Trojans Jump Out Early, Defeat No. 20 Pepperdine 3-0|
Aug. 28, 2016
MALIBU, Calif. – The Trojan offense came alive for three goals in the first half, putting away No. 20 Pepperdine early, cruising to a 3-0 victory at Tari Frahm Rokus Field on Sunday afternoon.
“I am extremely happy with the first half of this game,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. To play a dangerous team like Pepperdine getting early goals and good commitment defensively to limit their shots and chances I think established a rhythm for the game. In the second half I think we gave up a little too much and they showed the heart and determination that great teams have and really pressed us, but I am really happy that the team held on to get a shutout today.”
The Trojans (1-2) got on the board in the 19th minute as a Waves defender was whistled for a handball in the box, leading to a penalty kick. Morgan Andrews put away the kick for her first goal of the year.
With the 1-0 lead, the Trojans took advantage of an outstanding combination, as Alex Anthony delivered pass up to the streaking Katie Johnson who beat her defender and delivered an outstanding cross to the waiting Sydney Sladek far post, finding the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead. The goal was her first of the season.
The Trojans added one more in the waning minutes of the first half, as the opportunistic Taylor McMorrow was waiting far post after a cross from Sladek was misjudged by Waves goalkeeper Hannah Seabert and tipped off her gloves to the waiting McMorrow who put away her first collegiate goal.
At the half, the Trojans outshot the Waves 14-7 and had one corner kick to the Waves’ none. In the second half, the Trojans continued to have scoring opportunities, however, the Waves showed fight and had some chances of their own. Both sides had five shots in the second half and Trojan goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made four saves, all in the second half.
Overall the Trojans outshot the Waves 14-7 and tallied two corner kicks to the Waves’ one. With the team’s first victory, it is goalkeeper Prudhomme’s first win as well, along with her first shutout of the year.
The Trojans will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 2 as they head to Auburn, Alabama to play in the Auburn Soccer Classic against Georgia.