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USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

USC players celebrate after defeating Georgetown on Friday night in a College Cup semifinal.
USC players celebrate after defeating Georgetown on Friday night in a College Cup semifinal.
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Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time.

USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the first semifinal.

“What a game,” USC Coach Keidane McAlpine said. “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.”

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The Trojans hung with the Hoyas in the early going as both teams settled into the match. USC goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme had to make a big save off a header in the 50th minute.

Ten minutes later, Leah Pruitt found Morgan Andrews, who delivered a pass in front of the goal to Johnson, who turned and buried the shot in the far corner

“To be honest, I don’t really remember much of the buildup,” Johnson said. “I just remember Leah passed out to Morgan and we made eye contact, she got the ball to me and I turned and shot it. It went by so quickly, I don’t really remember the details.”

The victory was the Trojans’ 16th shutout of the season and fifth of the postseason.

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