Women of Troy With Early-Season Statement 2-1 Victory Over No. 9 Notre Dame|
Aug. 31, 2014
"Notre Dame was the better team in the first half. We made it through to the half and were able to regroup," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "We came out with much better energy and intensity in the second half that gave us the chance to win, and I am proud of them. Both of our goals today I thought were great team goals."
In the first half, the Irish (2-2-0) got the better of the Women of Troy (3-0-1), tallying 11 shots to USC's two. They found the back of the net in the 19th minute when Lauren Bohaboy gave the Irish the lead on a through ball down the right wing from Cari Roccaro that she finished from 16 yards out.
The Women of Troy, with stalwart goalkeeper Caroline Stanley coming up with three saves in the half, kept the score at 1-0 at halftime.
The Women of Troy regrouped and came out of the break energized and made their presence known right away, with great scoring opportunities in the first eight minutes of the half from Katie Johnson, Kayla Mills and Natalie Donaldson.
The team continued to go on the offensive against the Irish defense and broke through in the 65th minute, as sophomore Savannah Levin scored her first collegiate goal with a nice near-post left footed shot from the left side. Jamie Fink assisted on the play as the game was even at 1-1.
The Women of Troy continued to set the pace in the second half, outshooting the Irish 8-7.
The team came through with the eventual game-winning goal in the 72nd minute. Junior Reilly Parker found the back of the net for the second time in as many games to put the score at 2-1. Tamara Mejia made a nice run down the right side off a pass from Sydney Sladek and delivered a cross to Parker who was waiting back post for the one-touch finish.
Perhaps the biggest moment in the game came in the 74', when the Women of Troy were whistled for a hand ball in the box. The Irish's Glory Williams took the penalty kick, and Stanley came up with a great save to her left to preserve the lead, and the follow up shot from Kaleigh Olmsted was well high.
On the standout performances of the day, McAlpine said, "It was great to see Caroline Stanley make that huge block on the penalty kick to preserve the lead and I thought Sydney Sladek was fantastic and really changed the game for us in the second half."
Stanley finished the game with four saves.
The Women of Troy return to Los Angeles to prepare for their home opener on Friday, Sept. 5 as they host UC Riverside at McAlister Field at 4 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
USC 2, #9 Notre Dame 1