No. 7 Trojans Drop Tough 1-0 Contest to No. 14 California|
Oct. 9, 2016
LOS ANGELES – The No. 7 Trojans dropped a heartbreaker to No. 14 California with a Golden Bear goal in the 86th minute, as the Trojans fell 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field.
The Trojans (10-3-0, 4-1-0 Pac-12) saw their winning streak snapped at a school-record 10 games, as today’s loss is the first for the team since August 26.
“We played a very well-coached Cal team that executed their tactic very well. I thought they were better than us in the first half, while we were a little better in the second half,” explained head coach Keidane McAlpine. “There were two very good goalkeepers on display in this great women’s soccer match, with Sammy Jo Prudhomme for us and Emily Boyd for the Bears. They were difference makers today. We will learn from this game and will get ready for ASU next weekend.”
The Trojans outshot the visiting Bears (11-2-1, 4-0-1 Pac-12) 20-18 in the tightly-contested match, where both sides had multiple scoring opportunities. The Trojans were even with eight shots in the first half, while the Trojans had 12 as they pushed for that game-winner in the second half as compared with the Bears’ 10. Alex Anthony led the way for the Trojans with seven shots in the game (three on frame), while Morgan Andrews was second with five shots, three on goal.
Trojan goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was outstanding in the match, making big stop after big stop, many on one-vs.-one opportunities for the Bears. She set a new USC personal record with 11 saves in the match. Her career record is 15 saves made during her sophomore season at Oregon State.
In the 86th minute, the Bears broke through, finishing on a through ball played up to forward Abigail Kim, from Mia Corbin. Kim was one-vs.-one with Prudhomme, and just finished with a slotted ball to the far right post from the middle of the box, as the ball hit on the ground tipped off the post and into the goal.
Kim and fellow forward Ifeoma Onumonu led the Bears with four and five shots, respectively on the day.
Bears goalkeeper Emily Boyd was also strong in the match, coming up with some huge saves of her own to keep the Trojans off the board with eight saves on the day.
The Trojans will regroup and head back on the road next weekend, traveling to Arizona State to face the Sun Devils at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.