Los Angeles, Calif. – The Oregon State women’s soccer team lost a close double-overtime battle to USC on Sunday, with a final score of 2-1.
Despite a career-high 15 saves from sophomore goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme, the Beavs were unable to grab the win on the road. Prudhomme’s previous season-high performances came earlier this year with 10 saves against Cal State Northridge and UCLA. Her previous career-high 13 saves came in 2012 against Cal State Fullerton.
“Sammy Jo was out of this world today,” said Head Coach Linus Rhode. “She was called upon on several occasions to make big saves and she did.”
Oregon State jumped out to an early lead with a goal from senior forward Jenna Richardson in the first 46 seconds of the game. Redshirt junior Brittney Oljar played a perfectly place ball from the right wing, finding Richardson who headed the ball near post. This was Richardson’s fourth goal of the season and Oljar’s first assist.
USC found the equalizer in the 10th minute when the referee called a penalty kick after a player was taken down in the box. USC’s Elizabeth Eddy stepped up to the ball and chipped it into the back of the net.
Both teams would push for the lead the remainder of the match, the Trojans putting a lot of pressure on Oregon State’s backline. Prudhomme made countless back-to-back saves for the Beavers, keeping them in the game.
After 90 minutes of regulation play, the game moved into overtime. With two 10-minute golden goal overtime periods, the first goal scored wins.
The first 10 minutes went by scoreless, both teams looking for the goal. Moving into the second overtime, USC was putting the pressure on the Beavers. In the 109th minute, the referee called the second penalty kick for the Trojans, claiming there was a hand ball in the box.
USC’s Jamie Fink stepped up to take the kick and found the back of the net, giving USC the 2-1 victory. The Beavers move to 5-12-2 on the season and 3-6-1 in Pac-12 play.
"It's unfortunate for the game to have to end that way," Prudhomme said. "I knew we were going to be under a lot of pressure in the last half of the game, and I think we defended pretty well, considering."
“Our girls defended with everything they had; we were under relentless pressure from USC today,” said Rhode. “It was utterly disappointing the way the match finished off and our girls deserved more.”
Oregon State returns home next Thursday as they host Oregon on senior day, the last regular-season game of the season.