December 2, 2016
ON TO THE FINAL
Trojans get past Georgetown 1-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Katie Johnson scored in the 60th minute to give the USC Trojans a 1-0 win over the Georgetown Hoyas in the NCAA semifinal to advance the team to the NCAA Women’s College Cup final on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium.
The two-seeded Trojans (18-4-2) continued their incredible run through the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the program’s second NCAA Final after the victory over another two-seed in Georgetown (20-3-3).
“What a game,” said third-year head coach Keidane McAlpine. “I thought Georgetown was absolutely fantastic. A lot of respect goes to that team and the season they had, especially their performance tonight. I thought they had a very well-played game. I’m super proud of this team. We were on the back foot for a large part of the first half. In the second half, we caught our breath and found a way to get in the game and find the goal that was necessary.”
The Trojans hung with the Hoyas in the early goings of the match, with the team’s stellar defense locking down early as the team settled into the match. About halfway into the first half the Trojans settled down and were able to get some offensive opportunities.
At the half the Hoyas outshot the Trojans 5-2, and goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made one save in the half.
The Trojans regrouped at the half, and came out a different team.
Prudhomme had to make a big save off a corner kick in the 50th minute, but after that the Trojans went on the offensive, tallying shots from Sydney Sladek and Leah Pruitt.
In the 60th minute, the ball popped out on the left side of the box and Pruitt passed it back to Morgan Andrews, who delivered a one-touch pass to K. Johnson, who received the ball in the box with her back to the goal and turned her defender to her right and finished far post to put the Trojans up 1-0.
The Trojan defense locked in for the rest of the half, thwarting the Hoyas attack multiple times.
The Trojans have a few other chances to pull the game out of the Hoyas’ reach, as a header by Pruitt hit the post and a wonderful cross by Alex Anthony saw Daria Petredes fouled inside the box, but there was no call.
The victory is the Trojans’ 16th shutout of the season and fifth of the postseason.
The Trojans are set to face West Virginia in the NCAA Final on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.