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:
All-American Sydney Leroux's scoring streak hit three games as No. 15 UCLA (4-0-0) won Tennessee's tournament with a 2-0 triumph over eighth-ranked Florida. Leroux was the event's MVP, and freshmen Ally Courtnall (who also scored), Samantha Mewis and Abby Dahlkemper made the all-tournament team.
Surprising UC Riverside (2-1-1) won its second in a row, surpassing last year's victory total with a 2-1 overtime triumph over visiting San Jose State. Kayde Hensley's 102nd-minute goal lifted the Highlanders to the title in their tournament.
No. 13 UC Irvine (4-0-0) also won both of its games at UCR's event, finishing with a 2-0 triumph over Mississippi State as UCLA transfer Natalia Ledezma (La Mirada/La Mirada HS) netted her third goal.
Karissa Garcia's goal in the sixth minute led Pepperdine (4-0-0) past visiting Long Island, 1-0.
The Waves' West Coast Conference rival Loyola Marymount also is unbeaten, 3-0-1 after a 0-0 draw with Fresno State.
Nadia Link (Rowland Heights/Walnut HS) scored her second goal of the weekend, but Long Beach State (2-2-0) lost, 2-1, at No. 12 Marquette.
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.