No. 17 Women of Troy With Dominating 8-1 Home Opener vs. UC Riverside|
Sept. 5, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The No. 17-ranked USC women's soccer team set records as it took care of UC Riverside in dominating fashion, putting up a program-high eight goals in an 8-1 victory at McAlister Field on Friday afternoon.
The Women of Troy (4-0-1) are now off to their best start since 2000, when the team began the season 5-0-0.
The records continued to pour in on this home opener, as junior Jamie Fink and senior Alex Quincey both tallied hat tricks, marking the first time the Women of Troy have ever had two players with a hat trick in one match.
"I thought we played well in the offensive end today. Our forward movement was fantastic and that is something that we have been working on in practice, so I am glad it showed today," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "However, I think we need to be better on building our attack out of the back and defending. All in all, I thought it was a great win in our first home game of the season."
The scoring opened in the 12th minute, as Megan Borman rocketed a shot fro0m 40 yards out over the head of the Highlanders' (2-1-1) goalkeeper Elizabeth Silas to put the team up 1-0.
However, the Highlanders were not going to go quiet early, as they scored the equalizer just eight minutes later in the 20th minute, as the team's leading goal scorer Tyler Cunningham found the back of the net off a cross from teammate Celina Valencia.
That is when Fink took the game into her hands, notching a goal on a cross from the left side from Reilly Parker to put the team up 2-1 in the 26th minute. Then in the 33rd minute, Tamara Mejia made an incredible run, taking the ball from midfield and dribbling through a bevy of Highlander defenders until she was taken down in the box, setting up a penalty kick. Fink delivered again to push the Women of Troy up 4-1.
That 4-1 lead would hold through the half, where the Women of Troy outshot the Highlanders 11-2 and collected three corner kicks to their one.
Quincey found the net first in the 39th minute, the first of her three goals on a loose ball at the top of the box that she buried to the lower left corner. The Women of Troy put away four more goals in the second half to set the program record for goals in a game.
Kayla Mills, a goal scorer for the Women of Troy last season found the back of the net for the first time as a sophomore to begin the second half scoring. She took a difficult shot from the right side that bounced off a defender and found the net to make the score 5-1.
Fink cashed in on her final goal of the day in the 76th minute, as Katie Johnson got in on the action, making a perfect cross from the right side to Fink who took a few touches and buried the shot to make the score 6-1.
Quincey completed her hat trick with two goals in about a minute-and-a-half span. First in the 87th Jessica Musmanno got her first point on the season, delivering the assist on a cross from the right side for the on-touch finish. She then got her head on a cross in the 89th minute, as Sydney Johnson came through with a perfectly driven corner kick to Quincey who found the left corner of the goal with her head to put the score at 8-1.
Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley made three saves in the game, all coming in the second half. The senior gave way to freshman keeper Julia Murphy, who made her collegiate debut, playing out the final three minutes between the pipes.
The Women of Troy are off for the remainder of the weekend and hope to pick up where they left off next Friday, Sept. 12 as they host Pacific at 3 p.m. PT at McAlister Field.