Trojans Slip in Rainy Opening Loss to Red Foxes

LOS ANGELES USC (0-1) battled the elements and a last-minute change of venue in its first game of the 2014 season but came up short, 12-10, in a hard-fought contest with Marist (2-1) on Friday, Feb. 28. Due to inclement weather and field conditions, the Women of Troy moved their match from McAlister Field's natural grass to the synthetic turf of Cromwell Field located at the heart of the USC campus within Loker Track Stadium.

The Trojans got three points each from sophomores Caroline Cordrey and Amanda Johansen. Cordrey led the USC attack with three goals while Johansen had a pair of helpers to go with a goal of her own. A pair of freshmen put their names into the books as midfielder Alex Moore scored two goals, caused a turnover, and picked up a ground ball. Midfielder Danielle Doherty scored one and grabbed a draw control for the Trojans.

Sophomore midfielder Haleigh Dalmass picked up a pair of free-position goals while sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra finished with one goal and two ground balls. On defense, sophomore Courtney Tarleton had a team-high three draw controls and a ground ball to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore netminder Liz Shaeffer produced six saves and led all players with four ground balls. Shaeffer also caused a pair of turnovers.

For the Red Foxes, Jamie Romano made her presence felt as she led all players with four goals. Romano topped the charts with nine draw controls and added a caused turnover and a ground ball to her final stat line. Jackie DiMaria had three goals and a ground ball while goalie Abigail Witczak had two to go with eight saves; seven in the second half.

USC jumped in front early on with the first two goals of the game; one from Johansen, and the other on a Johansen pass to Cordrey. Though the Foxes charged back, the Trojans maintained a two-goal lead at 5-3 on a free-position goal by Moore with 6:15 left in the first half. Marist pressed the issue and came up with two goals to knot the score at five-all heading into the break.

The Red Foxes seized momentum and completed a 4-0 run at the 23:19 mark in the second half as DiMaria scored from a free position. Cordrey kept the Trojans within striking distance with her goal at 21:03 left in the game, but the Red Foxes went on another tear to score the next four goals including two within a minute of each other by Romano. Down, 11-6, the Trojans regrouped and scored three unanswered goals, one each by Moore, Doherty, and de Lyra to close the gap to two points at 11-9.

Marist had one more burst to go up by three with just over five minutes left in the game when Emily Leonard scored unassisted. The Red Foxes kept the ball away long enough to burn the clock down to its nubs before Dalmass found the back of the net on a free-position shot for the last goal of the day.

The Trojans are back in action as hosts of Boston College at 3:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 6, at McAlister Field. The game will be streamed live on the USCTrojans.com Pac-12 Network portal.

2014-03-01



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