No. 4 Trojans with the Equalizer, Play Utah to a 1-1 Double Overtime Draw|
Oct. 27, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 4 Trojans played to a 1-1 draw through double overtime with host Utah on Thursday evening at Ute Field.
“This was a great Pac-12 game,” said head coach Keidane McAlpine. “Both teams made some big time plays. I was very pleased with how we competed. Taylor [McMorrow] scored an outstanding goal. We just weren’t as efficient as we needed to be in the final third. We have another big test on Sunday against Colorado so we need to let this one go and focus on improving for that match.”
The Trojans (13-3-1, 7-1-1 Pac-12) found themselves in a position that have not been in much this season – down 1-0 after a 73rd minute goal by Utah’s Max Flom, who finished off a shot far post from about 20 yards out.
However, the Trojans answered just six minutes later with an outstanding strike by freshman Taylor McMorrow, who took a pass from Savannah Levin inside the box and with a quick turn, she fired an absolute laser inside the left post to tie the game up, 1-1. McMorrow's equalizer was just her second of the year.
Throughout the match the Trojans came up with big saves, including a huge team save in the 17th minute, as Levin headed a ball off the line off a corner kick to save a sure fire goal. The Trojans had plenty of chances themselves, including a Morgan Andrews shot that fired off the crossbar in the final minute of the regular season. The rebound of that shot was collected and put into the back of the net by Sydney Sladek, but it was whistled back because she was deemed to be offsides.
After an evenly-matched first half, the Trojans exploded for 11 shots to the Utes’ four in the second half, but were unable to put away more than one. They also outshot the Utes in both overtime periods by a total of six to three. Overall the Trojans had 23 shots to the Utes’ 11.
Trojan goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme had her current shutout streak snapped at 345 minutes after the 73rd minute finish by Utah. She made five saves in the match, to July Mathias of Utah’s nine saves. The Trojans have another big test coming on Sunday, Oct. 30 as they travel to No. 22 Colorado for an 11 a.m. PT match.
Then the Trojans return home to host No. 9 UCLA at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Tickets to the crosstown rivalry match can be purchased at usctrojans.com/stubhub.