TROY, Ala. – The Troy University soccer team knocked off Tennessee Tech 3-0 in the final game of the 2014 Trojan Classic on Sunday at the Troy Soccer Complex. It marks the third consecutive win of the season for the Trojans.
Troy (3-2) has now won six straight games and nine of its last 10 at home dating back to 2013. It was also the third consecutive clean sheet for the Trojans and marks the first time the team has reeled off three consecutive shutout wins since 2010.
"I thought we played well. Again, we wanted to get off to a fast start and I think we did a good job of that," head coach Jason Hamiton said. "We have some tough matches coming up, so it was good to see a solid performance in some tough conditions."
With temperatures in the mid-90s, the Trojans were able to create some early chances. Chelsey Williams got a decent look in traffic in the fifth minute, but pushed the shot right. Four minutes later, she took a pass and went for goal, but a Tennessee Tech defender was able to block the shot and thwart the effort.
In the 20th minute, Payton Donley intercepted a Golden Eagle pass and passed to Georgia Wallis who and played the ball long to a streaking Alissa Jones. Jones beat the keeper 1-on-1 and punched in Troy's first goal of the match with ease. It was her fourth goal of the season, all of which have come in the last three matches.
The highlight of the match came in the 33rd minute after a shot by Abby Reynolds was parried by the Tennessee Tech keeper and went over the end line for a Troy corner. Louise Cheng played a beautiful ball from the right corner that found Jasmine Fahrnbauer in the center of the box. The junior headed in her first goal of the season and gave the Trojans a 2-0 advantage.
In the second half, it appeared as though Jones scored her second goal of the game after a great run into the box, but she was adjudged offside. The Trojans wouldn't waste any time making up for the missed opportunity, however. In the 63rd minute, Jones received a pass in the middle of the box and quickly found freshman Natalie Melillo to her left, who found the net for her second goal of the season.
Troy took 12 shots in the game while holding Tennessee Tech to just three and none in the second half.
The Trojans will play its sixth match in 12 days as the team travels to face Gardner-Webb on Friday. The Trojans will then get some needed time off before hosting rival Jacksonville State on September 12.
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