No. 12 USC Finishes Up Nonconference Schedule with 2-0 Victory Over Kansas|
Sept. 16, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- No. 12 USC closes out nonconference slate with a 2-0 victory over Kansas on Friday afternoon at McAlister Field.
The Trojans (6-2-0) are now riding a six-game shutout streak, tying the school record, previously set in 2006. They have not allowed a goal in 564 minutes, dating back to the 66th minute of the match against Long Beach State on August 26.
"Kansas did a great job with their tactics today and we did not match their level. I thought it was a poor game for our team, but we came out with the win," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. I am really happy for Sammy Jo [Prudhomme] and the defense because they got another shutout. However, I am even more excited for Leah [Pruitt], getting her on the board today with her first Trojan goal. Looking at the big picture, I think it was a good nonconference season for us and today's game will definitely help us refocus for the Pac-12 schedule to come."
After a scoreless first half, where the Trojans and Jayhawks (5-3-1) both had chances on goal, including early opportunities for the Jayhawks. However, in the second half, the Trojans came out with a different mindset.
It did not take long for sophomore Leah Pruitt to find the back of the net for the first time in her USC career, blasting a left-footed shot from 23 yards out, finishing in the upper right corner of the net to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.
The Trojans continued to dominate possession in the second half, outshooting the Jayhawks 14-5 in the half. The Jayhawks had a few opportunities off transition.
In the 87th minute the Trojans put the game out of reach, as Sydney Sladek took advantage of a Jayhawk miscue, as they were unable to cleanly clear a Trojan cross from the right side, and she finished it off the ricochet within the six-yard box. The goal was her second of the season and put the Trojans up 2-0 for the final few minutes of the match.
Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made two saves in the match, both coming in the second half for her sixth-straight clean sheet. Kansas' goalkeeper, Regan Gibbs made four saves in her first start of the season as she took the loss.
The Trojans now have a week off to prepare for Pac-12 play, as they open the schedule next Friday, Sept. 23 against Arizona at McAlister Field. Game is set for 3 p.m. PT and will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. For tickets, visit http://www.usctrojans.com/tickets/usc-tickets.html.