Reserves Come Up Big As The No. 17 Trojans Defeat UC Riverside 2-0|
Aug. 28, 2015
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The No. 17 Trojans got late second half goals from Mckenzie Taylor and Sydney Johnson off the bench to propel them to a 2-0 victory over UC Riverside on Friday evening at Riverside Soccer Stadium.
"The motto is "One Moment, One Now," and we had two women come into the game today that took their moments and helped their team win," explained head coach Keidane McAlpine. I'm very proud and happy that Sydney and Mckenzie were able to come into the game and help us find our way. UC Riverside did a great job today. They forced us to really dig down and find a way to win the game. In the end, I think the team did well, finding a way to solve it and get a victory on a tough day."
After 74 minutes of scoreless play, as the Trojans (2-1) were unable to find the back of the net despite dominating possession, freshman Taylor, who entered the game just eight minutes prior, put away a shot from 13 yards out in the 75th minute to give the Trojans the 1-0 lead. The goal was the first of her career in a game where she saw her first collegiate action. Dominique Randle got the assist as she stole the ball in the offensive third and made the pass up to Taylor for the score.
The Trojans added an insurance goal in the 87th minute, as another super sub, Johnson slotted a shot past Highlander keeper Elizabeth Silas into the lower right corner for her first goal of the year. The play developed as Mandy Freeman made a pass to Nicole Molen, who placed it perfectly around the defender to Johnson, who finished it in stride.
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was outstanding in goal, recording her second shutout in three games. The redshirt junior made three saves in the match, but none was bigger than her 65th minute stuff of Bianca Barrio on a 1v1 opportunity to keep the game scoreless.
Overall, the Trojans outshot the Highlanders 20-5 and had eight corner kicks to their two.
The Trojans will be back in action next Friday, travelling to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Classic.