USC Blasts Blackbirds for First Win of the Season

LOS ANGELES USC put together a complete game to post a 22-4 victory over LIU Brooklyn on Sunday (March 9) at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy recorded their first win of the season and improved to 1-2 while the Blackbirds dropped their 22nd straight game and remained winless (0-6) on the year.

Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey led all scorers with four goals and did it on just four shots; one from the eight-meter arc. Cordrey also grabbed a pair of draw controls and had a caused turnover in the contest. Freshman midfielder Alex Moore had three goals for USC and also had two draw controls.

Four other Trojans scored at least two goals each including freshman attackers Annie Ruland, Gabby McMahon, and Kylie Drexel as well as sophomore Kelsey Dreyer. Seven more Trojans each found the back of the net at least once: freshmen Michaela Michael, Shannon Nugent, and Kate Pederson, and sophomores Amanda Johansen, Olivia Gerton, Haleigh Dalmass, and Maggie Mawhinney.

USC played a suffocating defensive game and out-shot the Blackbirds, 40-10. Trojans caused 11 of LIU Brooklyn's 23 turnovers and had 21 ground balls. Johansen and sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton each had three ground balls as did freshman midfielder Danielle Doherty who also had three draw controls and a caused turnover. Dreyer added two ground balls as did sophomore midfielder Eggy Plastaras who had the pair and a caused turnover of her own.

In the net, sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer posted two saves and had a ground ball and a caused turnover in 50 minutes of action. Sophomore Cassandra Collins entered the game for the last 10 minutes but did not face any shots. Danita Stroup had two goals for the Blackbirds while Jenn Peters and Kimberly Kovar each scored once. LIU Brooklyn did all of its scoring in the first half and shot only twice in the second frame. Brittany Rader had four of the Birds' 12 draw controls while Alexi Maldonado produced seven saves in the goal and picked up a game-high four ground balls.

Cordrey opened the books by grabbing the opening draw control before she raced through the Blackbird defense to score the first goal of the game just 18 seconds in. Kovar had the answer just two minutes later to knot the score up at one-all, but the Trojans scored on back-to-back free-position shots by McMahon and Dreyer to pull out to a 3-1 lead. Peters got the goal at 23:58 left in the first to keep LIU Brooklyn within striking distance, but Cordrey's goal one minute later was just the beginning of a 6-0 USC run which she bookended with a free-position goal for a 9-2 lead.

The Blackbirds put a stop to the runaway Trojan train as Stroup scored her two goals less than two minutes apart. That was as close as LIU Brooklyn would get though as the Trojans put up the next 13 goals to close out the 22-4 victory. USC was 7 of 13 on free-position shots in the game and got three with one each from Moore, Drexel, and Dreyer to close out the first half. With just 20 seconds remaining, de Lyra found Michael crashing the crease and hit her in stride for the goal and a 14-4 lead at the half.

Like she did in the first half, Cordrey started things off in the second half as she scored unassisted to extend the Trojan lead to 15-4. De Lyra dropped off another perfect pass to Drexel for a shot and a goal with 26:27 left in the game. Dalmass and Ruland each scored unassisted before Mawhinney put one through for a 19-4 lead on her free-position shot with under seven minutes to go. Shannon Nugent went into the record books with the first shot and first goal of her collegiate career before Gerton and Pederson closed out the game with their goals.

The Trojans remain home and open the MPSF schedule with a visit from UC Davis (3-0) on Friday, March 14. Last season, USC posted a 12-7 win over the Aggies in Davis, Calif., and went 5-3 in conference games. The game is set for 4:00 p.m. PT and will be streamed live on


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