A Strong Second Half Propels No. 18 USC to a 3-0 Win at Arizona|
Sept. 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The No. 18 USC women's soccer team came through with a strong second half, collecting goals from Alex Quincey, Katie Johnson and Sydney Sladek to defeat host Arizona 3-0 at Mulcahy Stadium on Friday afternoon.
"I am really proud of the way we finished the game," head coach Keidane McAlpine said. "All the credit goes to Arizona on their approach to the game. It was another hard-fought Pac-12 game. I am proud of the adjustments we were able to make at the half in order to get the result."
In the first half the Wildcats (6-2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) were assertive, collecting a few strong scoring opportunities that the Trojans (7-1-2, 1-0 Pac-12) were able to thwart.
After the quiet first half, the Trojans found their game in the second half, scoring three goals on 11 shots.
Quincey got the Trojans on the board just four minutes into the second half, finding a loose ball off a throw in, and chipping it over the keeper's head from a difficult angle on the right side of the net for her team-leading seventh goal of the year.
Freshman Sladek was a major player for the Trojans in the match, collecting her first point of the day as she drove down the right wing, beating defenders and delivering a cross to Johnson who was waiting far post unmarked to finish the one-touch goal.
With the score 2-0, Sladek delivered the final blow in the 83rd minute. She received the ball halfway into Arizona's defensive half and dribbled through multiple defenders, breaking down the Wildcat defense and slotting the ball past keeper Gabby Kaufman for her first collegiate goal.
Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley recorded her third clean sheet of the season, making some stellar saves along the way, especially in the first half to keep the game tied. All three of her saves came in the first half.
The team will return to the friendly confines of McAlister Field on Friday, Oct. 3 to host Colorado at 3 p.m. PT.