Trojans Battle With No. 1 Bruins, Eventually Fall 2-0 On Record-Setting Night|
Nov. 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's soccer team played the No. 1 UCLA Bruins toe-to-toe for 79 minutes, but eventually fell 2-0 to the visiting Bruins in front of a NCAA regular season attendance record-setting crowd of 10,128 at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Friday evening.
"This was an amazing, amazing atmosphere and environment to perform in," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight to help us set the attendance record. UCLA was the better side tonight and showed their championship meddle. I think it was a great opportunity for us to play in this type of environment to prepare us for the NCAA Tournament if we are so fortunate to be selected."
The game was also Senior Day for the Trojans' (12-6-2, 6-5 Pac-12) four seniors - Heather Davis, Jessica Musmanno, Alex Quincey and Caroline Stanley, playing their final regular-season game for the Trojans.
Stanley was a star for the Trojans, making eight outstanding saves - a season high for the senior who single-handedly kept the Trojans in the game at many points. The Trojan defense was outstanding throughout the entire match.
The Bruins outshot the Trojans 24-3 in the game, and held the Trojans to no shots until Katie Johnson had the first shot in the 70th minute.
The Bruins got on the board in the 79th minute as senior Kylie McCarthy came through, attacking a rebound off a Stanley save, taking a few dribbles near post and depositing it far post. McCarthy then scored again in the 87th minute off an assist by Ally Cortnall with a shot from the right side, across the goal to the left corner.
The Trojans will await their postseason fate, with the NCAA selection show live on ncaa.com at 1:30 p.m. PT on Monday, Nov. 10.