No. 22 USC Has Home Opener On Tap For Friday
Looking for a third straight win, the Trojans host Cal State Northridge at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field.
Aug 27, 2013
USC Soccer Release
The No. 22 USC women's soccer team is back in town this week and taking aim at its best season start since 2007 when Cal State Northridge comes to Troy for the Trojans' home opener. USC (2-0) is set to square off against the Matadors (0-2) at 3 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 3) at McAlister Field.
THE LAST MEETING
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September 9, 2012
Trojans Draw Matadors 1-1 In First OT Of 2012
The USC women's soccer team got tangled up in its first overtime game of 2012 tonight on the road. Trojan senior Samantha Johnson had a quick answer for a second-half score by host Cal State Northridge, and the match would lapse into OT. Although the shot count favored the Women of Troy, neither team would find the winner, and USC takes its first tie of the year with the 1-1 draw. USC is now 2-3-1 overall, and the Matadors go to 3-1-3.
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USC is back in the national rankings for the first time since the start of 2011, when the Trojans opened the year ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA preseason poll. After their 2-0 start to 2013, the Women of Troy are now locked into all national polls. The primary national coaches' poll, NSCAA, has USC ranked No. 22 in the nation this week. The Trojans also weigh in at No. 13 according to Soccer America this week, is No. 24 according to TopDrawer and BennettRank and No. 25 in SoccerTimes. Cal State Northridge is not ranked.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS
USC's home opener this week will feature the 2013 debut of Food Truck Fridays. Students enrolled in Trojan Fever can receive coupons for free food from the visiting truck, and fans are also welcome to purchase food. For more information on Trojan Fever, visit www.usctrojans.com/trojanfever. And for more information on future game promotions at USC soccer games, visit www.usctrojans.com/soccerpromo
Cal State Northridge is 0-2 to start the season after falling to Arizona State 2-0 and to UCLA 3-0 last week. Last year, the Matadors went 11-5-6 overall and finished second in the Big West at 6-1-2. CSUN played in the NCAA First Round last season, falling to San Diego State 3-0. USC is 3-0-0 all-time against Cal State Northridge with the last game finishing as a 2-1 Trojan victory in 2008 at McAlister Field.
The Trojans emerged victorious from their first road trip of the year, tacking up 4-1 upset win over No. 11 San Diego State before amassing another four-goal outing to beat host San Diego 4-2. USC finished as the only team at the USD Tournament with two wins, and had Elizabeth Eddy and Jamie Fink named to the All-Tournament Team. Against the No. 11 Aztecs, USC was in control throughout and quickly made a 1-0 halftime lead a solid 3-0 advantage with goals three minutes apart from freshman Kayla Mills and sophomore Jamie Fink. Senior Elizabeth Eddy bookended those blast in scoring USC's first and last goals of the match as the Women of Troy locked in on a decisive winning start to 2013. Defensively, the USC's starting back line of Marlee Carrillo, Mia Bruno, Mandy Freeman and Autumn Altamirano did a good job of limiting work for goalkeeper Caroline Stanley who was called to action for three saves in the game. Two days later, USC made another strong statement in San Diego in taking down the tournament host Toreros 4-2. USC roared to life with three first-half goals, including back-to-back goals from freshman Tanya Samarzich to follow sophomore Jamie Fink's opener. The Women of Troy would build a 4-0 advantage on a finish in the box from Elizabeth Eddy before the Toreros managed two late goals against a younger USC lineup to wrap the final scoreline as a 4-2 USC win.
EDDY ON THE LOOSE
Senior forward Elizabeth Eddy opened the 2013 season with a bang, becoming the first Trojan since 2010 to be named Pac-12 Player of the Week, picked as Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 26. Eddy scored the Trojans' first goal of 2013 as she provided the spark for the Trojans in the 7th minute of play en route to a 4-1 upset win over No. 11 San Diego State. Eddy would score the last goal of the game as well on an 89th minute breakaway to cap the 4-1 victory. With two goals on the day, it was the senior's first multiple-goal game since tallying a hat trick for USC during her freshman season. Two days later, Eddy made it a three-goal weekend as she finished off USC's fourth goal again in a 4-2 win over host San Diego. Eddy was named to the USD All-Tournament Team and also moved up the USC scoring ladders to now hold 13 career goals -- the 12th most career goals scored in USC history. The last Trojan to be named conference player of the week was Karter Haug in 2010.
USC's attacking abilities are in full effect. On opening weekend, two Trojans tallied multiple goal games. Senior Elizabeth Eddy scored a pair to help beat San Diego State, and freshman Tanya Samarzich punched in two in the win over San Diego. Sophomore Jamie Fink, meanwhile, drummed up a goal in each game, while freshman Kayla Mills had a strong debut with a goal and assist vs. the Aztecs and then served up an assist against USD. Also racking up some points over the weekend was senior Autumn Altamirano, who assisted on both Samarzich goals vs. the Toreros. Thanks to that balanced attack, USC has posted the most goals in its first two games of any season in program history -- bettering seven goals scored in its first two games of 2007 when the Trojans went on to win the NCAA Championship. That year, USC won its first three games of the season. The Trojans' best season start, though, was in 2000 when USC won five in a row to start the year.
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 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.
DADS & DAUGHTERS
Tickets are going fast for USC soccer's Dads & Daughters Day at McAlister Field -- set for Sunday, Sept. 22 when the Trojans clash with Cal State Fullerton. A $20 package includes two game tickets, lunch for two, a soccer ball and a water bottle. Go to wwww.usctrojans.com/soccerpromo to get to the ticket link.
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.
KICKIN' IT FOR KENYA
Long since serving up the game-winning goal in USC's 2007 NCAA Championship victory, Trojan grad and current Director of Operations Marihelen Tomer has remained hungry to succeed. Now, the USC women's soccer standout is focusing her efforts on an international stage. As founder of the nonprofit organization Luv Way Ministries, Tomer is working to save the lives of children in Kenya. The mission of Luv Way is to build and run a children's home, where Tomer hopes to save the lives of Kenyan children. Luv Way is holding fund-raising events that range from the soccer-inspired Kickin' It For Kenya tournaments, to Komedy for Kenya shows and an upcoming concert. For more information, visit luvway.org
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.