Graduate student Kerri Clayton and Arizona State (8-5, 5-4 Pac-12) made its best attempt at a comeback on Friday, but it was too little, too late. USC (9-6, 6-3) prevailed 16-14 over the Sun Devils.
Headed into the final 11 minutes of the game, Arizona State found itself down by seven. Aided by a 7-2 run, the Sun Devils cut the deficit to two, but simply ran out of time. Clayton, one of the seniors honored at Arizona State’s final home game of the regular season, led the comeback attempt and finished with a team-high five goals.
Senior Maddy Hunter scored four times as well. Fellow graduate student Carley Adams was the only other Sun Devil to score multiple times.
After Hunter and Clayton scored the game’s first two goals, USC went on a 9-2 run to first out the first half. The Sun Devils were in catchup mode from that point on.
The Sun Devils will close out the regular season on Friday by taking a trip to San Diego State on Sunday.