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USC 2, Florida St. 0

Measurably better, USC women take crown

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Associated Press / December 10, 2007

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - When Ali Khosroshahin took over as Southern California's women's soccer coach last year, athletic director Mike Garrett bluntly told him that the school's programs were measured only by national championships.

Point taken, Khosroshahin says he'll sit down with Garrett this week to talk about a new contract.

Marihelen Tomer and Janessa Currier scored goals as the Trojans beat Florida State, 2-0, yesterday in the final of the NCAA Women's College Cup.

The Trojans (20-3-2) had never advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament before this season. Khosroshahin is the first coach to win it all in his first season, and he doesn't act the least bit surprised that his team pulled it off.

"If we didn't get it accomplished this year," he said, "it would've been a huge disappointment. We would've been back working again tomorrow. You have to have that belief in yourself. You have to have that belief in your players and you have to believe in each other and believe in the plan."

The Trojans took the title with their fifth shutout of the tournament and 16th in 25 games this season. This one was the most impressive of all - the Seminoles led the nation with 81 goals this season.

Florida State (18-6-3), playing in its third consecutive College Cup, was shut out for just the second time this season. The Seminoles also were playing in the championship game for the first time, a big step for a program that began in 1995.

"We just weren't good enough today," Florida State coach Mark Krikorian end.

The Trojans defense repelled every Florida State threat, disrupting the Seminoles' smooth passing game and locking up leading scorers Mami Yamaguchi and Sanna Talonen. The duo scored 11 of Florida State's 17 goals in the NCAA Tournament.

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