No. 23 USC Plays No. 1 Florida State Close, But Falls 1-0 With Late Goal|
Aug. 23, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The No. 23 Trojans competed toe-to-toe with No. 1 Florida State for 82 minutes, but an 83rd minute goal by the Seminoles proved to be the difference maker and the Trojans fell 1-0 on Sunday morning at the New Mexico Lobos Invitational.
The Trojans, who won game one of the Lobos Invitational 1-0 over No. 15 Texas Tech, finished the tournament 1-0.
On the weekend and today’s match vs. Florida State, head coach Keidane McAlpine said, “We had a very good weekend overall. On Friday we were excellent and today we were just average. Florida State is a very well-coached team that you have to play your best against. We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend and will build from this.”
After battling to a 0-0 tie through the first half and most of the second half, the Trojans were hanging tough with the reigning national champions and the No. 1 team in the nation.
In the 83rd minute, goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made her third save of the day, but Bella Schmid collected the rebound and put home the eventual game-winning goal.
The Trojans had two shots on the day to the Seminoles’ nine shots. They also had two corners to FSU’s five.
The Trojans return to southern California, but will remain on the road, traveling to UC Riverside for a 7 p.m. tilt on Friday, Aug. 28.