LOS ANGELES - The fifth-ranked Cal women’s soccer team lost its second straight game on Sunday, falling 2-0 to No. 15 USC. The Bears fell to 0-2 in Pac-10 play (7-4-1 overall) after losing, 1-0, to UCLA on Friday. The Trojans improved to 6-4-3 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-10.
Goalkeeper Julie Peterson did not register a save, but set a school record with her seventh shutout of the season.
USC (6-4-3, 1-1) defeated its third Top 10 team of the season (Penn State and Santa Clara). The Women of Troy dominated the contest by recording a 19-7 margin in shots, including several shots in the first half that bounced off the post and crossbar.
Mann scored her first goal of the season on a header in the 64th minute off a cross from the right side by Hillary Schwarzbach. Fennell scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season two minutes later on a blast from 15 yards out with an assist by Jocelyn Leche.
Fennell moved into fifth place on USC’s all-time scoring list with 51 points, surpassing Carol Hatcher.
“We did not make any mistakes and just played harder today,” said USC head coach Jim Millinder. “We were unlucky in the first half, but got some good goals from Amy and Ali in the second half. We want to make a run for the Pac-10 title. I know our team feels that if we train hard every day, we can reach that goal.”
Forward Laura Schott returned to Cal’s starting lineup for the first time since the Aug. 30 season opener (a 2-0 win over Ohio State) and registered two shots.
Bears goalkeeper Sani Post made a career-high seven saves in the losing effort.