Trojans face No. 11 San Diego State on Friday and San Diego on Sunday to kick off their 2013 campaign.
Aug 22, 2013
USC Soccer Release 08222013
The USC women's soccer team kicks off the 2013 season with a journey southward this week. The Women of Troy set up camp on the pitch at San Diego, where USC will first open up with clash against the No. 11 Aztecs of San Diego State at 5 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 23). Two days later, the Trojans rekindle their rivalry with the Toreros, taking on host San Diego in a 1 p.m. showdown on Sunday (Aug. 25).
THE LAST MEETING
September 14, 2012
San Diego, Calif.
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The USC women's soccer team shrugged off a two-goal halftime deficit and plugged in three big goals on the road for a gutsy win over host San Diego. The Trojans picked up momentum throughout the second half, and it seemed a fitting finish when senior Samantha Johnson slotted the game-winner with just 15 ticks to go to lift USC to a 3-2 win over the Toreros. After a winless four-game stretch, tonight's road win is a big boost for USC, which improves to 3-3-1 overall in avenging an early comeback loss to San Diego this season. The Toreros go to 3-6-0 with the loss.
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USC is receiving votes in the NSCAA preseason poll and ranks No. 41 in the BennettRank preseason rankings. San Diego State is ranked No. 11 in the NSCAA and Soccer America preseason polls, and San Diego is unranked.
No. 11 San Diego State is coming off a 2012 season in which the Aztecs went 21-2-1 overall, winning the Mountain West title and reaching the NCAA Third Round. SDSU beat Cal State Northridge and Cal in the first two rounds before falling to UCLA. The Aztecs return their second leading scorer from 2012 in forward Hannah Keane, who scored seven goals and had seven assists last year. USC is 3-5 all-time against SDSU. This will be the first meeting between USC and San Diego State since 2001, when the Trojans beat the Aztecs 2-1 in San Diego.
San Diego is coming off a 2012 season in which the Toreros went 8-11-0 overall and took fifth in the WCC at 4-4-0. USD's top provider in 2012 was Emily Dillon, who had 11 points on the year with three goals and five assists. USC is 8-6-1 all-time against San Diego. Last season the teams met twice, with the Toreros beating the Trojans 2-1 in Los Angeles before USC returned the favor with a 3-2 win over USD in San Diego 12 days later.
HOME OPENER AROUND THE CORNER
The Women of Troy will be within reach of their LA fans soon enough! The Trojans hit McAlister Field for their 2013 home opener next week as USC hosts Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m.
The USC roster is five seniors strong this year, marking a changing of the guard that has brought some standout leadership to the forefront. A transfer last season, Jordan Marada not only was the Trojans' top scorer in 2012, she has fit into USC's veteran core like a charm, as she takes up her senior season as a Trojan alongside Autumn Altamirano, Haley Boysen, Mia Bruno and Elizabeth Eddy. There are three juniors on the list this year, but only Jessica Musmanno began her collegiate career at Troy. Alex Quincey and Caroline Stanley played their first seasons as Trojans last year, but, like Marada, they've taken a natural shine to Cardinal and Gold as they continue to be key forces in the USC gameplan. That group of eight upperclassmen have logged 19,574 minutes and accounted for 34 goals, 25 assists and 95 saves for the Trojans to date.
Ah, the sophomores... Freshman year is but a distant memory for the USC sophomore class, which came into 2012 as a group of 10 new Trojans looking to make their mark. At the close of their first season, they accomplished something that few freshmen classes had managed -- a dramatic win over rival UCLA, which was then ranked No. 2 in the nation. That was the confidence boost the young Trojans needed to charge them up for the next stage in their USC careers, and the 2013 class of sophomores are undoubtedly locked in for more success. Six of them are entering 2013 already with goals on their career count. Katie Johnson had three apiece in 2012, joined by Marlee Carrillo, Erin Owen, Megan Borman, Jamie Fink and Whitney Pitalo with goal tallies last season.
USC welcomes 12 new Women of Troy to the turf for 2013. It's a crew packed with talent and potential for immediate impact on the pitch. U.S Under-20 national teamers Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills and Mexican international Tanya Samarzich may be the headliners, but the 12-pack of new Trojans is clearly deep and versatile. Natalie Donaldson is the only transfer in the mix this season, as the California native comes back west from Auburn.
WATCH THE CLOCK
USC played a program-record nine overtime games last season, going 2-4-3 in that span. What's more, 13 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. Safe to say the name of the game this season will be to get the job done in the first 90 minutes, and the 2013 Trojans certainly have the balance, backbone and firepower to make it happen.
TUNE IN TO THE TROJANS
USC's 2013 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 -- six 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.
The 2013-14 academic year marks 125 Years of Athletics at USC. To celebrate this milestone in USC history, each home football game will be a Reunion Weekend to recognize the accomplishments of the great teams, athletes and coaches of the past. USC women's soccer's Reunion Weekend is scheduled for mid-September, beginning with USC's Friday (Sept. 13) clash with Pepperdine at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field. The reunited Women of Troy are then invited to an Athletes Pre-Game Picnic before being honored at the USC football game vs Boston College the next day (Sept. 14) at the Coliseum. For more information for interested alums, visit usctrojans.com/reunions. Plan on sticking around, too, because USC soccer has another home game on Sunday (Sept. 15) against LMU. Come home and join the fun!
125 YEARS OF GREATNESS
Since fielding a football team in 1888, USC has had an unparalleled athletic tradition, including 120 national team championships, an unprecedented 419 Olympians and 52 NCAA Postgraduate Scholars as the Trojan family celebrates its 125th anniversary this 2013-14 academic year. Including the USC women's soccer team's historic 2007 NCAA Championship victory, USC boasts a grand total of 120 national team championships, including a national-best 82 men's NCAA crowns. Trojan men have won more individual NCAA titles (309) than those from any other school, while the Women of Troy have added another 69 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.