Trojans Dominate No. 8 North Carolina 3-0|
Sept. 11, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans made a huge statement on Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 8 North Carolina 3-0 at McAlister Field, handing the Tar Heels their first loss of the season.
The three goals scored by the Trojans (5-2-0) was also the most goals allowed by the Tar Heels (5-1-1) since a 4-3 overtime loss to Texas A&M on September 11, 2011. The victory is also the first time the Trojans have defeated the Tar Heels in four chances in program history.
"I am really proud of the way the team played today. It was our first full 90 minutes where we competed at the level that we need to," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "This is a great step for us in what we are trying to do for the season. We have to make playing with the type of intensity that we brought today a regular habit for us. Overall we have been defending really, really well, and now we have the intensity and the goal scoring to match."
Despite two early scoring opportunities for the Tar Heels, include a shot from long distance that rattled off the crossbar, the Trojans dominated possession and scoring opportunities throughout the match.
Much like the contest between the two sides last year, the Trojans jumped on the board early, as Morgan Andrews connected on a beautiful header off a Kayla Mills corner kick in the fifth minute of play. The goal was her third of the season and second in as many games.
In the 38th minute, Andrews had a shot at her second goal of the game, as a handball in the box gave the Trojans a penalty kick opportunity. Andrews had a nice crack at it, but Tar Heel keeper Lindsey Harris made an incredible save to keep the game at 2-0.
At the half, the Trojans had outshot the Tar Heels 11-5 and did not allow the Tar Heels a corner kick. The Trojans had four corners in the first half.
With the game 2-0, the Trojans continued to battle and were rewarded as Alex Anthony collected a beautiful ball chipped over the top by Johnson, and fired a long range shot from the top of the 18, with the laser settling into the far left post to make it a 3-0 game.
In the 86th minute the Trojans had another penalty kick opportunity after Nicole Molen was tripped up in the box. Sophomore Leah Pruitt took the shot, but unfortunately dinged it off the post and the Trojans were unable to make it a 4-0 game.
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme led the way with four saves as she once-again held her opponent scoreless for the fifth-straight game. The Trojans have not allowed a goal in 474 minutes over six different contests.
Overall the Trojans outshot the Tar Heels 17-10.
The Trojans remain at home this week as they get ready for their final nonconference match of the season against Kansas on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. PT.