The USA Women’s Senior National Team posted their second straight win over the NCAA’s elite as they knocked off third ranked University of Southern California 10-8 in a game played at the McDonald Swim Stadium on the campus of USC. The game was a return for several players on the Team USA roster including Lauren Wenger, Patty Cardenas, Moriah van Norman, Erika Figge, Brittany Hayes, and current student athlete Kami Craig who is red-shirting this season.
Similar to their battle with UCLA this game was closely contested throughout the first half as the teams ended in a tie at 3-3 after the first stanza and 5-5 at intermission. Van Norman and Figge helped build an early 3-1 lead before USC battled back to tie it. The Women of Troy than took it further building up a two goal lead at 5-3 in the second quarter before goals from Brenda Villa and Figge slowed their momentum and pushed the game to a tie at half.
USC would again take the lead in the early stages of the third quarter at 6-5 before Team USA opened up a furious rally racking up five straight goals to build up a 10-6 lead. Van Norman, Windes, Villa, Figge, and Heather Petri found the net with Villa’s goal coming on a drawn five meter by van Norman and Team USA was in command.
Southern Cal would cash in a pair of late goals but it was not enough as Team USA came away with the victory at 10-8. Figge led the way with a trio of goals while Betsey Armstrong was solid in net refuting eight shots. This game also served as a return for USA Assistant Coach and Team Leader Bernice Orwig who was a standout goalie for USC winning a national championship and Cutino Award in her time on campus.
United States 10, USC 8
USA 3 – 2 – 2 – 3 = 10
USC 3 – 2 – 1 – 2 = 8
USA – Erika Figge 3, Moriah Van Norman 2, Brenda Villa 2, Alison Gregorka, Elsie Windes, Heather Petri.
USC – Veronika Bartunkova 3, Miranda Nichols, Kally Lucas, Alison Riddle, Julie Spataru, Kristen Dronberger.
SAVES: Betsey Armstrong (USA) 8, Tumua Anae (USC) 9
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