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Allardyce continued: “There was one spell when we won six, drew three and only lost one, we would have all loved to repeat that, but it has not been quite within our capabilities. “The reasons why are clear in my mind. Some of the players that were top drawer when they joined us for the first time this season have found the pace of the Premier League a little tougher going, while injuries are a big factor again. “We have won without Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia – you tell me anybody else that has four regular players missing that would have got results?” After the international break West Ham will head to bottom club Leicester and Allardyce is targeting a record points haul since their promotion back to the Premier League. “We still have more of the teams below us to play than the teams above us and if we continue how well we have done, not losing, we will pick up a good few points,” he said. “Hopefully we will finish a bit stronger and come back with a bit of a bang.” Allardyce remains relaxed over his contract, but cannot stop speculation linking him with the summer vacancy at Sunderland. “I am doing what I did here in year two, my contract was running out then, we overachieved that year,” the 60-year-old said. “At the end of the season we will look at the squad and say ‘it is capable of this, but not able to sustain that’. “We have got more players that when we get players in, which everybody has to do to grow and get better, they are better than what we have got to make sure we can sustain the growth we are achieving at this moment in time.” Press Association West Ham recorded their first Premier League victory since January 18 when a late goal from Diafra Sakho gave them a 1-0 win over Sunderland at Upton Park, in what was head coach Dick Advocaat’s first match in charge. Allardyce hopes the squad can regroup after the international break to push on and secure a positive ending to the campaign. “Everybody’s expectation grows, mine did,” said Allardyce, who is out of contract in the summer. “We all expected we wouldn’t have as big a slip, not in our performances, but in points gained as we should have done, and it should have been an awful lot more. “When you are in the dizzy heights of fourth at Christmas you have got to try to maintain that and we haven’t been able to. “If we were carrying on the way we were, then on our points total per games, we were going to finish in the top four, although we probably knew that was not going to carry on. “Some of our best performances have come when we have not won. “We would have had accolades still had we held on to victory against Manchester United and Tottenham, still been eulogising about our season because then we would have beaten Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City, while only to lost Everton and Crystal Palace below us, so that is how good this season has been.” The Irons were left dreaming of a sustained challenge for European qualification following a superb opening 10 Barclays Premier League games, which included wins over both Liverpool and Manchester City, to leave them as high as fourth place. However, since the turn of the year, a bad run of injuries coupled with a some frustrating results, such as conceding late equalisers to both Manchester United and Tottenham, saw them slip down the table. Sam Allardyce accepts everyone’s expectations grew following West Ham’s impressive start – including his own, but maintains his team can still make the most of a positive season.
The women’s soccer team continued its red-hot start to the season with resounding victories against Cal Poly and Pepperdine over the weekend, improving its record to 3-0.The Women of Troy claimed their second victory of the season on Friday as they defeated Cal Poly 6-1. While the performance was far from perfect, the Trojans showed many glimpses of why they are one of the best teams in the country.“I like the way we started the game, I liked the intensity, I liked the way our forwards finished in the first half,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said after Friday’s win. “I wanted a little bit more out of the second half, but it’s hard to sustain that mentally. My expectations are greater, but overall a great day. [I] got to see a lot of players play, so I thought for the most part it was good.”The scoring frenzy started with senior forward Leah Pruitt, who played one of her best games for the Trojans to date. She scored 2 goals within the first 10 minutes of the game and assisted on one later in the game. Pruitt looked phenomenal on the ball, dribbling past the goalie for both her goals, showing composure on the ball and magnificent touch. While the Trojans have many high caliber players on the team, Pruitt’s performances will be key this season if they look to make it far in the NCAA tournament.“I think it was really awesome how we came out and scored a lot of goals early,” Pruitt said. “I try to stay composed when I’m close to the goal and I saw the goalie coming out and it worked both times.”Redshirt junior forward Natalie Jacobs also claimed a goal from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 within 10 minutes. The remaining goals came from sophomore midfielder Tara McKeown, junior right-back Ashleigh Plumptre and freshman striker Penelope Hocking.Although she didn’t claim a goal against Cal Poly, redshirt sophomore Savannah DeMelo also contributed to the win. Most of the midfield play went through DeMelo, who had a strong touch in her game against the Mustangs.The Women of Troy carried their momentum into Sunday by routing Pepperdine 5-0. This was quite an impressive feat for the Trojans as the Waves had not allow a goal at home in over 900 minutes of play dating back to last season.After the first half, the game seemed close as the Trojans were only leading 1-0, courtesy of a goal from DeMelo following a great linkage of play, including a brilliant cross into the box by McKeown and a good pass from Plumptre to allow DeMelo to simply tap it into the bottom corner of the goal.The goals just seemed to flow in the second half as DeMelo scored another goal from the penalty spot following a foul on Jacobs that led to her exit from the game. Additionally, freshman forward Penelope Hocking showed great composure as she put another one past the goalie to make the score 3-0. Hocking has looked impressive coming off the bench in her last two games for the Trojans. McKeown got in on the scoring party as she put away the fourth goal for the Trojans after beating two defenders on the dribble and putting away a hard, low shot. The Women of Troy were gifted their 5th goal after a Waves’ defender headed the ball into her own net to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead and put the game out of reach.The Women of Troy looked impressive this weekend and certainly look like a top team after having scored 11 goals in two games. They haven’t scored more than 4 goals in a game since 2014 when the Trojans put 9 goals past Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Now, the Trojans have scored 5 or more in two consecutive games, and both against defensively sound teams. While in years past the Trojans’ strong suit has been defense, this season they look to have found an offensive groove.The Trojans will travel to No. 5 Florida State in their next game on Friday which will quickly be followed by a trip to No. 6 Florida on Sunday — two high-profile matchups that will test the team.