Now entering her final season at USC, Meagan Holmes stands out as the Trojans' ever-dependable anchor in the back. Her calm and knowledgeable presence is coupled by a fearless ability to get her head on the ball.
2008: Returning from last season's knee surgery, Holmes got back to her defensive role and started 15 of the 16 games in which she appeared... Was sidelined for a stretch during the middle of the season due to injury, but returned for Pac-10 play and to help the Trojans make another trip to the postseason.
2007: Holmes suffered an ACL tear after starting the first five games of the year, sidelining her for the remainder of the season... Had scored one goal in USC's win over UC Santa Barbara... Granted a redshirt season due to the season-ending knee injury sustained against Georgia on Sept. 14.
2006: Once again, Holmes helmed a powerful Trojan defense that generated a program-high 14 shutouts on the year... Started all 21 games as a sophomore... Scored two goals, providing the second goal in wins over Harvard (Sept. 3) and Eastern Washington (Sept. 15)... Named to All-Pac-10 Second Team and was twice selected to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week.
2005: Holmes started on defense for USC in all 21 games in her freshman year... Received All-America honorable mention from SoccerTimes... Selected to SoccerBuzz's Freshman All-America First Team as well as the West Region All-Freshman Team... A member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, and earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention... Scored twice and took nine shots... First career goal came in a 6-0 win over Indiana on Aug. 28... Scored again in a 2-0 win over Colorado on Sept. 9.
NATIONAL TEAMS: A member of the U.S. under-20 team that placed first at the 2005 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Qualifying Tournament in Mexico... Made the U.S. under-19 team for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championships in Thailand, helping the team to a bronze medal... Played in five games at U-19 Worlds, giving her a total of seven international caps... Played for the under-17s in 2003 and 2004 and under-16 squad in 2001 and 2002.
HIGH SCHOOL: Holmes was the No. 3 top recruit in the nation in 2005 according to SoccerBuzz...Ranked the No. 2 defender in the nation by Student Sports and No. 5 overall player... Named to the All-State First team her freshman, sophomore and junior years... Played just one game of her senior year due to national team commitments... An All-South selection in 2001 and 2002 and named an NSCAA All-American in 2003... With her club team, Bethesda Excel, she won state and regional titles in 2003 and 2004 (U-16 and U-17)... Her U-16 club team finished second in the country, and was third as U-17... In 2005, her U-18 team reached the national championship game and lost to USC teammate Amy Rodriguez's club team in overtime... Named to the Baltimore County/All-City Academic Team in 2002 and was an honor student all four years at Dulaney High... Also competed in indoor track as a freshman and sophomore... Her U-18 Bethesda Excel club team was a 2005 state and regional champion, marking Holmes' sixth club regional title.
PERSONAL: Holmes is majoring in public policy and development... Parents are Carl and Carmen... Has one brother, Damon... Hopes to learn how to surf... Favorite movie is `Billy Madison'... Birthdate is Feb. 21, 1987.
GP-GS Shots Goals Asts Pts GWG
2005 (Fr.) 21-21 9 2 0 4 0
2006 (So.) 21-21 10 2 0 4 0
2007 (Jr.) 5-5 8 1 0 2 0
2008 (RS-Jr.) 16-15 3 0 0 0 0
Career 63-62 30 5 0 10 0