Randle Earns Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week|
Aug. 25, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO – USC redshirt junior Dominique Randle earned her first career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of August 17-23, the Conference announced today.
Randle, a native of Sammamish, Wash., led a staunch Trojan defense that held two top-15 teams scoreless for 172 minutes at the NM Lobos Invitational this past weekend.
The Trojans, who went 1-1 on the weekend, shut out then-No. 13 Texas Tech, allowing them only six shots in the match and shored up the defense even tighter in the second half, not allowing a corner kick to the dangerous Red Raiders to go on and win their first match of the season, 1-0.
Then against the reigning national champions and current No. 1 Florida State, Randle and her defense held the Seminoles scoreless for 82 minutes, thwarting multiple attacks. The Seminoles were only allowed nine shots and just four on goal through 90 minutes. They finally broke through in the 83rd minute with the eventual game-winning goal, but that was the only goal Randle and the Trojans gave up through two tough matches.
This is Randle’s first career Defensive Player of the Week nod and the second all-time for the Trojans, as Whitney Pitalo earned the honor last season.
The Trojans return to the pitch this Friday, traveling to UC Riverside for a 7 p.m. match.