The Georgia women's soccer team's bid to earn one of the biggest wins in program history ended two minutes into overtime as the USC Trojans scored three unanswered goals to steal a 3-2 win at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
Sophomore Mariah Krase had given Georgia the lead with a header in the 34th minute Less than two minutes later, Krase was open once more but this time her header crashed off the crossbar but Carrie Patterson was there to slot home the rebound for a 2-0 lead.
After halftime, however, the game belonged to the Trojans. In the 54th minute, Carly Butcher received a floating pass from Stacey Strong and buried the shot. Butcher would strike again less than 10 minutes later to tie the game. In the 65th minute, Amy Rodriguez played a good ball into space where a running Butcher accurately shot one past Georgia goalkeeper Michelle Betos to tie the game.
The score remained tied through the end of regulation and no team could capitalize in the first overtime. But just more than two minutes into the second overtime, USC's Ashley Freyer scored from 12 yards out.
"We had a lot better attack and I think we played a lot better as a team," said Patterson. "It's a good start but we still have a lot to improve on. We keep this in the back of our minds and it gives us the confidence to know that we can play with top 10 teams and we can compete with some of the best teams in the nation."
"I am very proud of the team tonight. I thought we started the game very well and had some great sequences," said Georgia head coach Patrick Baker. "We scored two quality goals and it was great to create some chances again. It was heartbreaking to see the game winner go in for them after competing so hard for so long tonight. Hats off to USC though, they are extremely well coached and have a very talented group of young ladies."