Trojans Defeat No. 21 Auburn 2-0, Sweep Auburn Soccer Classic|
Sept. 4, 2016
“A big thank you out to Karen [Hoppa] and Auburn soccer for welcoming myself and the team back. It was great to be home and to bring the team here to play at a place where I have so many fond memories,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. “In today’s game, I thought the team played really well. I thought we missed some chances early, and then gave away too many late, but we found a way to finish it off in a tightly-contested game. It was very impressive to get two shutouts against two SEC opponents on the road. We are still not where we want to be, but we are getting there.”
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was once again outstanding for the Trojans, tallying eight saves for her third-straight clean sheet. She was named Co-MVP of the Auburn Soccer Classic, sharing the honor with Iowa State goalkeeper Lindsey Hendon.
The first goal for the Trojans came in the 26th minute, off a corner kick taken by Kayla Mills. The ball popped out and off an Auburn defender, finding Molen who took a shot that ricocheted off two different defenders, past goalkeeper Sara LeBeau. The goal is the second of the year for Molen.
The Trojans outshot Auburn 9-7 in the first half and settled into the game. Prudhomme had four saves in the first half.
Arguably two of the best scoring opportunities for Auburn came at the beginning of the second half, but Prudhomme came up with two big saves in less than a minute span off shots from Auburn's Ellie Leek to keep the Tigers off the board. Prudhomme totaled four saves in the second half.
The Trojans added a second goal in the 77th minute that silenced the Tiger crowd. After a few different miscues by the Tigers as they failed to clear the ball out of their defensive final third, it found Anthony who turned and delivered a beautiful shot for her fourth goal of the season.
The Trojans have now won three-straight contests and haven't surrendered a goal in those three games.
They return to Los Angeles and will host Loyola Marymount on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT in their home opener at McAlister Field.