Trojans Win W-League Championship|
July 30, 2013
Two members of USC's 2007 NCAA Championship team rejoined forces this past summer, along with a current Trojan, to lead another squad to top honors. USC grads Ashley Nick and Kasey Johnson teamed up with USC senior Elizabeth Eddyas members of the Pali Blues team at the W-League Championships. The Trojan trio made the journey across the country this past weekend, competing in the W-League's final four. By the weekend's close, Nick, Johnson and Eddy were champions, having won the W-League title in Florida.
Nick -- who currently serves as USC women's soccer's Director of Operations -- added yet another championship to her resume with the victory. Named the MVP of the W-League Championship, Nick also boasts an NCAA Championship as a Trojan and a Dutch League championship as a former member of the professional team Twente FC, in the Netherlands.
Johnson had been a freshman on USC's 2007 national championship squad and has since returned to the pitch in battling back from injury to join the Pali Blues roster this summer, playing this past weekend in the semifinal match. Eddy, meanwhile, is setting up for her senior season with the Women of Troy. The speedster has scored 10 goals so far in her USC career, with eight assists and a set of Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors from 2011. Eddy and Nick played the full semifinal match, which went into overtime and saw Nick serve up the winning assist. In the final, Nick played the full 90 and Eddy started the match and played 77 minutes. Prior to the championship tournament, Nick was also named to the W-League All-League Team as a midfielder.
Although unable to make the trip to Florida, Trojan grad Ashley Freyer was also a key member of the Pali Blues' winning season. A proven scorer, Freyer competed throughout the summer to help get the Blues on a path to Florida.