Women's Soccer Overcome By Second Half Rush
USC scores all three goals in second half, as Lions fall 3-0
Sept. 30, 2001
Los Angeles, Calif. (September 30, 2001)-- The Loyola Marymount University women's soccer team fell 3-0 to Southern California in a non-conference match at Sullivan Field on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams battled to a draw in the first half before USC's Megan Abbamonto scored the first goal of the game at 55:20. The tally stood to be the difference as USC would tack on two more by Ali Fennell at the 60:07 mark and Shannon Cross at 79:06.
The turning point of the contest came just moments prior to the Trojan's first goal. At the 52:00 mark, Lions midfielder Myka Peck took a pass and made a fantastic play to get open in front of the Trojan's goal. USC's keeper, Shaelyn Fernandes, had come out to stop the pass and over committed. With the open net, Peck seemed to have a clear shot for the goal.
However, USC defender Kaitlyn Pruett came from no where and made a leaping save with her feet to deny Peck. Peck gathered the rebound and the ball glazed high off the cross bar. A goal would have given the Lions a 1-0 lead. Instead, the save by Pruett energized the Trojans, who took over the game from that point.
USC outshot the Lions 19 to 8 in the contest, including a 10 to 2 margin in the first half.
LMU travels to UCLA on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and then hosts Cal Poly on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.