Women's Soccer
    No. 23 USC Comes Home For TV Debut and More
    The Trojans are back on home turf this week at McAlister Field.
    The Trojans are back on home turf this week at McAlister Field.

    Sept. 10, 2013

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    THIS WEEK
    The No. 23 USC women's soccer team is back in town for a pair of showdowns against local rivals this week at McAlister Field. The Trojans return from a wild road trip to settle in on home turf. USC (3-1-1) will first face off against Pepperdine in a 2:30 p.m. game on Friday (Sept. 13). The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. Then, the Women of Troy will take on LMU at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 15) in a continuation of nonconference competition.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    September 26, 2008
    McAlister Field
    No. 5 USC Serves Up 3-0 Shutout Of LMU
    The No. 5 USC women's soccer team plugged in its sixth consecutive win this afternoon, posting a 3-0 win over visiting Loyola Marymount at McAlister Field. The victory marked the Trojans' fourth shutout of the year and set a new program record for an unbeaten home stretch, as USC has remained undefeated at home for 15 straight games. It was another powerful offensive outing as well by the Women of Troy, who have scored no fewer than three goals in the past five games. USC is now 8-1-0 overall, while Loyola Marymount moves to 4-4-2.

    FOLLOW ALONG
    Live stats will be available for this both games this week. Click on the Gametracker link on the USC soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com to follow along. The USC-Pepperdine match will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, with play-by-play from Rich Burk and analysis from Krista Blunk. Sunday's USC-LMU match will be live streamed online at pac-12.com/videos/university-southern-california

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    RANKINGS
    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. Now with a 3-0 start to 2013, the Women of Troy remain locked into all national polls. The primary national coaches' poll, NSCAA, has USC ranked No. 23 in the nation this week. The Trojans also weigh in at No. 23 according to Soccer America this week, and are No. 29 according to BennettRank. Pepperdine and LMU are unranked, but the Waves are receiving votes in this week's NSCAA poll.

    SCOUTING PEPPERDINE
    The Waves are 2-2-1 overall after losing 2-0 to No. 11 Michigan and 3-2 to Toledo last week. Lynn Williams leads Pepperdine with five goals so far, and goalkeeper Hannah Seabert has made 27 saves with seven goals against in her five appearances. The Waves went 14-7 overall last season with an appearance in the NCAA First Round. USC is 6-4 all-time against the Waves, but the teams haven't faced since 2003 when Pepperdine beat the Trojans 1-0 in Westwood.

    SCOUTING LMU
    The Lions enter the week 3-3 overall after losing 4-0 to No. 4 Stanford and 1-0 to Long Beach State last week. LMU has four different players who have scored once this season. Jocelyn Blankenship has provided one goal and two assists to lead the Lions. Goalkeeper Brittany Jagger has made 17 saves with nine goals allowed in her six appearances. LMU went 9-8-2 overall last season. USC is 7-4-3 all-time against the Lions with the last win coming in 3-0 decision over LMU at USC in 2008.

    LAST WEEK
    USC had a wild road trip to Minnesota last week, as the Trojans took their first tie and first loss of 2013 at the hands of two new opponents. USC wound up with a 1-1 tie against Ole Miss, and then got stuck with a 1-0 loss to LSU. Against the Rebels, USC kept the pressure on through 110 minutes of action in the Minnesota heat. The Women of Troy out-shot the Rebels 5-0 in the first half, but came up empty on the scoring front. In the second half, USC turned up the pressure further and got on the board in the 62nd minute when sophomore Jamie Fink found freshman Kayla Mills for the strike from the far side of the box. The goal marked Mills' third of her young Trojan career. Barely three minutes later, however, Ole Miss answered back, getting an equalizer in the 65th to make it a tense push through regulation. Still even after 90, the teams extended things to overtime. USC forced three saves on three shots in the first 10 minutes of OT. Still, the game was even. In the next overtime, the Trojans remained on the prowl. USC knocked three more shots in the frame, but was off the mark as the match wrapped up in a 1-1 draw despite the Trojans out-shooting the Rebels 14-5 in the game. Against the Tigers, USC had the cards stacked against it. The Trojans were dealt a vicious blow by the referee when a questionable red card put USC down a player after the 27th minute. Even down to 10 players, USC stayed strong, but the Tigers would be gifted a penalty kick -- LSU's only shot on goal in the entire match -- in the 64th minute. The only statistical category that the Trojans didn't lead in the game -- besides the final scoreline -- was ironically the foul count. LSU was whistled for 15 fouls to USC's 12. USC out-shot the Tigers 13-7 overall and 7-1 on shots on goal. USC earned 12 corners to none by LSU, and forced seven saves out of the LSU keeper. But the Trojans were hamstrung by that early red card -- dealt by the referee only to the USC player involved in a mild jostling for position. The yellow card count, too, tipped in USC's favor with three yellows issued to Trojans while LSU earned one. The LSU penalty kick would be the decider in the match, and USC was left with the first blemish on its 2013 record.

    BIG WINNERS ON OPENING WEEKEND
    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.

    OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT
    USC's attacking abilities are in full effect. The Trojans lead the conference in scoring through the first two weekends of action, averaging 4.0 goals and 3.0 assists per game for a grand total of 11.0 points per game. USC's 12 goals scored in its first three games is a program record. What's more, the USC attack is widespread. While senior Elizabeth Eddy leads the team with four goals, four other Women of Troy have gotten to the back of the net. Freshmen Tanya Samarzich (3) and Kayla Mills (2) have combined for five goals, with sophomores Jamie Fink (2) and Katie Johnson (1) providing three more. Assists, too, have come a set of six Trojans, led by Mills with three and Autumn Altamirano with two to date. With eight goals scored in its first two games, USC had bettered the 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 -- a stat the 2013 Trojans have also matched. The Trojans' best season start to date was in 2000 when USC won five in a row to start the year.

    THE VETS
    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 accounted for 34 goals, 25 assists and 98 saves for the Trojans to date.

    THE SOPHS
    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.

    THE NEWBIES
    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.

    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

    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.

    TROJANS REUNITE!
    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!

    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.

    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.