No. 19 USC’s offense was unstoppable in the second half of its game against No. 20 Washington Friday at the Coliseum, scoring five goals to take down the Huskies 5-0.
Junior forward Penelope Hocking got things started in the second half, scoring three consecutive goals starting in the 52nd minute. Hocking has now scored eight goals this season, including four in her last two games.
“She’s a quality forward,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said of Hocking. “If you give her enough looks she’s gonna find her way. I thought this was a breakout game for her; she looked like she was comfortable.”
In the 63rd minute, senior forward Tara McKeown dribbled the ball into the box, shaking off three Huskies before slipping the ball past the Washington redshirt junior goalie Olivia Sekany and into the net. It was her fifth goal of the season.
The scoring didn’t stop there as freshman forward Katie Roditis earned her first collegiate goal. Roditis was surrounded by four Huskies when she got the ball inside the box and was able to chip it in for the Trojan’s final goal of the night.
“She’s been working so hard,” McAlpine said of Roditis. “We’re just happy for her, she’s been putting in the work and she deserves it.”
The Huskies kept the Trojans on their toes, playing a physical game. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Kaylie Collins came up with five saves on the night, securing her fourth shutout of the season.
This victory over Washington earns McAlpine his 100th win with the Women of Troy, which is a milestone he said he wasn’t aware of.
“It feels good,” he said. “It’s hard to believe. I knew nothing about it. That was a bonus for the evening.”
Looking back on his career, McAlpine couldn’t help but feel grateful for the past players that he’s coached.
“When you think about 100 wins, you have to think about all the women that were here before and helped me get to that number,” he said. “I think this team represented what all of the women before them were all about and what they helped build in terms of the way the program is today.”
USC will look to keep its momentum going and earn its third consecutive win Sunday against Washington State at the Coliseum.