Oct. 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES--The Arizona soccer team ended their south LA road trip with a 2-0 loss to USC Sunday afternoon.
The closest Arizona (3-8-1, 0-2) got to scoring was a header by freshman Ariel Boulicault off a corner kick by senior Samantha Drees that was saved by USC GK Kristin Olsen. Drees and sophomore Renae Cuellar led the Cats with two shots each on the afternoon.
The Wildcats were outshot by the Trojans 13-10, bit red shirt senior Devon Wharf managed to grab two saves in the second half to keep USC (10-3, 2-0) from any more points.
Arizona was also without one of its starters, sophomore Amy Steiner, who did not travel with the team due to illness.
Back on the field for the Cats, after a one game suspension was red shirt junior Macke Mutz, who played 81 minutes, and had one shot for the afternoon.
"We learned some pretty hard lessons today." Said head coach Dan Tobias, "USC managed to capitalize on tiny little mistakes, which led to their two goals. I'm proud of the girls and that they kept fighting, especially in the last twenty minutes of the game. We took better care of the ball, and had a few really good looks."
"We have to learn that any lapse or lull we have will be turned into goals by our opponents, especially in this conference." Tobias continued, "We'll get back to training Tuesday, and I believe that we will get the results we want in the coming matches."
Up next, the Wildcats will continue with conference play against Washington on Friday, October 16 at 7 pm, and Sunday, October 18, at 1 pm, the Cats will take on Washington State at Murphey Field at Mulcahy Stadium.