USC Scores Victory Over San Diego State

LOS ANGELES USC (4-4, 2-0 MPSF) put together a complete game and dominated in the offensive zone to produce a 13-9 win over conference rival San Diego State (6-3, 3-1) on Wednesday, March 26, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy snapped a two-game skid and stayed undefeated in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contests as they handed the Aztecs their first loss in league games.

The Trojans out-shot SDSU, 29-14, in the game and poured on the pressure early to out-shoot the Aztecs, 16-4, in the first half. USC was also quicker to the ball as it picked up 24 ground balls to San Diego State's 15. The Trojans caused 13 of SDSU's 19 turnovers and posted 13 draw controls led sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen who had five.

Johansen led the team with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. She was just one of eight USC players to grab at least two ground balls in the game. Freshman midfielder Kate Pederson caused three turnovers and picked up two draw controls for the Trojans.

On offense, sophomore Caroline de Lyra did it all with a game-high four goals and two assists for six points. De Lyra also had two ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover. Freshman midfielder Michaela Michael scored twice and also had an assist to finish with three points, three ground balls, and four draw controls. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland scored two and dished out an assist to go with a caused turnover and ground ball, and freshman midfielder Alex Moore had two goals, an assist, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Trojan senior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy had USC's first goal of the day (just the second of her career) and grabbed three ground balls to go with a caused turnover. Freshman attacker Gabby McMahon and sophomore attacker Haleigh Dalmass each also scored goals. Sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Couture caused two turnovers and had two ground balls. In the net, sophomore Liz Shaeffer had two saves to notch her fourth win of the year.

For the Aztecs, Michaela Jarvis scored four goals and had an assist while Christina Ricciardulli scored two and had two draw controls. In goal, Katrina Reeves faced 26 shots and posted 13 saves on the day while leading SDSU with six ground balls.

It took nearly eight minutes but San Diego State struck first as Reeves' save and ground ball pick-up led to a goal by Vickie Porter. Just 20 seconds later, Michael controlled the draw and handed it off to Eddy who raced the length of the field to put one past Reeves and even the score at one all. The Aztecs went up, 2-1, on a Jarvis goal, but USC had another answer as Ruland bounced one off the ground and into the goal for a two-all tie.

The Trojans were relentless as they posted five shots in the next five minutes, but it wasn't enough as Reeves produced five saves, the last of which was cleared and turned into a goal by Lauren Maack at the 14:08 mark.

On the next SDSU clear attempt, Moore caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball to knot the score at three all on her first goal of the day. Ruland pushed the Trojans ahead, 4-3, when she scored on a free-position shot with just under five minutes to halftime. On USC's next possession, de Lyra dove to goal and caught a pass from Michael for the goal and a 5-3 lead.

The Michael-de Lyra connection happened once more at the three-minute mark as de Lyra did her work from behind the goal and hit Michael on a cut to the net for a goal and a 6-3 Trojan lead heading into the break.

Rejuvenated out of halftime, Jarvis dished off a pass to produce a goal by Meris Walsh. It took five more minutes, but Jarvis scored her own goal at 23:41 to get the Aztecs within one, down, 6-5. That was about as close as SDSU would get as de Lyra slammed the door shut with a goal less than 40 seconds later to push the Trojans back up, 7-5.

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