Women of Troy Embark on 2014 Campaign Under New Head Coach Keidane McAlpine
Aug. 21, 2014
THIS WEEK The USC women's soccer team is ready to open up the 2014 slate under the leadership of first-year head coach Keidane McAlpine at the USD Tournament at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. The Trojans will face Long Beach State in their season opener at 5 p.m. on Friday before facing host USD on Sunday.
SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE The Beach was picked to finish third in the Big West Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll. The team boasts two Big West Preseason All-Conference Team honorees in senior defender Taylor Nelson and sophomore midfielder Mimi Rangel. Last season the Beach finished with a record of 8-7-3 under head coach Mauricio Ingrassia.
The Women of Troy lead the all-time series with LBSU, 2-1-0. LBSU won the most recent meeting between the two teams, topping the Trojans, 2-1, at McAlister Field on Aug. 19, 2011. The previous two match-ups came in 2005 and 2007. Overall LBSU is 10-8-2 all-time in season openers and Friday's match is the first time that LBSU will begin the season with a neutral-site game.
SCOUTING UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO The Toreros were picked to finish fifth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Sophomore defender Jacqueline Altschuld was the lone Torero to be named to the preseason All-West Coast Conference team. The Toreros are led by Ada Greenwood who has been at the helm for USD since 2003.
The Women of Troy lead the all-time series with USD with a 9-6-1 record, however the Toreros have won four of the last six meetings. The Trojans and Toreros met at Torero Stadium in the first game of the 2013 season, and the Trojans won 4-2.
SEASON OPENERS In the last five years, the Trojans are 2-3 in their season openers. In 2010 the Trojans opened the season vs. the Toreros, and fell 1-0.
PRESEASON ACCOLADES Sophomore Kayla Mills earned Preseason First Team All-Pac-12 honors by College Sports Madness. Mandy Davis and Jamie Fink earned preseason second team honors. Mills also earned Preseason All-American fourth team honors by College Sports Madness. Freeman earned All-Pac-12 honors and Freshmen All-Pac-12 honors last season, while Mills earned Freshmen All-Pac-12 honors, while Fink earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
THE VETS The Trojans boast four seniors in Jessica Musmanno, Alex Quincey, Caroline Stanley and Heather Davis. Stanley is set to be the Trojans' starting goalkeeper for the third-straight season. Last season Stanley started all 20 games in goal, making 78 saves for a save percentage of .757. Musmanno and Quincey provide the Trojans with versatility, and head coach McAlpine expects them to be big contributors on any of the three lines. Overall the Trojans boast 19 returners, including six starters.
Jamie Fink leads a strong junior class, as the Trojans bring back goal-scoring tenacity with Fink (five goals) and Katie Johnson (five goals). Megan Borman will also be looked at to be a big contributor for the Women of Troy in 2014.
THE SOPHS The Trojans boast a strong group of sophomores, headlined by Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills. The Trojans also have strong contributors in midfielder/forward Savannah Levin, who appeared in 17 games last season, making seven starts. The return of a healthy Dominique Randle, now a redshirt sophomore is key for the Trojans in 2014, as she will be able to anchor the defensive line with Freeman.
THE NEWBIES USC welcomes 11 new Women of Troy to the turf for 2014. It's a crew packed with talent and potential for immediate impact on the pitch, led by North Carolina transfer Reilly Parker. Freshman Sydney Sladek was the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and should make a splash for the Trojans from day one, along with Nicole Molen and Sydney Johnson.
THE VETS The Trojans have a new-look coaching staff in 2014. Along with head coach Keidane McAlpine, the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the staff includes former UNLV head coach Jen Klein, one of McAlpine's assistants at Washington State, along with Jason Lockhart, also an assistant for McAlpine in Pullman, wash.
WATCH THE CLOCK USC played seven overtime games last season, going 3-3-2 in that span. What's more, 11 games finished as one-goal decisions, of which the Trojans were on the losing end eight times. In Pac-12 play, all but three conference matches stretched into OT.
TUNE IN TO THE TROJANS USC's 2014 schedule features 10 televised games for the Women of Troy. Of the 20 total games on the Trojans' regular-season agenda, half are scheduled to be televised by the Pac-12 Networks -- eight at home and two on the road. Pac-12 Network personalities Krista Blunk, Tammy Blackburn, Anne Marie Anderson and Kyndra de St. Aubin also return to rotate broadcasting duties throughout the season.
126 YEARS OF GREATNESS
Since fielding a football team in 1888, USC has had an unparalleled athletic tradition, including 122 national team championships, an unprecedented 419 Olympians and 52 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars. Including the USC women's soccer team's historic 2007 NCAA Championship victory, USC boasts a grand total of 122 national team championships, including a national-best 84 men's NCAA crowns. Trojan men have won more individual NCAA titles (311) than those from any other school, while the Women of Troy have added another 71 individual NCAA titles. Four Trojans have won the prestigious Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. Two Women of Troy athletes have won the Honda Cup as the top collegiate female athlete of the year and there have been 15 Honda Award winners as the top female athlete in their sport. USC not only has more Olympians than any school, but more Olympic medalists (287) and gold medalists (135). USC soccer great Amy Rodriguez is a big part of that Olympic tradition as a two-time Olympic gold medalist with Team USA. Thanks in part to A-Rod, a Trojan has won a gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912. Four Trojans were Rhodes Scholars and there have been 31 Academic All-American first teamers. USC claims eight recipients of the NCAA Today's Top Eight scholar award and 13 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners.