USC Women’s Soccer rises above the Fullerton Titans in the NCAA Opener

USC Women’s Soccer rises above the Fullerton Titans in the NCAA Opener

On Saturday Nov. 16 USC women’s soccer took on Cal State Fullerton in the first round game of the NCAA Tournament. As the game began, USC came out firing with having 7 shots at the end of the half and Fullerton only having 1. But, Fullerton’s defense came out with equal energy as USC’s skillful front line, keeping the score 0-0 by halftime. As the second half started, USC seemed to have gained even more energy than what they’d started with at the beginning of the match and took the lead with Penelope Hocking scoring off an assist from Alea Hyatt in the 48th minute. As the game went on, the Titans were able to hold off the Trojans until the 58th minute when Penelope Hocking doubled the trojans lead off another assist from Hyatt, making the score 2-0. Fullerton began to break down as their trail behind USC increased and Hocking added onto the Trojans’ lead off a third assist from Hyatt, securing her hat-trick for the game and tripling the Trojans lead to 3-0. But, Fullerton had given up yet and put themselves back into the game with a goal from Atlanta Primus in the 72nd minute. Though the Titans began to create momentum for themselves it was quickly disrupted in the 80th minute from Trojan Savianna Gomez off an assist from Hocking. But, the Trojans weren’t done yet with Hocking her fourth goal of the game off an assist from Samantha Bruder in the 83rd minute and securing their win over Fullerton with a 5-1 win.