Sept. 2, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A pair of first half goals lifted 14th-ranked USC to a 2-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in non-conference women's soccer action Sunday at Harder Stadium. The Trojans dominated offensively, out-shooting the Gauchos 16-3.
UCSB fell to 1-1-0 with the loss, while USC upped its season mark to 2-0-0.
Both USC goals were the result of corner kicks, the first coming at the 35:35 mark of the match. Ashli Sandoval sent a corner to the front of the UCSB goalie box where the ball was collected by Kasey Johnson. Johnson dumped a quick pass to her left and connected with Megan Ohai, who buried a shot past UCSB keeper Katie Wright.
Just under five minutes later, Sandoval figured in the Trojans' second score as well. She booted a corner kick that sailed to the far post, where it was picked up by Janessa Currier. Currier one-timed a pass to Meagan Holmes at the top of the goalie box and, with Wright out of position, Holmes easily put the ball in the net, giving USC a 2-0 lead at 40:14.
Two of UCSB's three shots were on net, but Trojan keeper Kristin Olsen turned them both aside to preserve the shutout. Wright made five saves for the Gauchos, three of those coming in the second frame.
USC out-shot Santa Barbara 9-2 in the first half and 7-1 in the second. Lauren Brown finished with three shots, while Currier, Ohai, and Sandoval each posted two. For the Gauchos, Linda Allen, Kandice Mclaughlin, and Sami Svrcek each recorded a shot.
UCSB will head East for its next two matches. The Gauchos play at Wisconsin on Sept. 7 and at Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sept. 9. They return home to host Denver University on Sept. 14.