Behind Prudhomme's Career Day, Trojans Defeat Georgia 3-0|
Sept. 2, 2016
AUBURN, Ala. – The Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, adding another in the final 10 minutes of the match to defeat Georgia 3-0 in the Auburn Soccer Classic at the Auburn Soccer Complex on Friday afternoon.
“Proud of the way the team played today against a tough Georgia team,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. “Didn’t think it was our best day, but given the conditions we managed the game well and found a way to win. We were able to get the two goals early and then [Nicole] Molen’s header in the 81st minute put the game out of reach. I have to give a big shout out to Sammy Jo [Prudhomme], who was very good today She was very solid in her positioning and made difficult saves look simple.”
The Trojans (2-2) were led by forward Alex Anthony, who had a hand in both first-half goals, netting the first in the 21st minute and then assisting on Katie Johnson’s finish in the 35th minute. Nicole Molen connected on the team’s final goal of the game in the 81st minute to put the game away at 3-0.
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was outstanding in goal, tallying a USC career-high nine saves, including seven in the second half. She led the team to its second-straight shutout.
The Trojans dominated possession and had many scoring opportunities in the first half. Anthony came through with the eventual game-winner, her third goal of the season in the 21st minute as she collected a nice ball played over the top by Ally Prisock, beat the goalkeeper and finished top shelf.
Anthony then was involved in K. Johnson’s first goal of the season, as she won a loose ball and sent in a low, hard cross that was tapped in from six yards out by Johnson to make it a 2-0 game.
At the half, the Trojans outshot the Bulldogs 5-4, and surprisingly did not have a corner kick, while the Bulldogs had two. Prudhomme made two saves in the half.
In the second half, the Trojans got out to a bit of a slow start, and Prudhomme was tested early, making four saves in the first 15 minutes of the half. She finished with seven alone in the second half, which tied her previous USC career saves total.
The Trojans managed 12 shots in the half, and Molen was able to connect one of them, as her impressive diving header in the 81st minute off a cross from Amanda Rooney put the game out of reach at 3-0. The goal was the first of the season for Molen.
The Trojans will be back in action on Sunday, playing tournament host, No. 21 Auburn at 4 p.m. PT