No. 9 USC Defeats Oregon 3-1 for its Eighth-Straight Victory|
Sept. 29, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. -- The No. 9 Trojans saw their shutout streak end at 729 minutes, however the more important streak continues, as they defeated Oregon 3-1 at Pape Field on Thursday evening.
"I thought it was a good road win against an excellent Oregon squad," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. We didn't have our best game, but we found a way to get the win. I thought Leah [Pruitt] and [Hailey] Hite gave us great energy and a boost, especially at the beginning of the second half. I was disappointed in how we gave up a goal tonight. It is time for us to get back to the little things that got us here and start a new shutout streak."
The Trojans scored the only goal in the first half, as Alex Anthony drew a penalty kick as she was taken down in the box chasing down a Katie Johnson thru ball. Morgan Andrews took the kick and buried it to put the Trojans up 1-0 in the 20th minute of play.
The Trojans had other opportunities, as they outshot the Ducks 6-1 in the half, but were unable to find the back of the net.
However, the Trojans started the second half with a bang, quickly putting away the Ducks with two goals in the first three minutes of the second half.
First, Pruitt connected with Sydney Sladek, delivering a cross back to the right-hand corner of the 18-yard box, burying it in the upper corner of the near post for her third goal of the year in the 46th minute.
Then in the 47th minute, Pruitt ran down a ball in front of the box, and passed the ball back towards the top of the 18, where the waiting Hite smartly dummied the pass to the waiting Andrews who delivered a laser from distance for her second goal of the day.
In the 74th minute, Prudhomme, who didn't make her first save of the day until the 71st minute, made an outstanding save over the crossbar on a Kyra Fawcett shot, giving the Ducks a corner kick opportunity.
Off the corner kick, the Ducks had a header shot by Sofia Chambers that was saved off the line far post by Courtney Corrin. However, the ball was bouncing in the box and was eventually put away by Taylor Kuroda at 75:44, the first goal the Trojans have given up since the 66th minute of a match on August 26.
The Trojans shutout streak lasted 729 minutes over nine games, the longest streak in school history.
The Trojans outshot the Ducks 14-11 and goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made five saves, all in the second half.
The Trojans will now travel to Corvallis, Ore., to face the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.