No. 10 USC Sets Program Shutout Record; Defeats Arizona 4-0 in Pac-12 Opener|
Sept. 23, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 10 Trojans tallied their seventh-straight shutout, a program record, as they defeated Arizona 4-0 to open up Pac-12 play on Friday afternoon at McAlister Field.
The Trojans (7-2-0) opened up Pac-12 play with a bang, tallying two goals in each half to dismantle the visiting Wildcats (5-3-1).
With the victory, head coach Keidane McAlpine tallied his 100th career victory as a Division I head coach.
"It was a super win for us today. We rebounded well from a lackluster Kansas game," said McAlpine. "I thought the energy was fantastic and it showed in the way we played both offensively and defensively. Arizona is an extremely good team and for us to keep control of the tempo and not let the game get away from us was fantastic. Our bench was great today, but I really thought our starting 11 was exceptional."
Redshirt senior Katie Johnson got the Trojans on the board in the 23rd minute, taking a through ball from Alex Anthony into the left side of the box, and finishing with an outside-of-the-foot bender far post. Kayla Mills played the ball up to Anthony on the goal, and both got in the books with assists on the play.
With a 1-0 lead, the Trojans struck one more time in the first half, as Leah Pruitt, who had just checked in for the Trojans off the bench, finished with a well-struck ball into the lower right hand corner of the goal and defender Julia Bingham played a nice through ball to the sophomore forward.
The Trojans took the 2-0 lead to the second half. At the half, the Trojans outshot the Wildcats 9-3 and neither goalkeeper made a save.
In the second half, the Trojans continued to put the pressure on the Wildcats, and in the 76th minute struck again, as Amanda Rooney one-touched a ricocheted ball that found her feet, with a scorcher to the lower right corner from 20 yards out. The goal is her first of the season.
Junior forward Sydney Johnson capped off the Trojan scoring in the 85th minute, scoring just seconds after checking into the game from the bench. The Trojans switched the field and the ball found Johnson, who dribbled down the left flank to the end line and finished upper deck on a tough angle for her first goal of the year.
The Wildcats were not going to go down easily, however, and forced Trojan goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme to make a game-high six saves all in the second half. Arguably the biggest save of the game came in the 69th minute, as the Wildcats' Gabi Stoian had a header far post, but Prudhomme was able to just get a piece of it, knocking it wide.
Prudhomme anchored the Trojan defense that set a new school record with seven-straight shutouts. The team has now tied the school record in shutout minutes with 654 scoreless minutes. Prudhomme has been between the pipes for 651 of those minutes (backup goalkeeper Julia Murphy was in the net for three minutes of the North Carolina match).
To celebrate the Trojan shutout record, Trojan fans can get two free tickets to the team's big match against highly-ranked Stanford on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. PT at McAlister Field. The keyword is Shutout and fans can get their tickets at usctrojans.com/shutout.
The Trojans will be back in action this Thursday, Sept. 29 as they travel to Oregon for a 4:30 p.m. PT match in Eugene, Ore. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.