Early miscues cost Troy in 2-0 loss at Samford
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – Samford scored two first half goals and held Troy to just one shot on goal as the Bulldogs pulled out a 2-0 win on a rain soaked field at the Samford Soccer Complex on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (1-0-1) landed it first goal in the 11th minute when Malcanisha Kelley eluded a pair of Troy defenders and fired a shot from 10 yards out that skipped past Mikki Lewis. Troy (1-1-0) surrendered a second goal in the 39th minute after a pass along the backline was intercepted by Olivia Cole and pass ahead to Jermaine Seoposenwe. Lewis flew off her line to meet the ball, Seoposenwe pushed it past the Troy keeper and tapped it into the net.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Troy pressured Samford early, but a mistimed pass on the backline led to the Bulldogs second goal and took the air out of the Trojans for the half.
“I think we came out a little flat, especially after so much time on the road this weekend,” head coach Jason Hamilton said.
“They came out and won all the dirty stats. They beat us to the first ball and the second ball. I don’t think either team played its best soccer, but they took advantage of two mistakes and we weren’t able to respond.”
Troy plays its home opener on Friday against Belmont in the Trojan Classic. The Trojans are 2-4 all-time against the Bruins, but won last season’s matchup by a 2-1 score.
- Samford holds an 9-1 advantage in the all-time series against Troy.
- Sunday marked the first multi-goal loss for Troy since a 2-0 defeat at Texas State in 2014.
- The game was delayed for over an hour as a lightning storm moved through the Birmingham area 45 minutes before kickoff.