Trojans Take Care of Business in Home Opener, Defeat LMU 2-0|
Sept. 9, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The Trojans started off their home slate on a good note, defeating Loyola Marymount 2-0 on Friday afternoon at McAlister Field, extending their shutout streak to four games.
“I thought LMU did a great job tactically,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. “They brought out great pressure and it took us a little bit to settle into the game, but once we did, I thought we responded well. We had the two first half goals and handled our business down the stretch. Once again Sammy Jo was great and I thought our back line was really solid, especially in the second half. We could have been sharper finishing in the final third, but all in all a great day with the win and the shutout.”
Molen found the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal in the 15th minute, her second in as many games. Mandy Freeman served in a nice ball that Molen was running full speed to back post and she was able to just get a touch on it, past the keeper Charlee Pruitt.
The second goal of the day came in the final minute of the first half. Kayla Mills played a ball near post on a corner kick from the right side and Amanda Rooney got a touch on it to a waiting Andrews who hammered it home from inside the six-yard box to make it a 2-0 game. The goal is the second of the season for Andrews.
At the half the shot differential was close, with the Trojans having nine to LMU’s eight.
However, in the second half, the Trojans took 10 shots to the Lions’ just one. Leah Pruitt led the way with two early goal opportunities in the second half, but she was unable to capitalize. She finished tied for the team lead in shots (four) with fellow forward Alex Anthony.
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made her lone save of the day in the first half, leading her team to their fourth-straight shutout victory. The Trojans have not given up a goal in 384 minutes and counting, over five different contests.
The Trojans are back in action on the pitch at McAlister Field on Sunday, Sept. 11, hosting No. 8 North Carolina at 1 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.