Anthony's Brace Leads No. 4 Trojans to 3-0 Victory at No. 22 Colorado|
Oct. 30, 2016
BOULDER, Colo. -- Behind a brace from Colorado native Alex Anthony, the No. 4 Trojans tallied a convincing 3-0 victory over No. 22 Colorado at Prentup Field on Sunday afternoon.
"That was a great team win today," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "It was the sharpest performance we have had in a while, from beginning to end, aside from the first 10 minutes. I thought we defended exceptionally well today. Offensively we kept the ball better than we have in a while and put them under pressure, which allowed our defense to be solid. All in all, we beat a good Colorado team today that will do well moving forward in the rest of the season and the NCAAs."
The shutout victory is the 12th on the season for the Trojans and the 11th individually for goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme, who is already the USC single-season record holder for most shutout wins in the regular season.
The brace for Anthony is just the second multi-goal game of the year for the redshirt junior striker, who liked the home cooking as she hails from Littleton, Colo. The first came in the first game of the year at Santa Clara on August 19.
The Trojans struck first in the 23rd minute. After Savannah Levin was fouled at the top of the box, Morgan Andrews took a free kick that was saved by the Buffs' keeper Jalen Tompkins, but Anthony was there to put away the rebound, putting the Trojans up 1-0.
Then in the 36th minute, Levin found she had plenty of space up the left side, deciding to take it herself, finishing near post for her second goal of the year. The finish put the Trojans up 2-0 at the half.
Through the first half, the Trojans outshot the Buffaloes 6-2 and had three corner kicks to just their one. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme had one save to her name through the first half.
In the second half, the Trojans continued to hold possession and play their game. In the 67th minute, Anthony decided to do her best Levin impression, once again seeing the space, dribbling right to the post and finishing near post to give herself the brace and the Trojans a 3-0 lead.
The Trojan defense stymied a tough Colorado offense all game, holding them to just 11 shots, most in the second half.
The Trojans head home and will get ready for a big crosstown rivalry match against UCLA on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Tickets are just $10 for individuals and $5 for groups and can be purchased by visiting www.usctrojans.com/tickets. Don't miss out on this marquee crosstown rivalry game being played at one of the finest soccer venues in the U.S.