Trojans Picked to Finish Tied for Third in Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll|
Aug. 10, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – USC women’s soccer is selected to finish tied for third in the Pac-12 by a vote of the Conference’s coaches, it was announced Monday morning.
The Trojans, who are receiving votes in the NSCAA preseason poll, received a total of 91 points, including one first place vote. California was also tied with the Trojans for third with 91 points. Stanford was selected first, with 114 total points, tallying eight first place votes. The Bruins were just three points behind the Cardinal with 111 total points, including three first place selections.
The Trojans finished the 2014 season in fourth place, which is where the coaches projected them to finish in the preseason poll. The team finished with a 12-6-3 overall record and was 6-5 in the Pac-12. Under then first-year head coach Keidane McAlpine the Trojans made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, but fell in the first round in penalty kicks to local rival Pepperdine.
In 2015, the Trojans return nine starters, including highly decorated defender Kayla Mills who earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors in 2014. The Trojans bring into the fold 11 newcomers, including four key transfers. Two of those are expected to make big impacts for the Trojans right away in Oregon State goalkeeper transfer Sammy Jo Prudhomme and Notre Dame midfielder transfer Morgan Andrews.
The Trojans start their 2015 slate against Texas Tech in the New Mexico Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. on Friday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.
The first home game of the year at McAlister Field is set for Friday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. vs. San Diego. For tickets, visit GetTrojanTix.com or call 213-740-GOSC.