Anthony's Second Half Goal is the Difference as No. 5 Trojans Defeat Washington 1-0|
Oct. 23, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- No. 5 USC got a second half goal from Alex Anthony that went the distance, as the Trojans defeated visiting Washington 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field.
The Trojans (13-3-0, 7-1-0 Pac-12 earned their 11th shutout of the season in the victory, as Sammy Jo Prudhomme put up her individual 10th shutout of the year, making two saves on 11 Husky shots.
"Today I thought our first half was pretty good. In the second half, even though we scored, I thought we were not as deliberate with our final pass as we would like," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. The key today was we won a tight one against a Washington side that did a great job with their organization and tactics. It was a game that is good for us as we move through the season because these are the tight games that you get late in the year and you need to find a way to get a result."
The Trojans had six shots in the first half to the Huskies' four shots, and the score was deadlocked 0-0 at the half.
Anthony came through in a big way for the Trojans, as they came out in the second half with a new-found energy. Just over three minutes into the second half, Leah Pruitt made a nice run down the right flank and fed Anthony the ball with her back to the goal. Her turned her defender at the near post and finished far post from about eight yards away. The goal was her seventh of the year, tying the team lead. The finish was her second game-winning finish of the year.
The Trojans continued to push through a chippy second half, outshooting the Huskies nine to seven, but they were unable to find the back of the net again. The Trojans weathered a late push from the Huskies to even it up, including a corner kick by the Dawgs in the final minute that the Trojans were able to clear away.
The Trojans outshot the Huskies 15 to 11 on the day and tallied five corner kicks to Washington's four. Husky goalkeeper Kaylyn Smith made five saves in the losing effort.
The Trojans will head back out on the road next week, traveling to Utah for a 6 p.m. PT tilt on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Colorado at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The Trojans will then host crosstown rival UCLA at StubHub Center, the home of the LA Galaxy located in Carson, Calif. on Friday, November 4 at 7:00pm. Tickets are just $10 for individuals and $5 for groups and can be purchased by visiting www.usctrojans.com/tickets. Don't miss out on this marquee crosstown rivalry game being played at one of the finest soccer venues in the US.