Trojans Drop 14-7 Decision to Princeton

LOS ANGELES USC (3-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped by Princeton (3-3) in a 14-7 loss to the Tigers at McAlister Field on Wednesday, March 19. The Women of Troy trailed by just two at halftime, 6-4, and had two-goal games from three players, but it wasn't enough to overcome Princeton's second-half surge.

It truly was a tale of two halves for the Trojans who maintained contact with the Tigers at the outset. Princeton out-shot USC, 11-9, in the first half even though the Trojans controlled the draw six out of 11 times. But the Tigers came to life in the second half and won eight of 12 draws to out-shoot USC, 15-8. The disparity helped Princeton put up an 8-3 goal differential to close out the game.

Sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra scored two goals and picked up USC's only assist on the day. She also had a ground ball in the game. USC freshmen Michaela Michael and Alex Moore each had two goals as well. Michael added a ground ball and Moore had two draw controls. Moore's two goals came on free-position shots. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Johansen controlled the draw twice and picked up a ground ball to go with a caused turnover.

On defense, sophomore goalie Liz Shaeffer had three ground balls and a caused turnover while sophomore defender Kelsey Dreyer had three ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton and freshman defender Gabby McMahon each also caused two turnovers for the Trojans.

Tiger midfielder Anna Doherty led all players with five goals (two on free-position attempts) and added an assist, two ground balls, and a draw control. Mary-Kate Sivilli, Erin Slifer, and Sarah Lloyd each scored twice while Madeline Rodriguez, Doherty, and goaltender Annie Woehling each had two ground balls. Woehling saved seven of 14 shots faced.

The Tigers struck first as Slifer scored on an assist from Lloyd, but Lloyd's goal just one minute later put Princeton up, 2-0, four minutes in. USC had an answer as freshman attacker Annie Ruland found the back of the net on a free-position shot before Michael dove to the goal unassisted to knot the score at two-all with 20:32 to go in the half. The tie was short lived however as the Tigers ripped of a 3-0 run on goals from Bruno, Sivilli, and Doherty, to lead, 5-2, at the 15-minute mark.

USC got a pair back when Michael scored off a de Lyra pass and then de Lyra scored unassisted just a minute later to pull the Trojans within a goal, 5-4, with 8:25 to halftime. Princeton had the final goal of the first half as Doherty scored her second of the game unassisted at the 6:52 mark for a 6-4 Tiger halftime lead.

Princeton carried its momentum into the second half as Slifer and Doherty scored back-to-back goals to take a commanding 8-4 lead on another 3-0 run. De Lyra answered at 20:55 to get USC within three goals again, but that was as close as the Trojans would get. Princeton had another 3-0 run in it as Lloyd, Erin McMunn, and Sivilli scored to put the Tigers up, 12-6, with just 8:01 left to play.

Now up against the clock, the Trojans worked to get Moore a free-position shot at 7:04. Moore's second goal of the night brought USC to within five goals at 12-7 but the Trojans couldn't overcome the Tiger defense down the stretch as Princeton tacked on two more goals to seal a 14-7 win.

USC plays its first road game of the year as the Trojans go across the country for a game against No. 9 Massachusetts (7-0) on Saturday, March 22. USC and UMass will draw at 12:00 p.m. ET at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass.

2014-03-20



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