Troy soccer routs Alabama State 4-1

TROY, Ala. ( ­- The Troy soccer team fell behind in just the 6th minute but came roaring back as the Trojans routed Alabama State, 4-1, on Tuesday at the Troy Soccer Complex.

After the Hornets scored in the opening minutes, Troy responded with a goal off the head of Maddie Brune in the 17th minute on a free kick by Alex Huynh; it was Brune’s first career goal. Two minutes later, Emily Stearns scored for the first time as a Trojan on shot from the top of the box.

In the 60th minute, Kate Lorenz lobbed a pass to Lynsey Kelly who chested the ball down to Brooke McKee, who dribbled through a pair of defenders and scored from the penalty spot. Alison Watkins fired a shot from distance in the 80th minute that struck the crossbar and fell to Amber Harless, who planted the goal; the first of her career.

Troy played 26 players in the match allowing several players to get minutes as well as others to rest as the team is in the midst of a five-game-in-10-day stretch.

The Trojans took 23 shots in the match compared to just three by Alabama State. Individually, Brooke McKee led the way with five shots.

“We had some players really show us some things today,” head coach Jason Hamilton said. “We had some players that haven’t played that much really step up and show that they deserve to be on the field.”

Troy (4-1) travels to UT Martin on Friday before tangling with Ole Miss in Oxford on Sunday. The Rebels recently fell out of the NSCAA Top 25 poll.

• Emily Stearns scored her fifth career goal, but first as a Trojan. She scored four times at Nova Southeastern as a freshman.

• Sydnay Tucker started in goal for the Trojans for the first time this season. The sophomore started twice last season.

• Freshman Gretchen Cagle played the final 45 minutes at goalkeeper. It was her first collegiate action after she received a redshirt at Tennessee last season.

• Sophie Wilson made her debut for Troy coming on as a substitute in the second half. Mecca Cobbin saw her first action of 2016 after suffering a minor injury in the team’s exhibition against Alabama on Aug. 14.

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