SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore midfielder Rachel Conners tallied her first goal of the season to help the University of San Diego women's soccer team (0-1-1) record a 1-1 draw against the University of Southern California (1-0-1) Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Torero Stadium.
The Toreros had gone 40 consecutive matches without ending in a draw. The last time San Diego recorded a tie was in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2011. In that match, the Toreros tied UCLA 1-1, but advanced to the Sweet 16 after winning PKs. The last true draw the Toreros had was 75 matches ago on September 17, 2010 against Cal State Bakersfield
The Women of Troy got on the scoreboard first, as in the 24th minute of action, Katie Johnson fired off a rocket shot, but Torero goalkeeper Michelle Craft was there to record the save, punching the ball away. However, that rebound found the foot of USC's Megan Borman, who hit a one-timer right into the back of the net, giving USC a 1-0 lead.
San Diego then evened up the score in the 32nd minute of action. Mariah Butera took a corner kick for the Toreros, that ball then battered around a crowded goal box, until Nikki Pappalardo got to it in the center of the box, and fed the back backwards to Conners, who in turn fired off a laser strike into the back of the net, to knot things up at 1-all.
The two teams then battled back and forth over the remainder of the match, and both teams had their chances to win the game, but neither could penetrate the goal line, leaving things in a 1-1 draw.
The Trojans out shot the Toreros 13-6, and held a slight 9-7 advantage in corner kicks.
Craft was credited with the draw in goal for the Toreros, as she allowed one goal and recorded five saves, one a game-saver as time was expiring in regulation. Her counterpart, Caroline Stanley, was also credited with a tie, as she allowed one goal and recorded one save.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday, as they welcome Michigan to town with a 7:30 p.m. match at Torero Stadium.
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