Women's Soccer
    USC Popping Up In National Polls

    The Women of Troy are winding up for a big season in 2013.

    Aug 13, 2013

    The USC women's soccer team weighs in on the national scales to open the 2013 season. The Trojans are on the board with 15 votes in the NSCAA preseason poll, and are holding down the No. 49 spot in the nation according to a new, computerized poll -- BennettRank.

    The Trojans recently kicked off their first day of 2013 practice as a team, combining a group of skilled returners from 2012 with a crop of young new talent ready to begin their USC careers. The 2013 Women of Troy -- under head coach Ali Khosroshahin -- officially open their season on the road at San Diego State on Aug. 23. USC's home opener at McAlister Field is set for Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. against Cal State Northridge.

    The 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's Preseason Poll puts the Women of Troy just six spots out of the top-25, even with Auburn with 15 votes from the NSCAA coaching organization. The Trojans' last appearance in the NSCAA top-25 was in 2011 as the No. 25 team in the nation to start the season. USC boasts the status of the first Pac-12 team ever to win a women's soccer NCAA Championship after the Trojans won it all in 2007.

    This year, USC is one of seven Pac-12 teams in the first-ever BennettRank national preseason poll. The BennettRank system will generate a weekly national poll for all divisions of women's soccer. Designed to provide the highest Performance-based PredictionTM for head to head play, BennettRank is 100% computer model-driven and derived from the analysis of over 12,000 games played during the 2012 season. Delivering a revolutionary improvement over traditional rankings, BennettRank's proprietary algorithms weigh each team's historical performance directly related to all other teams in their individual divisions and conferences. The rankings are modeled to be the best predictor of who would win if two teams played today.

    For more information on BennettRank, and to check preseason and weekly rankings, go to www.BennettRank.com



    The Pac-12 Coaches Poll also was released today (Aug. 13), with the Women of Troy coming in at No. 8 with 65 total points behind a tie at No. 6 between Oregon State and Washington State with 70 points each. USC finished in that sixth-place slot last season at 3-6-2. The Trojans played eight overtime games during their 11-game Pac-12 stretch in 2012.

    For the complete Pac-12 Coaches Poll, go to www.pac-12.com