Anthony Strikes Twice, But Trojans Fall 3-2 in Overtime at Santa Clara|
Aug. 20, 2016
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Two goals by junior forward Alex Anthony, playing her first game in Cardinal and Gold proved to not be enough, as Santa Clara netted goals in the 87th and 97th minutes to defeat the Trojans 3-2 in overtime on Friday evening at Stevens Stadium.
“All in all I saw some really good things tonight. We played a really good, organized Santa Clara team. They fought the whole game and challenged us tactically. I am a little frustrated for our team because I felt like the game wasn’t decided solely on the play between the lines,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. “However, we will move forward and grow and learn from this.”
The Trojans (0-1-0) struck first, as Anthony netted her first goal as a Trojan in the 13th minute, putting away a loose ball that was rattling around in the box to put the Trojans up 1-0.
The Broncos (1-0-0) answered in the 37th minute, as Janae Gonzalez finished off a one-time finish on a cross to tie the game 1-1.
At the half the Trojans were outshot 7-5, but were dominating in possession and quality scoring opportunities.
Anthony and the Trojans wasted no time taking back the lead, finishing off her second goal of the game after a pass from Savannah Levin and Anthony turned her defender and finished far post to give the Trojans the 2-1 lead.
Anthony nearly had a hat trick with a shot that rattled off the crossbar in the 80th minute.
The Trojans were affected down the stretch by some controversial calls by the referees, that allowed Santa Clara to remain in the game.
That potential goal loomed big as the Broncos were able to tie the game up in the 87th minute on a score by Jordan Jesolva, assist from Jenna Roering and the game headed to overtime.
In the first overtime, the Trojans had some opportunities, including a corner kick in the 93rd minute, but they were unable to convert. In the 97th minute, the Broncos scored the golden goal as Kellie Peay scored off a cross from Jazmin Jackmon.
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme had three saves and took the loss.
The Trojans will regroup and head back to Los Angeles to host Beijing Normal in an exhibition match on Sunday (Aug. 22) at 4 p.m. PT. It will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.