No. 17 USC scored all five of its goals in the first half en route to a 5-0 win over Arizona on Sunday at Murphey Stadium.
It wasn't the way the Arizona soccer team wanted to end the 2010 season, but in the long run, the Wildcats understand that this is the first of many steps as the program looks to get back on track.
Arizona finished the season with an overall record of 5-13-2 and last in the Pac-10 with a 1-8 mark. It has finished in ninth or 10th in the league in each of the last five seasons.
After Friday's late 1-0 loss to UCLA, the season finale had more of an anticlimactic feel to it, and the Trojans capitalized by scoring twice in the opening four minutes.
Courtney Garcia opened scoring in the third minute when she headed Ashli Sandoval's cross past UA goalkeeper Ashley Jett.
Just over a minute later, Haley Boysen found Alyssa Dávila at the near post, with Dávila's header rebounding off the post directly back to her for an easy tap in.
"We let down defensively," UA coach Lisa Oyen said. "We were very complacent early on. I think we've done fairly well all year and just got caught today, and we had a really hard time playing our way out of it."
Samantha Johnson made it 3-0 in the 27th minute with a right-footed blast from just outside the penalty area that beat Jett.
Ashley Freyer dribbled past defender Kirstyn Magyar in the 38th minute, leading the Trojans on a two-on-one break and feeding Autumn Altamirano for an easy tap in for the Trojans' fourth goal.
Freyer scored the game's final goal in the 43rd minute by turning with the ball in midfield and putting her shot over Jett and into the back of the net.
Arizona responded better after halftime, creating more scoring opportunities and limiting USC's chances.
"We probably had right around 10 different players taking shots on goal," Oyen said.
"I think the response was good, and that's what we're going to focus on."
Arizona said goodbye to seniors Macke Mutz, Alex Davis and Becky Barry.
Mutz started the game, but was immediately substituted to an ovation from the crowd after missing the final two games with an injury.
"There's so many memories," said Mutz, a fifth-year senior. "I'm so close with the girls in my class. We've been through a lot in the five years."