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Sunday, August 28, 2011
COLLEGE: USC strikes early for first win

By Scott French

USC's season-starting skid in women's soccer is done, thanks to two quick goals Sunday to beat Pacific at the University of San Diego's tournament.

Elizabeth Eddy (Newport Beach/Newport Harbor HS) struck just 3½ minutes in and Brittany Kerridge converted a penalty kick just 106 seconds later to send the Women of Troy (1-3-0) to a 2-1 victory at Torero Stadium.

Pacific (1-2-0) halved the deficit with two minutes to go on Angelica Figueroa's penalty kick following a hand ball.

“We knew that we needed to get our confidence up -- we knew we needed to come out and get it done,” Kerridge, who leads USC with two goals and two assists, said on a video posted on her school's athletics website. “It wasn't the prettiest soccer, like we have been playing, but we got the job done, and that's all that  matters.”

In other women's action: UCI ROMPS IN OMAHA: Enrique Cardenas scored two goals as UC Irvine's men (2-0-0) spoiled new program Nebraska-Omaha's home debut with a 4-0 rout. Miguel Ibarra (Lancaster/Lancaster HS) assisted both, and Christian Hernandez (Palmdale/Palmdale HS) and Lester Hayes II also tallied.

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 0, Concordia 1
Nebraska-Omaha 0, UC Irvine 4 (Hernandez pen. 20, Cardenas 31, 62, Hayes 72) Sunday
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 0, Concordia 5
Loyola Marymount 0, Fresno State 0, OT
Marquette 2 (Kelly 5, Philbin 68), Long Beach State 1 (Link 40)
Pepperdine 1 (Garcia 6), Long Island 0
Texas 5 (Knaak 12, Keith 35, Doniak 47, 49, Harris 64), Cal State Northridge 1 (Fernandez 47)
UC Irvine 2 (Ledezma 53, Privett 81), Mississippi State 0
UC Riverside 2 (Ahmed 20, Hensley 102), San Jose State 1 (Stange 88), OT
UCLA 2 (Courtnall 35, Leroux 72), Florida 0
USC 2 (Eddy 4, Kerridge pen. 6), Pacific 1 (Figueroa pen. 89)

Home teams listed first