On the Road Again, Women of Troy Head to the Notre Dame adidas Invitational|
Aug. 28, 2014
Notre Dame adidas Invitational
THIS WEEK The USC women's soccer team remains on the road this weekend, traveling to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame adidas Invitational starting on Friday, Aug. 29 when the team will face Iowa State at 5 p.m. ET. The Women of Troy will then suit up against host No. 10 Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE The Cyclones are 1-1 on the season, after defeating Mississippi State 5-1 in their season opener last Friday on the road and then falling at Mississippi 1-0 in Oxford. The Cyclones took a 3-0 lead against Mississippi State, before allowing a goal, and then following up with two more scores of their own. Adalie Schmidt scored two of the five goals, while Maribell Morales tallied two assists. Goalkeeper Andrea Swanson recorded seven saves on the weekend. The Cyclones are under the direction of first-year head coach Tony Minatta, who had been an assistant for the last two seasons.
This is only the second time the two teams have met, with the first time coming on Aug. 29, 1997, where the Women of Troy won 5-1 in Ames, Iowa.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME The Fighting Irish are under the leadership of new head coach Theresa Romagnolo and are off to their 19th 2-0-0 start. The team moved up five slots from the preseason poll to be ranked No. 11 in the NSCAA rankings. Senior forward Lauren Bohaboy tallied two goals in the team's win vs. Oakland and led the roster in goals after the regular season's first weekend. Sophomore midfielder Morgan Andrew was named to the first 2014 TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week, as she tallied three assists on the Irish's six goals over the weekend. The Irish defeated Illinois 3-1 on the road and then returned to South Bend and defeated Oakland 3-0.
The Women of Troy are 0-2 all-time vs. Notre Dame. The first meeting between the two storied universities on the pitch came on Sept. 1, 2006, where the Trojans fell 2-0 in South Bend. In 2010, the programs met on Nov. 14 in the NCAA Tournament, where the Irish ended the Women of Troy's season as USC fell 4-0.
PRESEASON ACCOLADES The Women of Troy went 1-0-1 at the USD Tournament last weekend to open the season. The team defeated Long Beach State 1-0, after a diving header goal from senior Alex Quincey in the 79th minute was the game-winner for the Trojans. Savannah Levin and Tamara Mejia both got the assist on the goal, as Levin delivered the ball to Mejia down the right flank and Mejia one-touch crossed the ball to Quincey. In game two vs. tournament host San Diego, the Women of Troy took a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute as junior Megan Borman put away the goal off a deflection of a shot from Katie Johnson. The Toreros answered in the 32nd minute to tie the game. That 1-1 score would hold up through the rest of regulation and the two overtime periods. The Trojans outshot San Diego 13-6, but were unable to find the back of the net.
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.