No. 5 Trojans Drop 1-0 Contest to No. 18 UCLA|
Nov. 4, 2016
CARSON, Calif. -- The No. 5 Trojans gave up a 27th minute goal to the No. 18 Bruins and were unable to net the equalizer, falling 1-0 to the visiting Bruins at the StubHub Center on Friday evening.
""First of all, what a game, what an atmosphere. It was some really high-level soccer. I thought the women played a fantastic game. The energy of the fans was unbelievable and as both teams prepare for postseason, I think it gets us ready for that. As much as I am disappointed with the loss, I am really excited for what it has done for women's soccer within the city, getting to play in this venue, it prepares us to represent the Pac-12 in NCAAs," said head coach Keidane McAlpine.
The Trojans (14-4-1, 8-2-1 Pac-12) outshot the Bruins (13-5-1, 7-3-1 Pac-12) 20-11, but were unable to find the back of the net down the stretch. After a close first half, with the Trojans tallying nine shots to the Bruins' seven, but they really put the pressure on in the second half, looking for that equalizer as they tallied 11 shots to the Bruins' four. The Trojans also had six corner kicks to the Bruins four. Katie Johnson led the way for the Trojans with eight shots, including three on frame. Morgan Andrews was next with six shots.
The Bruins scored in the 27th minute, as senior Annie Alvarado delivered a beautiful volley off a missed clearance by the Trojans in the defensive third, netting the rocket into the upper right corner. The goal was her second of the season.
USC goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme tallied, one save, while Bruin keeper Teagan Micah made seven saves.
The loss is just the fourth of the season for the Trojans and just the third time this season that the Trojans have not scored a goal.
With the loss, the Trojans tie for second place in the Pac-12 with Colorado.
The Trojans celebrated the final regular season game for eight Trojans -- Mariela Holguin (student manager), Morgan Andrews, Moriah Early, Mandy Freeman, Katie Johnson, Savannah Levin, Kayla Mills and Sammy Jo Prudhomme.
The Trojans will turn to the NCAA Tournament selection show, set for Monday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. PT. The show will be live streamed here - http://www.ncaa.com/live/player?vid=2016/2726&date=2016/11/07