USC Drops Close Decision to Ducks

LOS ANGELES USC (7-7, 5-3 MPSF) slipped on Duck droppings in the Trojans' third straight loss in conference play as Oregon (9-5, 5-1) claimed a 10-8 win at McAlister Field on Friday, April 18. The Women of Troy got three goals from freshman attacker Annie Ruland, and a pair from sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen but couldn't overcome their own mistakes in a game where they turned the ball over 21 times.

Oregon out-shot USC, 20-16, and was barely better on offense as the Ducks committed 16 turnovers of their own. USC put enough pressure on Oregon in transition to force seven of those turnovers on clear attempts. Despite owning the center circle with 14 of 20 draws, the Trojans gave up the ball too many times to keep pace with the Ducks.

Ruland had three goals and an assist while Johansen led the team with five draw controls and added three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers to her final stat line. Freshman midfielder Michaela Michael was held scoreless for just the third time this season but finished with an assist and two draw controls.

Freshman midfielder Alex Moore scored a goal and picked up an assist. Sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra had two assists to go with a caused turnover and a ground ball. USC also got goals from freshman attacker Gabby McMahon and sophomore midfielder Kaila Sommi. Freshman midfielder Kate Pederson had three draw controls off the bench and picked up a caused turnover and ground ball along the way. Sophomore netminder Liz Shaeffer had six saves.

For the Ducks, Shannon Propst was the offensive catalyst with four assists and a goal. Olivia Pyne and Nikki Puszcz each scored a pair of goals with four other players scoring individual goals for Oregon. Defensively, Puszcz led the way with five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Goalie Caroline Federighi had three saves.

Oregon scored first to open up the game as Sami Kiser went to goal unassisted at the 28:18 mark. Ruland scored back-to-back goals at 27:35 and 26:32 to get USC a 2-1 lead, but Propst hit Puszcz with a pass for the goal and a two-all tie at 24:22. It was nearly 10 minutes before another goal was scored when Johansen took the pass from de Lyra for a goal and a 3-2 USC lead at 13:29 in the first half.

The Trojans went ahead, 4-2, on an eight-meter goal by Moore just under 10 minutes to the break, but Propst and Pyne scored goals within 30 seconds of each other to pull the Ducks into a four-all tie at 6:32. Ruland dished to McMahon for the shot and goal at 4:36 to give USC a 5-4 lead heading into halftime.

The Ducks wasted little time as they came out of the break and scored at 28:48 when Olivia Pyne put one past Shaeffer for a five-all tie. Carly O'Connell dropped a pass to Puszcz for a goal at 28:18 and a 6-5 Duck lead. The Trojans had answers as Johansen scored on a free-position attempt for the tie at 21:54. It took six minutes, but the Trojans went back ahead, 7-6, on a goal by Sommi at 15:14 left in the game.

O'Connell scored next to pull the Ducks into a seven-all tie before Propst hit Casey Brogan for a goal and then dropped anther pass off to Olivia Pyne for the score and a 9-7 lead with 7:20 left on the clock. Just 20 seconds later, Pederson's draw control found a streaking Kelty who crossed the restraining line and hit Ruland with a pass for the goal to help pull the Trojans into a 9-8 deficit at 6:59. That was as close as USC would get though as the Ducks ran the clock out and capitalized on USC turnovers to finish with a 10-8 victory on one last goal by Holly Johnson.

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2014-04-19



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