Women's Soccer
    No. 23 USC Opens 2015 Slate at NM Lobos Invitational

    Aug. 20, 2015

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    The No. 23 Trojans, fresh off their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 since 2010, open up the 2015 slate at the New Mexico Lobos Invitational, facing Texas Tech on Friday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. PT and then reigning national champion Florida State at 9:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, Aug. 23.

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    Friday's meeting will be the first time the Trojans and Red Raiders will meet in soccer.

    The Trojans are 2-2 all-time vs. the reigning national champions. The last tine the two squads met was in the 2007 College Cup final, a match the Trojans won 2-0 to win the 2007 national championship.

    Consistency is key to this year's group, which returns nine starters from last season and adds strong reinforcements in college transfers Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Morgan Andrews and Amanda Rooney. Six true freshmen also join the fold of 20 returners, led by impact defender Ally Prisock.

    Trojan fans will see a new goalkeeper in 2015, as three-year starter Caroline Stanley graduated and is currently competing for the Seattle Reign of the National Women's Soccer League. Fortunately, the Trojans have a good one waiting in the wings, as redshirt junior Sammy Jo Prudhomme has patiently sat out the last season after transferring within conference from Oregon State last year. Prudomme, a Pac-12 All-Freshman team honoree in 2012 made 188 saves for the Beavers in just two seasons. Senior Faith Sugerman and sophomore Julia Murphy round out the goalkeeping core and the group has had competitive sessions all camp.

    The Trojans return the entire back line with Whitney Pitalo, Dominique Randle and the highly-decorated Kayla Mills, who earned All-Pac-12 and NSCAA West Region honors in 2014, as well as being named the No. 15 player nationally by TopDrawerSoccer. Joining the strong core is freshman Ally Prisock, who entered school a semester early and was able to hit the ground running this fall. Redshirt freshman Abigail Callahan also adds more depth in the back, along with U.S. Youth National team alum Mandy Freeman, who is being transitioned to the midfield, but can still play in the back.

    Mandy Freeman will anchor the midfield, along with highly-touted transfers Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame) and Amanda Rooney (North Carolina). Returning veterans Erin Owen, Jamie Fink and Dana Schwartz, along with rising sophomore Nicole Molen provide an outstanding midfield for Troy.

    One big hole that the Trojans will have to fill is the loss of 2014 leading scorer Alex Quincey's 10 goals. Fink was tied for second on the team with six goals and McAlpine hopes she can find the back of the net more often this season. Those joining Fink at striker this season to fill the void left by Quincey are redshirt junior Reilly Parker, seniors Tamara Mejia and Natalie Donaldson, sophomore Sydney Sladek and freshman Olga Langenskiöld.

    USC's 2014 schedule features eight televised games for the Women of Troy. The team will play four games at home and four 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.

    Junior defender Kayla Mills was named the No. 15 player nationally by TopDrawerSoccer, while transfer midfielder Morgan Andrews was named the 40th-best.

    USC's Amy Rodriguez started collecting championship hardware as a Trojan, her winning efforts spanning the 2007 NCAA Championship with USC before stepping onto the Olympic gold-medal podium in Beijing and London with Team USA. She also won the NWSL title in 2014. Now, Rodriguez and her fellow U.S. National Team members have given the U.S. its third star, as the team won the 2015 World Cup in Vancouver, Can. Rodriguez made her first start in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup against China in the quarterfinals after seeing her first 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup action against Sweden on June 12, 2015.

    A program record number of USC women's soccer players earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors in 2014. The Trojans had one player earn placement on the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team, while 11 others earned honorable mention. The program's 12 selections tied just Washington for the most out of any team in the conference. Moriah Earley led the group by receiving Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honors. 2014 senior Jessica Musmanno earned her third All-Academic Honorable Mention, while senior Alex Quincey and then-juniors Megan Borman, Jamie Fink, Katie Johnson, Erin Owen and Whitney Pitalo became two-time honorees as Honorable Mentions. Then-juniors Natalie Donaldson and Tamara Mejia, and then-sophomores Savannah Levin and Kayla Mills were all recognized as Trojan academic standouts.

    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 (317) than those from any other school, while the Women of Troy have added another 70 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.