No. 11 USC Advances to Third Round of the NCAA Tournament with 3-0 Victory Over Princeton|
Nov. 20, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 11 Trojans defeated Princeton 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Klockner Stadium on Friday evening, the largest margin of victory in the postseason by any Trojan women's soccer squad.
Sydney Sladek scored the eventual game winner for the Trojans, while Morgan Andrews continued to find the back of the net at a rapid pace, netting two goals for her third-straight multi-goal outing. The junior transfer now has five postseason goals and counting, the most by any Trojan during their postseason career. She bypasses Trojan great Amy Rodriguez who had four goals in her four-year postseason career.
The Trojans drew first blood in the 12th minute when Sladek drove home a ball that was bouncing around in the six yard box, played into the area by Andrews that the Tigers were unable to clear. The goal was her third of the season and put the Trojans up 1-0.
Trojan postseason super hero Morgan Andrews delivered next for the Trojans, finishing far post from about eight yards out after beating about five Tiger defenders off the dribble. The goal gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
With the half winding down, Andrews put in the effort to win the ball in the Tigers' defensive third. She turned her defender and delivered a shot that deflected off a Tiger defender and found the back of the net near post for her second goal of the match and fifth of the postseason alone.
The Trojans took the 3-0 lead into the half. They outshot the Tigers 10-8 in the first half.
In the second half, the Trojans continued to play staunch defense, while possessing the ball.
In the 64th minute goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made an outstanding save, stuffing Tigers star forward Mimi Asom from within the six yard box to keep the clean sheet. Overall she made four saves en route to her 10th clean sheet of the year. Prudhomme made way to backup keeper Julia Murphy in the 85th minute, giving the sophomore her first action of the year.
Overall the Trojans outshot the Tigers 11-12 and had six corner kicks to the Tigers' four.
This is the first shutout in an NCAA Tournament match where the Trojans advanced since the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament when the Trojans defeated Boston College 2-0. In 2009 the Trojans played Oklahoma State to a 0-0 tie, but they failed to advance as they lost 5-4 in penalty kicks.
The Trojans advance to the third round for the third time in program history and the first time since 2008.
The Trojans will play the winner of the Virginia/UNC Wilmington match in the NCAA Tournament third round on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. ET in Charlottesville, Va.