No. 5 USC Squeezes Past Northridge, 2-1

Oct. 5, 2008

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-5-1) lost 2-1 Sunday to USC. Sophomore Katie Fox scored her second goal of the season and sophomore Leah Elliott recorded a career-high 10 saves in the game.

USC got on the board first, scoring in the 16th minute. The Trojans' Ashley Sandoval directed a cross from Stacey Strong past a diving Leah Elliott. A few minutes later, Elliott made a wonderful save off the foot of the Trojans' Amy Rodriguez.

Freshman Nancy Avesyan had the Matadors' best opportunity in the first half, drilling a shot that USC's Kristin Olson had to make a sprawling save to her right. Later in the half she forced Olson to punch a shot over the net.

The Trojans got another goal off a cross when Alyssa Davlia headed home a goal off a cross from Strong in the 47th minute.

The Matadors got a goal back in the 52nd minute off a corner kick. Senior Kristal Phillips swung in the ball and sophomore headed the ball into the back of the net for her second goal of the season. With the assist, her fourth of the season, Phillips moved into a tie for second in school history with 11 career assists.

In all, CSUN finished with 11 shots for the game compared to 27 for the Trojans. Northridge earned eight corner kicks in the game to USC's nine.

Northridge opens Big West Conference play next week, traveling to UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The Matadors tangle with the Gauchos on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. and face the Mustangs on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m.