USC takes out California in the title match today to wrap up the Trojans' third straight SoCal crown.
Tabbed No. 2 in the nation entering 2014, the Trojans are defying the odds and gunning for another crown.
Trojans top St. Francis Brooklyn 10-3 in the NCAA semifinals to move into tomorrow's championship game.
Trojans take down the top seed 18-13 for a big postseason boost.
Redshirt junior Rex Butler carries the Trojans with a four-goal performance.
THIS SEASON: Carden enters his third season of competition at USC.
2013: Carden scored 18 goals as a redshirt sophomore... A member of the NCAA Championship roster... Set career high with four goals scored vs. Pomona-Pitzer... Scored in 12 games with three multiple-goal outings.
2012: Carden scored eight goals as a redshirt freshman... Scored in four games, with two-goal outings in each game... First career goals were against LaVerne in USC's season opener.
2011: Carden redshirted his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: Carden was an All-American as a senior at Junipero Serra High in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.... Also was an All-CIF Division I pick and earned second team all-county honors in 2010... Named to all-league first team... Team reached CIF semifinals in 2008 and CIF finals in 2009... Set his high school career high with 12 goals scored in one game... Also swam two years at Serra... Played club for Dan Point Aquatics and OCWPC, currently playing for Trojan WPC, winning gold with the 21-under team at the 2011 Junior Olympics.
PERSONAL: Carden is majoring in policy, planning & development... Parents are Robin and Minette... Father played water polo at Grossmont and at Long Beach State... Lists Lance Armstrong as his biggest sports hero... Has always wanted to travel the world... Hopes to one day start his own business... Born Sept. 2, 1992.