Women's Soccer
    2012 USC Soccer Takes Shape
    USC soccer has a new look with a new surface and new talent coming for the Trojans.
    USC soccer has a new look with a new surface and new talent coming for the Trojans.

    June 8, 2012

    As the turf at McAlister Field gets a face-lift this summer, the 2012 USC women's soccer team also will have a markedly youthful glow to it thanks to a shining group of new starring talent locked in for the season to come. After the graduation of the last remaining member of the Trojans' NCAA championship team, head coach Ali Khosroshahin has called for a massive group of reinforcements, in the form of 18 newcomers to the Trojan roster.

    "After all the injuries we had last year, there was a huge need to reinforce ourselves," Khosroshahin said. "We feel we've gone out and recruited not only the most talented class that we've ever had here, but also the deepest class. We have been able to bring in reinforcements at every position, and we're very confident in these new players' abilities and their ability to adapt to the way we play."

    In that mix are two transfers, headlined by 2012 spring addition Caroline Stanley, who is tabbed to take over the goal for the Women of Troy. After serving a season at Missouri, Stanley joined the Trojan ranks in the spring and will open her USC career as a sophomore goalkeeper this year. Another sophomore transfer -- who will stand tall in the midfield -- comes in Alex Quincey. At 6-1, Quincey comes to Troy after a year at UC Riverside.

    "Anytime you can pick up players with experience at the Division I level and you're bringing in a large class like we are, it makes the transition easier for the younger players," Khosroshahin said. "These players are fresh off their first year, and their experiences can help guide this big class through the challenges ahead of them. They're both coming in in vital positions for us.

    "Caroline is coming in to play goalkeeper. She's a very good organizer. She communicates well and she's very good with her feet. I expect her to have an immediate impact on this team. Alex is a holding midfielder and we're hopeful that she can step into the shoes of a young Ashley Nick. She's that type of a force in center midfield. She's very technical and comfortable on the ball, and she's also strong in the air."

     

     

    From there, the Trojan youth movement is 16 freshmen strong. Seven of the California natives come in with All-CIF honors to their resumes, joined by representatives from three other states. Those out-of-state imports are Oregon forward/midfielder Whitney Pitalo, Washington defender Dominique Randle and New Jersey goalkeeper Faith Sugerman.

    "Whitney could potentially be the best athlete in this class," Khosroshahin said. "Her hobby is pole vaulting and she's an accomplished soccer player. She has scored a lot of goals and can play multiple positions. Randle is coming off an injury, but she is a very pacey player. She's very technical too, and outside back is her natural position. Faith is an extremely athletic goalkeeper. She's a well-rounded athlete that we see tremendous upside in. I think she's going to be challenging for the starting position."

    The depth charge extends further through 13 California talents heading into Troy. Of that crew, Khosroshahin plans to place Arielle Baptiste, Katie Johnson, April Juarez on the front lines to go with the attacking skills Pitalo brings from Oregon.

    "Arielle is probable the fastest player we've recruited," Khosroshahin said. "She's a very pacey forward who is very dangerous in her ability to get in behind people. We're very excited about her and her potential to develop. Probable the most underrated player in the class is Katie Johnson, who was sidelined for her senior season but is coming back and looking solid. This kid is a finisher and wants to score goals, and I expect her to be on the field for us opening day. April is definitely the most intelligent soccer player in this class. When she adapts to the speed of the collegiate game, she'll be fun to watch. She is very dangerous on the ball and has really good vision."

    Backing up that striking set, Khosroshahin has eyes on six midfielders as the thoroughfare for the Trojan gameplan. Freshman midfielders from that California crop will include Megan Borman, Jamie Fink, Jeanette Jimenez, Erin Owen, Dana Schwartz and Darrah Shields.

    "Megan is very technical, very good in the air and just a very good athlete," Khosroshahin said. "She's just a soccer junkie, and she's another payer who can score goals. Jamie is a versatile center midfielder who can play almost any position on the field. She's very athletic and technical, and could easily be in the starting lineup on opening day. Jeanette is a true talent but was injured last season and will most likely redshirt for us this year.

    "Erin Owen is another up-and-comer. I don't think anyone has seen her best day in soccer yet but she's getting better every day. She can play holding midfielder and anywhere in the back. She's 6-2, and she's agile, and she'll see a ton of minutes for us this year. Dana is a very skilled central midfielder with good tactical awareness, and Darrah is another versatile player who has the potential to play in three different positions."

    As the defensive unit takes shape, Khosroshahin feels he can plug in a reliable rotation of defenders to ward off attackers from the goal where new keepers Stanley, Sugerman and Emily Browne hold their ground. Khosroshahin's defensive-minded freshmen include import Randle along with Marlee Carrillo, Jessica Flores and Amanda Mohajer.

    "Marlee is all business," Khosroshahin said. "She's very athletic and hardworking and determined, and she's very good in the air. She is just a solid all-around center back, and I want her to be our central defender on opening day for us. Flores is a solid outside back and will definitely compete for minutes this year."

    In all, it's a balanced bunch designed to fortify a USC roster that returns 15 players from 2011, including seven of its top-10 scorers from last season.

    Several of those incoming freshman already have Trojan connections in their family trees. Jamie Fink's sister Amanda was an All-American tennis player at USC; Erin Owen's sister Kelly is on the track and cross country teams at Troy; Katie Johnson's sister Isabelle is a senior on the USC soccer team; Jessica Flores has two brothers - Gabriel and Adam - who attend USC; and Emily Browne is the fifth generation of Trojans in her family.

    ARIELLE BAPTISTE
    5-5 Forward • Pasadena, Calif. (Flintridge Prep)
    Arielle Baptiste was a first-team all-league and second-team all-area selection as a senior out of Flintridge Prep in La Canada, Calif.... Also named team offensive MVP as a junior and senior... Team won league championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012... Also competed in track as a sprinter and jumper for three years, winning league titles in long jump and triple jump.. Played club for LAFC, Crown City and FC Golden State... An honor student.
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    MEGAN BORMAN
    5-10 Midfielder • Redlands, Calif. (Redlands HS)
    Megan Borman was her team's top scorer for two seasons at Redlands (Calif.) High with 31 goals... Named to All-CIF Southern Section DII Third Team in 2010 and Second Team in 2009... A two-time all-league honoree... Team reached CIF semifinals in 2009... Also added 16 assists in two seasons... Played club for SoCal Blues, FC Breakaway and Arsenal FC... Won 2008, 2009 and 2010 National Cup championships... A member of 1994 ODP Player Pool in 2007... An honor student.
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    EMILY BROWNE
    5-10 Goalkeeper • Newport Beach, Calif. (Newport Harbor HS)
    Emily Browne was an all-league second team selection in 2011 and 2012 out of Newport Harbor High in Newport Beach, Calif.... Played club for MKSC, West Coast and Slammers... An honor student.
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    MARLEE CARRILLO
    5-11 Defender • San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente HS)
    Marlee Carrillo reached the state final in 2010 with San Clemente (Calif.) High... Also won 2010 and 2011 league championships and reached CIF Division I finals in 2010 and 2011... Played club for West Coast Futbol and United Futbol... Trained at U.S. Under-18 camp in October 2011... Also played volleyball as a freshman... An honor student.
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    JAMIE FINK
    5-9 Forward • Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas HS)
    Jamie Fink was named to the 2012 All-CIF Southern Section First Team as a freshman out of Calabasas (Calif.) High... Also named league MVP as a senior and was the league's offensive co-MVP in 2011... A two-time all-county team selection... Played club for Real SoCal, winning 2004 State Cup, 2004 Cal South National Cup and 2005 and 2011 Surf Cup... Also won 2010 Region IV ODP title and 2011 ODP State Team National Championship... An honor student.
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    JESSICA FLORES
    5-6 Defender • Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (Bishop Montgomery HS)
    Jessica Flores was a three-time all-league first-team selection out of Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance, Calif.... Named to All-CIF first team as a senior... Earned All-CIF third-team honors as a freshman and sophomore... Did not compete as a junior... Played club for Force, South Bay Force and Beach FC.
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    JEANETTE JIMENEZ
    5-7 Forward • San Dimas, Calif. (San Dimas HS)
    Jeanette Jimenez was a member of the Mexican Under-17 National Team... Helped Mexico finish first at 2010 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.... Was named to the all-area first team by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune as a senior out of San Dimas (Calif.) High... Finished career undefeated in league play... Also earned All-CIF Southern Section honors in 2012.. A two-time all-league honoree and league all-academic recipient... Team reached CIF Division VI Championship game in 2011... Played in 69 games with 61 career goals and 38 assists... Played club for Real SoCal, LAFC and Crown City... Active in student government, an honor student.
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    KATIE JOHNSON
    5-9 Forward • Monrovia, Calif. (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy)
    Katie Johnson was an All-American and a three-time all-league first-team selection out of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada, Calif.... Named league MVP as a senior... Also a two-time all-CIF first team honoree... Named league's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010... Team won 2011 CIF Southern Section DI championships and was league champions in 2009 and 2011... Scored 57 goals in her career... An All-Academic Team honoree 2009-11... Won 2011 ODP National Championship with Region IV team... Member of Under-18 National Team pool... Played club for Crown City United and Arsenal FC... Won 2010 National Cup title with Arsenal FC... An honor student.
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    APRIL JUAREZ
    5-5 Midfielder • La Puente, Calif. (Bishop Amat HS)
    April Juarez was a four-time All-CIF first-team selection, including 2011 CIF Player of the Year out of Bishop Amat High in La Puente, Calif.... Also a four-time all-league first-team pick... Named San Gabriel Valley Tribune's Player of the Year three times... Team won CIF championship in 2012... Scored 118 goals during her high school career... Played club for CRSC Infinity, Irvine Strikers and Beach.
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    AMANDA MOHAJER
    5-7 Defender • Laguna Hills, Calif. (Santa Margarita Catholic HS)
    Amanda Mohajer is a 2012 graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif....Played club soccer for Laguna Hills Eclipse and West Coast FC... Defense led league in fewest goals allowed in 2010... An honor student
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    ERIN OWEN
    6-1 Defender • Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (Chadwick School)
    Erin Owen was a four-time all-league honoree our of Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Calif... Named to All-CIF third team in 2009... As a sophomore, named to All-CIF first team and selected to Daily Breeze all-area team... Played club for Slammers, reaching 2012 national championship.
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    WHITNEY PITALO
    5-8 Forward • Salem, Ore. (South Salem HS)
    Whitney 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.
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    ALEX QUINCEY
    6-1 MIdfielder • Chino, Calif. (St. Lucy's Priory/UC Riverside)
    Alex Quincey played one season at UC Riverside... Started 11 games and appeared in 18... Scored one game-winning goal and had three assists... An honor student... Was a two-sport star in soccer and basketball at St. Lucy's Priory in Glendora, Calif.... A two-time all-league first-team selection in basketball in three years... Played soccer as a senior, named to all-league first team... Selected for 1992 ODP Pool... Played club soccer for Arsenal FC, winning 2007 regionals and 2006 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship... An honor student.
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    DOMINIQUE RANDLE
    5-6 Defender • Issaquah, Wash. (Skyline HS)
    Dominique Randle was named ESPN Rise's Player to Watch as a sophomore at Skyline High in Sammamish, Wash.... Team won league and state titles in 2008... In 2009, won state championship again and was named to all-league second team... As a junior, named to all-league first team... Won league title and reached state semifinals... Received 2010 all-state honorable mention... Injured in senior season after named to ESPN Rise's Fall Starting Eleven... As a junior, anchored defense that had 13 shutouts and allowed a record-low nine goals, while adding four assists... 2009 team had nine shutouts... Played club for Eastside FC, winning 2012 state championship... Played in ODP for Region IV and Washington State... Active in student government, an honor student.
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    DANA SCHWARTZ
    5-6 Midfielder • Sunnyvale, Calif. (Homestead HS)
    Dana Schwartz earned all-league honors as a freshman out of Homestead High in Cupertino, Calif... Played club for PSV Union... Involved in Cal North ODP... A scholar-athlete and honor student.
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    DARRAH SHIELDS
    5-5 Midfielder • Redwood City, Calif. (Woodside Priory School
    Darrah Shields was a three-time all-league first-team selection our of Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, Calif.... Also named to San Jose Mercury News' All-County First Team as a senior... Team finished second in league play all four years and reach CIF semifinals in 2011 and 2012... Led team with 19 goals, 11 assists as a senior... Was second with 11 goals as a junior, and leader in assists with 12... Led team in assists as a sophomore with 15, and second on team with 11 goals... Played club for Alpine Strikers FC Pumas and Union FC... Top scorer for 2010 and 2011 Pumas.
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    CAROLINE STANLEY
    5-10 Goalkeeper • Kansas City, Mo. (Lee's Summit North HS/Missouri)
    Caroline Stanley played one season at Missouri before transferring to USC in spring 2012... Appeared in four games, making four saves and allowing no goals.... Has competed with the U.S. Under-20 National Team... With U.S. Under-17 team, played in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying... With Under-15 team, had the penalty kick save to beat Costa Rica... Stanley earned back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year honors from the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association... Posted 11 shutouts and allowing just 18 goals in 21 games during her senior season at Lee's Summit North High in Lee's Summit, Mo.... Had at least two saves in every shootout she's played in... Earned 2010 and 2011 Class 3 first-team all-state honors and was an Examiner All-Area first team selection... Played club for KCFC Intensity, Scream and Pink Panthers... Won four state titles and won 2011 summer nationals with KCFC, making three saves in a shootout to win... An honor student... Was class treasurer.
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    FAITH SUGERMAN
    5-11 Goalkeeper • Mendham, N.J. (West Morris Mendham HS)
    Faith Sugerman earned all-county and all-conference first-team honors as a freshman out of West Morris Mendham High in New Jersey... Also earned New Jersey Honorable Mention in 2012 after team won conference title... Also swam for two years in high school... Played club for NJRFC Jersey Crew, Real Power and NJ Wildcats... Reached 2012 State Cup semifinals with Real Power... Active in student government, an honor student.