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Roundup: California, Southern Cal play to draw

No. 7 Portland 2, Loyola Marymount 0

LOS ANGELES -- Portland's Amanda Frisbie and Emily Sippel each scored a goal, goalkeeper Erin Dees made a pair of saves and the No. 7 Pilots notched their third consecutive shutout with a 2-0 win against the Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday night at Sullivan Field. It is also the seventh win in a row for the Pilots, who haven't allowed a goal in 295 consecutive minutes.

The Pilots dominated possession the entire night and Frisbie gave Portland a 1-0 lead when she converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute. The Pilots were awarded the free kick after a hard foul against Ellen Parker was called just inside the 18, and Frisbie calmly found the back of the net for her fifth goal of the year.

The game remained 1-0 in Portland's favor until the 83rd minute when Sippel registered her third goal of the year. Noelle La Prevotte took the initial shot from outside the box, which drilled the right post. Sippel was there to tap in the rebound and make it a two-goal game.

The Pilots would hold on from there for the shutout, improving to 10-1-1 overall and to a perfect 2-0 in the WCC. LMU drops its eighth consecutive game and falls to 3-9-0 (0-1-0 WCC).

Frisbie's goal is her third game winner of the season, and Dees picks up her fifth shutout of the fall.

The Pilots controlled possession throughout the first half and Micaela Capelle attempted all four of the game's shots during the first 45 minutes. Capelle blasted one high of the cross bar on a nice back heel pass from Danica Evans in the 34th minute, and she hit one just wide of the left post in the 36th minute.

LMU rarely had possession in Portland's half of the field during the first half, and the Pilots held the Lions without a shot.

Portland finished with an 8-6 advantage in overall shots.

No. 8 California 1, Southern California 1, 2OT

BERKELEY, Calif -- Eighth-ranked California extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 1-1 draw in double overtime against USC Friday afternoon at Goldman Field. The Bears are now 9-0-4 (2-0-2 Pac-12) and the Women of Troy are 5-6-2 (0-3-1 Pac-12).

Senior captain Rachel Mercik scored Cal’s only goal in the 27th minute as the Women of Troy thwarted a usually explosive Cal offense, limiting the Bear offense to just eight shots through the 110 minutes. Despite USC’s 20-8 edge in shots, senior goalie Emily Kruger and the Bear defense allowed just eight shots within frame. Kruger tallied five solo saves to add to a pair of team saves.

"USC has had a string of results that they have not been pleased with, so we knew they were going to come at us as hard as they could,” Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. “We had to make sure we withstood their pressure. I told the players that I’m very proud of them because no one has been able to break us so far. We have to do a better job offensively, but defensively I thought we did very well.”

Cal found just three chances in the first half -- all within the frame -- but Mercik’s shot at 26:39 was good enough to grab the lead. The Bears won the ball midfield and started charging to the left. Sophomore Samantha Witteman drew a defender to the left, beating her out to send the ball to Mercik, who was waiting near the top of the circle to take a touch into the low left post for the score.

USC, meanwhile, misfired the ball seven times and was plagued by foul calls, eventually heading into the locker room scoreless Despite a 9-3 shot advantage and 2-1 edge in corner kicks.

The game shifted in the second half as USC dominated possession for nearly all 45 minutes. The Bears held on to their lead through the 77-minute mark, but the Women of Troy once again owned a 9-4 lead in shots, this time getting four within the posts. Alex Quincey’s shot at 77:13, a ball deflected off the post and then slotted into the left side, leveled the score and sent the match into overtime.

“This conference is a very difficult conference, and there will be many, many games that go down to the wire like this,” McGuire said. “We’ve seen over the first part of the season in conference play, it’s very prominent in the Pac-12. USC outworked and outplayed us physically for large portions of the game.”

Cal made the adjustments after the end of regulation and kept better possession of the ball. The Bears nearly found net twice, forcing USC keeper Caroline Stanley to make a save in each overtime. USC got just one shot within the frame and the game ended in Cal’s fourth stalemate of the season.

“It’s tough because we held the lead for so long, but USC is a really good team. Just because some of their results haven’t shown that, they’re tough. They’re one of those teams that will fight no matter what their record is that season,” Mercik said. “I’m happy we fought through it. That second half was really tough for us but in overtime we really brought it. That’s what’s nice – that learning experience. We have UCLA on Sunday so we just have to get over it, and we’re still undefeated so we can’t complain.”

The Blue and Gold improve to a 13-game unbeaten streak for just the fourth time in program history.

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