The USC women’s lacrosse team extended its unbeaten streak to start the season, defeating the San Diego State Aztecs 14-6 Sunday. In a game where the Trojans looked to win in a blowout, the Aztecs kept fighting back.
“I think we had to fight today, you know, I don’t think it was our best day,” USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “San Diego State really pushed us. They’re a really physical, gritty team, and so I think we had to really get back to basics.”
It was not all Trojan momentum to start the game. The Aztecs began the game scoring two goals within the first five minutes thanks to redshirt junior attacker Lexi Tan and senior midfielder Emily Resnick.
It did not take long for USC to answer, however, as the Trojans went on a run of six unanswered goals within a nine-minute span. Juniors attacker Sophia Donovan and midfielder Kelsey Huff scored two goals each during this run as the Trojans’ defense gave the offense more opportunities. Graduate attacker Emily Concialdi also scored two goals in the first half, the second of which came with less than two minutes remaining.
USC’s defense would not give up another goal the rest of the half, entering the break with a 7-2 lead.
The second half started out as a back-and-forth affair between possessions for each team. USC maintained its stout defense from the first half, not allowing a goal until the 9:44 mark to sophomore midfielder Cailin Young. USC already had a 10-goal lead at this point.
The Trojans scored seven more times in the second half, including Huff’s third goal of the game and fifth of the season. She finished the game with six shot attempts and two forced turnovers.
“I think we kind of just played off each other really well,” Huff said. “I mean, I think we can do so much better than this, but a win’s a win. I feel like at some points we got a little close and [got] flustered a little bit.”
Young led the Aztecs in goals scored with two late goals in the game.
The Trojans are now 4-0 to start the season, including two wins over nationally ranked teams. Munday hopes to keep their momentum going as Pac-12 play begins. There are currently three ranked teams in the conference: No. 13 USC, No. 18 Colorado and No. 24 Stanford.
“You know, our motto this year [is] we just want to improve each and every day,” Munday said. “There’s a lot to learn from this game and so we just need to get some rest, enjoy it, but be ready to go to work next week and continue to improve.”
USC begins Pac-12 play this Friday at 3 p.m when it takes on Stanford at McAlister Field.