12 minutes, but Arizona had its chances in the early goings as well. In the 16th minute, UA sophomore midfielder Candice Wilks (Altadena, Calif./LaSalle HS) sent a serve from the left to freshman forward Kelly Nelson (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair HS) in front of the net, but her header went wide left. Just a minute-and-a-half later, senior midfielder Naomi Chu (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake HS) sent a pass from the right side to Kelly Nelson in the center. Nelson's ensuing pass was deflected by a defender, but that, in turn, was picked up by Candice Wilks, whose following shot was wide right.
At 26:19, USC's Ashley Casas sent a pass from the left side to Jessica Edwards, who struck from the right side when Wildcat freshman goalkeeper Natalie Juarez (Claremont, Calif. HS) slipped. Two minutes later, Arizona had a chance to score the equalizer when it was awarded a penalty kick after Naomi Chu was fouled in the box. Freshman forward Erin Clewett (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) took the PK for Arizona, but it was stopped by USC goalkeeper Julie Peterson. Neither team scored again during the period, so the Women of Troy took their 1-0 lead into the break.
After being out-shot, 11-5, in the first half, Arizona clamped down on USC and out-shot the Women of Troy, 6-5, in the second half. In the 79th minute, freshman Mallory Miller (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS) sent a rocket from about 20 yards out, which Peterson stopped. With less than four minutes left in regulation, Kelly Nelson carried the ball through the USC defense and pushed it forward to fellow freshman Maggie MacCool (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS), who sent the game into overtime with her fifth goal of the season at 86:29. The assist was Nelson's first of the season.
With five seconds left in regulation, USC defender Megan Abbamonto received her second yellow card of the match and was ejected. That resulted in the Women of Troy entering overtime a player short. Initially, it appeared that Arizona might be able to take advantage of the situation, when freshman defender Jennifer Klein (Prescott, Ariz.) sent a corner kick into the box at 91:56, but Kelly Nelson's consequent header was wide left. Two minutes later, Trojan Ali Fennell took a long ball from Amanda Roach and tipped the game-winner past Natalie Juarez at 93:42.
"We gave it our heart and soul out there today, but we just lacked the maturity and experience to persevere," said head coach Cathy Klein. "USC is yet another NCAA-tournament-caliber team, and they are much better than a No. 19 ranking. They executed well under pressure, and we didn't. We are as good as anyone in the Pac-10, and if we can focus on our abilities, we can win. There's nothing negative about the weekend we just had. I think we just proved that we can compete with anyone in this conference."
Arizona hits the road again next weekend, heading up north to play at Oregon on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., then the Cats face Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. PST in Corvallis.
1 2 OT F USC 1 0 1 2 Arizona 0 1 0 1
Shots: Arizona - 12; USC - 17
Shots on Goal: Arizona - 5; USC - 10
Corner Kicks: Arizona - 7; USC - 3
Fouls: Arizona - 18; USC - 20
GK Saves: Arizona - 18 (Juarez 8); USC - 4 (Peterson 4)
Records: Arizona 5-7-1, 0-3-0; USC 8-4-3, 3-1-0