Trojans load up with Pac-12 academic honors for 2013.
Women of Troy will tangle with the rival No. 2 Bruins at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Drake Stadium.
Alex Quincey comes up big again in the Bay Area with the winner vs. the Cardinal.
USC snaps a scoreless skid with a sharp equalizer from Alex Quincey.
A united group, the Women of Troy are bound and determined for greatness in 2013.
2013: Pitalo appeared in 17 games, making four starts for the Women of Troy as a sophomore.
2012: Pitalo played in all 19 games and started six as a freshman... Scored two goals... First career goal as a Trojan was vs. Saint Mary's... Also scored at Arizona.
HIGH SCHOOL: Pitalo competed in soccer, basketball and track and field at South Salem High in Oregon... Was a three-time all-league first-teamer and three-time all-valley selection...Named 2010 and 2011 Offensive Player of the Year by the Statesman Journal... Honored as 2011 Female Athlete of the Year by Salem Sports and Breakfast Club... Earned first-team all-state honors from The Oregonian in 2010 and 2011... A nominee for Oregon Sports Awards 2010 Prep Athlete of the Year... Scored 66 goals and had 47 assists in career, including 24 goals and 19 assists as a senior... Played club for Cascade FC, Osurego Southside and Portland Rain, winning State Cup with Cascade in 2008... Competed for Region IV and Oregon ODP... An honor student.
PERSONAL: Pitalo is majoring in sociology and minoring in social entreprenuership... Parents are Thomas and Jeanette... Has four siblings, Ben Johnson and Valerie, Alicia and Holly Pitalo... Enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with family and friends... Lists Jess McDonald of the Portland Thorns as her biggest sports hero "because she fights hard on the field and is kind off it"... Favorite foods are teriyaki and Mexican food...Favorite TV show is Madmen...Favorite artists are Reggea-SOJA, Iration, J Boog...Would like to travel to Switzerland and Sweden... Hopes to work with non-profits after graduation... Active with Athletes in Action, member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Sigma Theta honor society member... Born Jan. 25, 1994.