Trojans Take Care of Oregon State with 2-1 Victory in Pac-12 Opener |
Sept. 26, 2015
LOS ANGELES – The USC women’s soccer team took care of business to open up the Pac-12 slate, defeating visiting Oregon State, 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at McAlister Field.
The Trojans dominated the physical match, outshooting the Beavers 23 to five.
Just before the half, Johnson finished off her team-leading fourth goal of the year. The Trojans mounted a nice attack from the back, and Hailey Hite one touched a square ball to a waiting Reilly Parker on the left flank, who delivered a perfect cross to the waiting Johnson in the middle of the six yard box. Johnson elevated and connected on the header to the right corner to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute.
In the 59th minute, Molen, who led the team with seven shots in the match, was finally rewarded for her efforts. After a cross came from the right side, Jamie Fink took a shot near post that Beaver goalkeeper Bella Geist saved, but not cleanly and off the bobble, Molen was there to slam home what would be the eventual game-winning goal. The finish is her first of the season and second of her career.
In the 85th minute, the Beavers got on the board with a strong finish by Greta Espinosa, who finished the header far post as she got away from her defender.
Trojan keeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made one save on the day, while Geist of Oregon State had six.
The Trojans head out on the road next week, visiting Washington State for a 7 p.m. PT match on Thursday, October 1, before visiting Washington on Sunday.