Final-Minute Heroics Propels Trojans to 1-0 Victory Over No. 22 Washington State|
Nov. 2, 2014 Katie Johnson played hero, finishing off a 50-50 ball to give the USC women's soccer team a 1-0 victory over No. 22 Washington State in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon.
On the game, head coach Keidane McAlpine said, "I am extremely happy for our team because on a day where we weren't great, we found a way to win and this time of year that is all that matters."
The game was the first time McAlpine and his staff returned to Pullman, where they coached the Cougars from 2012-13. On his return to the Palouse, McAlpine said, "Coming back to Washington State is difficult, but I am proud of that team and I know they are going to do great things in the NCAAs."
After a fairly even first half, the Trojans (12-5-2, 6-4 Pac-12) weathered storm after storm in the second half, as the Cougars had nine corner kick opportunities to the Trojans' three and tallied nine shots.
Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley came up with some outstanding saves down the stretch, finishing her day with five saves.
In the 90th minute, Johnson struck for her sixth goal of the season and second of the weekend, as a ball was played up into the box and Johnson fought through the defender, winning the 50-50 ball and finishing the ball into the back of the net.
The Trojans held on through the final seconds, despite some issues with the game clock to win their fourth-straight game.
The Trojans return home to close out the regular season and celebrate Senior Day on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT as they host No. 1 UCLA in the Coliseum.