Sept. 25, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Jocelyn Jeffers scored in the 86th minute to give Washington State a 2-1 victory at USC, Sunday in the Pac-12 women's soccer opener for both schools.
The Cougars (7-3-1, 1-0-0 Pac-12), who trailed 1-0 at halftime, posted their third come-from-behind win in the last 11 days. It was the first time in school history Washington State won at USC (3-7-0, 0-1-0 Pac-12).
"Any Pac-12 win is a good win and to get one on the road after down a goal so early continues to show the character and potential of this team," Cougar Head Coach Matt Potter said. "USC on the road is a tough assignment, especially after playing Friday night at Santa Clara."
Potter added, "Our work ethic and game management over 90 minutes were tremendous. Both goals came from scenarios we have been working on which pleases our staff. Nonetheless, we return home to prepare for two top teams, including arguably the best team in the country means our group has a great challenge ahead."
USC grabbed a1-0 lead just 14 seconds into the match when Samantha Johnson converted a header after pass from the left sideline by Haley Boysen.
Carly Butcher missed an opportunity to give the Women of Troy a two-goal lead when she hit the crossbar with a shot in the 47th minute. Washington State responded with some pressure on USC, firing four shots, including two on goal, in the next five minutes.
The equalizer occurred in the 67th minute as Rachael Doyle notched her first goal of the season on a header after a free kick from fellow sophomore Delaney Zalud. The assist was the first-career point for Zalud.
Jeffers's game-winner, the first of her career, came on a finish in the box off a junior Brandi Vega pass from the right side.
Washington State returns home to play No. 1 Stanford, Friday at 3 p.m.
After playing its last six matches away from Pullman (Cougars were 3-2-1), Washington State plays its next five contests at home...all five will be Pac-12 matches...sophomore Delaney Zalud became the 13th Cougar to record a point this season.