USC drops third straight game

The USC women’s soccer team has struggled for consistency in 2011, and Sunday might have been the team’s most uneven and frustrating defeat yet.

Not enough · USC senior forward/defender Ashley Freyer knotted the score at one early in the first half. Portland, however, notched a goal in the opening minutes of the second half that proved to be the game-winner. - Jaideep Chadha | Daily Trojan

The visiting Women of Troy fell 2-1 to Portland, losing their third straight and falling to 3-6 on the season.

“Disheartening,” said USC coach Ali Khosroshahin. “That’s really all I can describe it as.”

USC fell behind early when the Pilots’ Ellen Parker scored just three minutes into the match to give Portland a 1-0 lead.

“We can’t be giving goals away three minutes into the first half,” Khosroshahin said. “That’s been the theme all year long. It totally changed the game. With a team like us, that’s struggling to finish, and you let teams get ahead, it’s a tall order to overcome.”

The Women of Troy fought back and tied the game in the 29th minute, when senior Ashley Freyer collected a loose ball in front of the Pilots’ net and booted it in the back of the net for the equalizer.

“We did create opportunities to get back into it,” Khosroshahin said. “We just weren’t able to push it all the way. We hit the post a couple times. We need to see if the ball is going to start bouncing our way.”

It was the last score of the afternoon for USC, who had plenty of opportunities to take the lead. Senior Ashli Sandoval had three chances of her own, but all three failed to evade Portland goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung.

“It’s frustrating because we are playing well,” said junior forward Kristina Noriega. “We just need to keep doing what we’re doing but figure out how to get results out of it. It’s definitely a feeling of frustration.”

Portland, however, capitalized on the USC defense to begin the second half of play when Amanda Frisbie scored in the 49th minute with what proved to be the winning goal for the Pilots.

Senior Brittany Kerridge had USC’s best chance to tie the game in the final minute, but missed a free kick from 30 yards out. Junior Kristina Noriega’s desperation attempt in the closing seconds also missed the mark, and USC suffered its sixth defeat on the season.

“I just feel like we let this one get away,” Freyer said. “We were trying to start fresh after we let two get away at home. We’ve definitely been getting the opportunities to stay in games. We just haven’t been finishing them.”

Though not excusing his team’s loss, Khosroshahin did note that he feels the team has been unlucky at certain points during the season.

“We’re going to keep kicking it but at some point something’s got to go our way,” he said. “So far this year we haven’t gotten the bounces. I hope it starts to happen soon.”

The Women of Troy return home next weekend to begin the Pac-12 schedule when they take on Washington State at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field.

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  1. WTF
    WTF says:

    Disheartening? How about embarrassing? Texas fans were overheard as they left the field saying the USC team with all their national players were a joke. I wonder what the Portland fans were saying yesterday. The class that came in last year was touted as the best freshman recruiting class ever. What has happened to them? As sophomores, only two are noticeable on the field, the GK-1 and MF-11. The junior class is non-existent with the exception of 12 who isn’t playing. 5 is the only senior who seems to care and gives it all. What’s up with the new freshmen and transfers? Those are the only players the coach could find that are worthy to be at SC? I think not! Lazy recruiting!

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