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Stanford ends soccer’s unbeaten streak

first_img“In every position of the field they’ve got quality,” McAlpine said of the Cardinal. “They have  a chemistry about them that’s very good and when you have that is difficult to break down and difficult to deal with.”  Although the final score indicated a close game, Stanford dominated statistically throughout the match. The Trojans had trouble dealing with Macario as sophomore goalkeeper Anna Smith faced 26 shots and was forced to make eight saves in the game. Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking fights with a Stanford defender for the ball in USC’s loss at McAlister Field Saturday. (Yannick Peterhans | Daily Trojan) The No. 3 USC women’s soccer team fell to No. 2 Stanford Saturday at home in a tight 3-2 battle for its first loss of the season. The Trojans are now 7-1-1 on the year.  The Trojans also notched 20 fouls while Stanford had only 10, and USC also received three yellow cards in the second half. Meanwhile, the Trojan offense only got off six shots — their lowest total of the year — with only three shots on goal.   The loss will set USC back in the hunt for its first outright Pac-12 title, while Stanford will have a headstart in taking the conference crown for the fifth year in a row.  The goal put McKeown back at the top of USC’s season leaderboard, but her position alone there was short-lived. Hocking tallied a goal of her own off a pass from graduate defender Natalie Ward just two minutes later to tie her teammate with 8 goals. The bright spot for the Trojans, as has often been the case, was the continued success of Hocking and McKeown. Their two scores in the first half were vital in keeping USC in the game, but they were unable to pull another one out of the bag during the second half.   “It’s an opportunity for us to really check ourselves … and figuring out how to be a little bit better in terms of the small moments in the game that could’ve changed the game,” McAlpine said. “We played a little bit frantically.”center_img For Stanford, the win is proof that its loss to unranked Pepperdine was a fluke and that it is still the powerhouse it was to start out the season. As for USC, the team is likely to drop a few spots in the rankings, and each Pac-12 matchup from now on will carry extra significance because it can’t afford to lose many more games.   However, after Hocking’s goal USC was stymied by Stanford’s defense for the rest of the game — and the Trojans’ 2-1 lead quickly evaporated. Macario scored the equalizer after dribbling through USC’s defense four minutes later. She notched the eventual game winner to close out the first half on a shot that bounced off the left post and in.  “I think both teams were a little fatigued by the time the game ended,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine of the dropoff in action during the second half.   USC tied it up just six minutes later thanks to the partnership of junior forward Tara McKeown and sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, which the Trojans have relied on all season. Hocking slid the ball in perfect position for McKeown to fire it into the back of the net off one touch. The second half was like a whole new game, and the scoring was over.  All of the scoring was concentrated in the first half of the match. The Cardinal struck first after junior forward Madison Haley headed in a long free kick by junior forward Catarina Macario.  USC will now play two more tough Pac-12 opponents as it travels to Arizona to play Arizona State Thursday and Arizona three days later. Both teams are quietly having solid seasons, and those games will be must-wins for the Trojans if they want to keep their Pac-12 hopes in strong position.last_img read more

Payback time

first_imgThe residents of the city and county have paid dearly in lost services and higher taxes so downtown could be revived. Now, it’s payback time. Downtown property values are soaring. Building is booming. It’s becoming a playground for the affluent. It’s high time downtown started paying off on the public’s investment. End the subsidies now – that ought to be the cry from San Pedro to Pacoima, from Hermosa Beach to West Covina.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAs expensive lofts have replaced derelict buildings by the score in the Skid Row area, it was only a matter of time before police started rousting the street people and the politicians started looking to provide humanitarian aid to those who refused to get out of downtown. People who plunk down $750,000 for a loft in the heart of Skid Row shouldn’t have to pick their way through throngs of street dwellers just to get home. Of course, no one else should either, which is why chasing the homeless to the suburbs is no answer. So the public must not allow the politicians to railroad through a solution that puts the burden solely on the residents and taxpayers of the county. We cannot have worse public services for those with homes who work, pay taxes and aspire to better lives in order to help the homeless. The homeless problem is a societal problem, so it’s fair to say the burdens should be shared fairly. That means the so-called “stabilization centers” should be placed in wealthy areas as well as the rest of the county. It also means that the costs need to be shared. And the massive tax credits and subsidies that have driven downtown redevelopment for the past 30 years – at the expense of the neighborhoods everywhere else – must end. AFTER three decades of neglecting the homeless, it’s no surprise that Los Angeles has a humanitarian crisis on its hands that would take $12 billion to solve in a decade. Of course, that isn’t going to happen any more than we’re going to spend trillions to fix our transportation problems or provide decent health care, good educations and safe streets, or put an end to poverty. But, yes, now that the economic and political forces have aligned to focus city and county officials on this problem, it’s important that practical steps be taken to help those who can actually be helped. But make no mistake: These same politicians didn’t care at all about the homeless until their developer pals stood to make billions off the revival of downtown that is jeopardized by hundreds of people living on the streets. last_img read more