Trojans visit OSU on Friday in a Pac-12 Network TV game and face Oregon on Sunday.
THIS SEASON Whitney Pitalo enters her first season at USC.
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 psychology and hopes to pursue a career in social work or criminal profiling... Parents are Thomas and Jeanette... Has four siblings, Ben Johnson and Valerie, Alicia and Holly Pitalo... Enjoys spending time with friends and family, relaxing and watching movies in her free time... Lists Hope Solo as her biggest sports hero... Favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, watermelon and Mexican... Would like to travel to Egypt and Brazil... Hopes to play for the U.S. National Team... Active in volunteer work with Face Aids... Born Jan. 25, 1994.