Nicole Molen’s first-half goal proved to be all Southern California needed as the fifth-ranked Trojans (12-3, 5-1) rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Washington State Cougars (6-8-1, 1-6) in Pacific-12 Conference women’s soccer action on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Molen scored on a rebound in the 23rd minute when Alex Anthony’s shot from outside the box was saved by WSU keeper Ella Dederick.
Leah Pruitt and Hailey Hite scored in the second half to cap the scoring for USC.
The Trojans outshot the Cougars 23-15 and WSU goalkeeper Ella Dederick finished with a season-high nine saves.
Jessie Fleming scored in overtime – her 10th goal of the season and second of the match – to lift the ninth-ranked UCLA Bruins (11-3-1, 5-1-1) to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Washington Huskies (6-9-1, 1-6) in Pac-12 play.
Washington trailed 2-0 by the 7th minute, but goals by Kim Keever (8:17) and Ava Lewis (28:50) pulled the Huskies even at halftime.
Washington outshot UCLA 17-11 for the match.
Madeline Cannon totaled 11 kills and two service aces and Kennedy Kurtz added 32 assists and two blocks to power the Sacramento State Hornets (12-11, 6-3) to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 sweep over the visiting Idaho Vandals (7-14, 2-7) in Big Sky Conference play.
Kaela Straw had eight kills and Terra Varney added 16 digs to pace the Vandals.
Ka’iulani Ahuna had a match-high 17 kills, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the visiting Eastern Washington Eagles (10-8, 5-4) from losing to the Portland State Vikings (12-9, 4-5) in Big Sky action, 25-21, 15-25, 22-25, 26-24, 16-14..
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