Trojans Drop Heartbreaker at Long Beach State 1-0 |
Aug. 26, 2016
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Despite outshooting the 49ers 13-5, the Trojans dropped a heartbreaker to Long Beach State, 1-0 at George Allen Field on Friday night.
The Trojans (0-2) had quality looks throughout the match and held possession for majority of the match. At the half they held the 49ers (2-0) to zero shots to their five and finished the match outshooting their opponent 13-5.
Morgan Andrews led the way for the Trojans with five shots.
“Tonight was a heartbreaker,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. “I thought we did a lot of things really, really well. We had one moment where we lost concentration, but I give a lot of credit to Long Beach and their coaching staff on tactically doing some great things tonight. At the end of the day it comes down to executing and finding ways to win games and we didn’t do that. Long Beach deserves all the credit for their win.”
After the two sides played to a draw in the first half, the Trojans opened up the second half again dominating possession and play. However, on a counter attack in the 66th minute, the 49ers earned a corner kick. The kick came in from the left side and fell to an open Dana Fujikuni back post who headed the ball cleanly past Trojan keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme. Chloe Froment had the assist with the corner kick.
The Trojans came roaring back, looking for the equalizer through the final 24 minutes of play. The Trojans generated six shots and four corner kicks during that time as they looked to tie the ballgame. The best opportunity came in the 83rd minute off a free kick from about 30 yards out, taken by Andrews that rocketed off the crossbar and bounced out. Nicole Molen also had a great opportunity in the 88th minute on a cross that came all the way and found her far post, but Long Beach State keeper Ashton McKeown made an outstanding save for a corner kick that the Trojans could not convert on.
Prudhomme made three saves, all in the second half in the loss.
Behind Andrews’ five shots, Alex Anthony finished with three. Overall seven different Trojans took a shot in the match.
The Trojans will regroup and head back out on the road for another local derby on Sunday, this time as they travel to Pepperdine for a 1 p.m. PT match at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.