Soccer topples USC 2-1 in double overtime
Sept. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES – The Texas Longhorns tied the game with just over 10 minutes remaining and scored the game-winning goal in the 13th minute of overtime to score a 2-1 win over the USC Trojans in women’s soccer action at McAlister Field on Sunday.
After scoring the first goal in each of its first six games, the Longhorns found themselves falling behind early for the second consecutive game. The Trojans drew first blood in the 34th minute as Samantha Johnson sent a back heel pass to Autum Altamirano who scored from six yards out to give USC a 1-0 lead.
USC took a Trojan horse 1-0 lead into the halftime and the Longhorns unleashed their assault on the other side of the intermission.
Texas knotted the game at 1-1 in the 80th minute. Hannah Higgins sent in an offering from the left flank and Lexi Harris got a head on the ball to put it past the netminder for her third goal of the season.
Neither team scored in the final 10 minutes of regulation or the 10 minutes of the first overtime.
The Longhorns’ tallied the sudden-death goal 2:20 into the second overtime. Higgins once again assisted on the goal, depositing a pass to Vanessa Ibewuike who put the ball into the right side of the net for the walk-off tally and her third goal of the year.
Alexa Gaul earned the win in goal for the Longhorns. She made one save in 102:20. Shelby Church was saddled with the loss for the Trojans, making two saves while going the distance.
The Longhorns owned a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks, including 4-1 in the second half and 1-0 in overtime. USC owned a 16-14 edge in shots, but Texas outshot the Trojans 10-8 in the second half and held a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Texas returns to action on Sept. 23 when the Longhorns host the Baylor Bears in a 7 p.m. contest at Mike A. Myers Stadium.