No. 14 USC Women's Soccer Hosts Pacific Before Heading to UC Irvine|
Sept. 10, 2014
THIS WEEK The USC women's soccer team returns to the friendly confines of McAlister Field to host Pacific in its second-straight home match of the season on Friday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. PT. The team then heads back out on the road, visiting UC Irvine for a 6 p.m. PT match on Sunday, Sept. 14.
IN THE RANKINGS The Women of Troy are ranked No. 14 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls this week. The No. 14 ranking is the highest the Women of Troy have been ranked since the second week of the 2009 season when they were ranked No. 12. That year that started off the season ranked No. 8 nationally.
SCOUTING PACIFIC The Tigers are 2-4 on the season, with wins over Quinnipiac (1-0) and Canisius (2-1). The losses came to Saint Joseph's (1-4), Sacramento State (0-1), Florida International (0-1) and San Jose State (0-4). Last weekend the Tigers split, with a Friday win over Canisius and a Sunday loss to San Jose State. Four different players have tallied goals for the team, with Alex Hussar and Taylor Ayers each collecting a team-high three points with one goal and one assist apiece.
The Women of Troy are 3-0 all-time vs. Pacific. The last time the two teams met was in 2011 in San Diego at a tournament. USC won that match 2-1. This is the first time the two teams are meeting at McAlister Field.
SCOUTING UC IRVINE The Anteaters enter the weekend with a record of 2-4, having won their last two matches against Fresno State and Gonzaga. The team lost to a common opponent of the Women of Troy on Aug. 24, No. 1-ranked UCLA, 3-0. Other losses on the year came at the hands of Santa Clara, Auburn and Indiana. Seven different Anteaters have found the back of the net so far on the season, with Cami Privett and Alex Karlowitsch leading the way with three points on the year (one goal, one assist). A familiar face will be on the sideline for the Anteaters in former USC assistant coach PJ Woolridge. Coach Woolridge joined the Anteaters this offseason as an assistant after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at USC.
The Women of Troy are 10-1-2 all-time vs. the Anteaters. The last time the two teams met was in 2006, with the Women of Troy defeating the Anteaters 4-1 at McAlister Field. USC is 6-1 all-time at UC Irvine.
FIELD CHANGE Due to emergency field maintenance at Anteater Stadium, the Women of Troy will face UC Irvine at Recreational Center Field. The setup will be grass/festival-style seating. Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on for the matches. Tickets will be sold at the reduced price of $5.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK The Women of Troy opened up its home slate at McAlister Field with a record-setting 8-1 win over visiting UC Riverside. The eight goals was the most scored by any USC team in one game. Six of those eight goals came from Jamie Fink and Alex Quincey, as they each tallied their first career hat tricks in the match. Megan Borman got the Women of Troy going with the first goal of the day in the 12th minute, and Kayla Mills netted her first goal of the season. The Highlanders did tie the game with a goal of their own in the 20th minute, but the Women of Troy answered with seven unanswered goals, including three more in the first half to put the halftime score at 4-1. The Women of Troy's eight goals are a Pac-12 high for this season and the hat tricks by Fink and Quincey represent two of the three hat tricks the conference has seen so far this season.
IN THE NATIONAL STATS The Women of Troy rank 21st in the nation with an average of 8.20 points per game. The team's scoring offense is tied for 18th nationally, averaging 3.0 goals per game.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS! Come join in a new tradition at USC soccer games! At every Friday home game, two specialty food trucks will be at McAlister Field.
RACKING UP THE HONORS North Carolina transfer Reilly Parker has made herself known in the early going, as her two goals over the weekend, including the game-winner over Notre Dame earned her Pac-12 Player of the Week. She was also named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week and was College Soccer 360 Primetime Player. The honor was the first of her career and the first for the Women of Troy since Elizabeth Eddy won in the first week of the 2013 season. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley was also recognized her outstanding play between the pipes as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week. Stanley is the first Trojan to win the honor since the inception of the award. She collected seven saves over the two wins, including the huge stop on the Notre Dame penalty kick. The last goalkeeper to receive a weekly honor was Kristin Olsen, who earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors in 2009.
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 STAFF 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.
SISTER ACTS Three USC juniors have factored in significantly to the USC gameplan since arriving at USC two seasons ago, and their ability to make a quick transition may well be attributed to family ties. Jamie Fink, Katie Johnson and Erin Owen have all played a ton of minutes, and all three have older sisters who also have been USC student-athletes. Fink's older sister Amanda was an All-American and Pac-12 champion in tennis; Katie Johnson's older sister Isabelle also was on the soccer team; and Owen's older sister Kelly was a co-captain on the track and cross country teams before graduating last year. Whether it has been familiarity with USC overall or sisterly advice on how to succeed as a student-athlete, it's working as all three have played in every game to date.
The collegiate soccer pedigree lives amongst other Women of Troy, including sophomores Mandy Freeman and Savannah Levin. Mandy's sister Ashley played soccer, softball and ran track at Florida, while her sister Tiara played soccer at South Alabama. Savannah's sister Camille played soccer for four seasons at Stanford and was a member of the 2011 National Championship team on the Farm. Camille currently plays in the NWSL for Sky Blue F.C. as a defender. Marlee Carrillo's sister Mikaela Carrillo also plays Division I soccer and is a senior defender at Idaho State this season.