Despite Offensive Dominance, Trojans Play No. 23 Long Beach State to a Scoreless Draw|
Sept. 13, 2015
LOS ANGELES- Despite outshooting No. 23 Long Beach State 23-5, the Trojans were unable to finish in the offensive final third, settling for a 0-0 double overtime tie on Sunday afternoon.
The Trojans (3-3-1) dominated the 49ers through 110 minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Molen led the team with seven shots, many of those coming from her dangerous header. She tallied two shots on goal. Junior midfielder Morgan Andrews was next with five shots, followed by junior defender Kayla Mills with four and redshirt junior forward Reilly Parker with three.
Despite having so many offensive opportunities, the Trojans only had two corner kicks in the double overtime match.
Trojan keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made two saves on five 49er (4-2-2) shots for her third clean sheet of the year.
In the first half, the Trojans put six shots on frame, but none closer than a rip from Molen in the seventh minute that grazed the crossbar. The Trojans had another opportunity when Andrews slipped in a nice through pass to Sydney Sladek in the 11th minute, but her shot ran wide.
Because of hot conditions at McAlister Field, the Trojans and 49ers took a water break in the 21st minute. After that break the Trojans were even more relentless on the attack, as a Parker line --drive shot forced goalkeeper Ashton McKeown to make her first save of the day. In the 23rd minute Molen makes an outstanding run and is tripped up by a 49er defender just outside the box. Andrews takes the free kick, but there isn't enough room for the drop as it skids over the crossbar. The Trojans continue to pound the goal, but cannot come up with a score, as Mills finishes off the half with a free kick that runs high in the 44th minute.
The Trojans continued the offensive onslaught in the second half, outshooting the 49ers 11-2 in the period. The Trojans spend the first three minutes of the half in their offensive third, drawing their first corner of the match in the 53rd minute. Molen gets her head on it, but McKeown makes a diving stop. She would follow up with two more header opportunities in the next five minutes, but can't find the back of the net.
After the second half water break in the 67th minute, the Trojans struggled to regain their rhythm of possession and the game became a back-and-forth battle. The Trojans regained offensive steam towards the end of the half, but the defensive-minded 49ers kept the game tied through regulation.
The Trojans had just one shot in the first OT period, but crashed the final third in the second overtime. The team tallied five shots to the 49ers' zero, as the 49ers were content to focus on packing it in defensively to lock in their staunch defense which has only given up three goals all year. Andrews had shots in the 101st and 106th minutes, while Mills had a strong crack that went high in the 102nd. Sladek was also up there firing, with one slicing wide right in the 104th minute. The final whistle blew after the second overtime and the Trojans finished their first overtime contest of the year in a 0-0 tie.
The Trojans will regroup before heading out on the road this weekend, where they will be in action at Pacific at 7 p.m. on Friday night.