Katie Johnson Hits A Hat Trick In 5-1 Win Over LMU
Sept. 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 23 USC women's soccer team scored three goals on three shots in the first 10 minutes of action today en route to a 5-1 win over visiting Loyola Marymount at McAlister Field. USC sophomore Katie Johnson had a hat trick by halftime, making her the first Trojan to hit a hat trick since teammate Elizabeth Eddy did so in 2010. USC's 5-1 win also marked the most goals scored by the Women of Troy in a single game since that same 2010 season. Today's victory snaps a two-game slump and ups the Trojans' overall record to 4-2-1. LMU goes to 3-5-0 with the loss.
With senior Jordan Marada back in the lineup and head coach Ali Khosroshahin back on the sideline after both served one-game suspensions last game for red cards delivered last week, the Women of Troy quickly found their winning groove. In the third minute of play, USC pieced together a swift scoring series, as Kayla Mills sent a ball into the box. Marada was there for a header that kept the ball in the air for Johnson, who hit home the opening goal with a looping header over LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger. Exactly four minutes later, Marada caused even more trouble for the Lions defense when she delivered the centering pass for fellow senior Eddy. Eddy gathered it and fizzed her shot off Jagger and in to get the USC advantage up to 2-0 in the seventh minute.
Just before the 10-minute mark clicked onto the board, Johnson struck again. She'd take another Mills pass in from the right side and zip her score in to the low left post from the top of the box, and the Trojans were enjoying a 3-0 lead with 80 minutes still left to play in the match.
The onslaught would hit a lull from there, as LMU worked to find an answer. It would come in the form of a speedy Tawni Martino, who made it her mission to go on the offensive in the 18th minute. She'd sail in a perfect shot from the left side, booming a long ball all the way to the far post to get the Lions on the board.
Surrendering the goal did not deter the Trojans, however. Johnson was ready for more, and less than a minute later, she had dumped another goal into the back of the net. The sophomore matched her freshman season total in just 19 minutes of play today as she used her head once more for her third of the day. Marlee Carrillo launched a long throw in from the right sideline. Alex Quincey got a head to it, and Johnson was there for cleanup duty as she drove in another to mark a hat trick for the young Trojan.
Up 4-1 on the Lions, USC continued to use its possession game to newer perfection. Megan Borman nearly got on the board with a goal of her own when she went big with a diving header that whizzed just wide of the goal. In the 39th minute, Marada was ready to give the LMU defense another headache. The senior went rogue and sent a rocket on goal from about 20 yards out. The shot had so much power that Jagger was helpless to stop it, getting the touch but seeing the ball rip through to the back of the net for Marada's first goal of the year.
That put the Trojans up 5-1 on the Lions with halftime approaching. The drama of the first half would ease in the second half, with both teams creating opportunities but no more goals allowed through. All stayed silent on the scoring front through the last 51 minutes of play, and the game would wrap up as a 5-1 USC victory. By the final horn, two Trojans had made their 2013 debuts, with Nosa Ogiamien and Tamara Mejia both checking in for duty today. Freshman goalkeeper Ashlynn Ramos also made her first appearance at McAlister Field, hauling in her second save of her USC career during her 16 minutes of action in goal today.
The Women of Troy return to McAlister Field for more action next week. USC will host Florida Atlantic at 3 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 19) before taking on Cal State Fullerton at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 22).
#23 USC 5, LMU 1
SHOTS: USC 22, LMU 13
CORNER KICKS: USC 6, LMU 1
FOULS: USC 10, LMU 6