USC Seeks Revenge vs. San Diego & Portland
Women of Troy take a trip to face the Toreros on Friday, returning home for a Sunday showdown with the Pilots.
Sept. 11, 2012
USC Women's Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team goes on the hunt for payback this week against two teams that got the better of the Trojans in their last meetings. First up is a rematch with San Diego, which managed a 2-1 comeback against USC on Sept. 2 on the Trojans' home turf. Now USC (2-3-1) looks to return the favor with a 5 p.m. clash at San Diego (3-5-0) on Friday (Sept. 14). The Trojans will then return home to McAlister Field to seek revenge on Portland, which pulled off a 2-1 win over USC last year up north. The 2012 Trojans will host the No. 19 Pilots (4-1-1) in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday (Sept. 16).
THE LAST MEETING
September 18, 2011
USC Slips 2-1 At No. 23 Portland
The USC women's soccer team got stuck with another tight loss after another strong performance in nonconference action. The Women of Troy put together a tough effort against No. 23 host Portland on Sunday afternoon, but the Pilots managed early goals in each half on the way to a 2-1 loss for the Trojans. USC goes to 3-6-0 overall with Pac-12 play coming up next week. Portland improves to 4-4-1 with today's win.
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USC is not ranked in the current 2012 polls. San Diego also is unranked, and Portland is ranked at No. 19 in this week's NSCAA and Soccer America polls.
The Toreros are 3-5 overall after taking two road losses last week, falling 4-1 at No. 4 Duke and taking a 5-0 loss to No. 14 North Carolina. Emily Dillon is USD's top scorer with two goals and three assists to date. Goalkeeper McKenna Tollack has 30 saves and 16 goals against in eight appearances. Head coach Ada Greenwood is in his 10th season at San Diego, which went 12-8-2 overall last season in reaching the NCAA Third Round. This will be the first of two meetings between USC and San Diego this season. Overall, USC is 7-6-1 all-time against the Toreros, who have won the past four meetings. USC's last win over San Diego was a 4-0 victory in 2009 at McAlister Field. Since then, the Toreros have won two 1-0 decisions in 2010, a 3-1 victory last season at McAlister Field, and a 2-1 comeback win on Sept. 2 at the 2012 USC Fútbol Classic.
The No. 19 Pilots are 4-1-1 overall after tying No. 21 Notre Dame 1-1 last week. Amanda Frisbie leads Portland in scoring with four goals, and Ellen Parker has provided four assists. Goalkeeper Erin Dees has made nine saves with two goals allowed in four appearances this year. Head coach Garrett Smith is in his 10th season at Portland, which went 9-10-2 overall last season in reaching the NCAA Second Round. USC is 2-2 all-time against Portland with the last win coming in a 2-1 victory in 2007 at McAlister Field. Since then, USC has lost 1-0 in overtime in 2008 and 2-1 last year in Portland.
USC got tangled up in its first overtime game of 2012 last week in 1-1 tie at Cal State Northridge. USC dominated possession and forced 15 saves out of the Matadors' goalkeeper in the match. The first half was tight by the numbers, with USC edging out CSUN 7-6 in the shot count. In the second half, USC would continue to put the Matador defense to the test, with a flurry of early shots. That USC pressure would rack up 24 shots on the night. USC rattled off the first six shots of the second half before the Matadors mounted a response, and it would be CSUN who would break the silence in the 73rd minute on a header off a cross to take host CSUN ahead 1-0. USC senior Samantha Johnson took care of the equalizer soon after, blasting the ball in from about 15 yards out to deliver a crucial equalizer for the Women of Troy in the 74th minute - just under two minutes after the Matadors' strike. Through the remainder of regulation, and on through overtime, USC would stay in control, but was unable to find the winner to take its first tie of the season.
In taking a 2-1 to start the season, USC matched its 2008 start, which also happens to be the last time the Trojans won both their season and home openers, as USC has done in 2012. The Trojans' 4-1 win over Saint Mary's was the highest scoring home opener for the Women of Troy since 2007, the year of USC's run to the national championship that began with a 5-1 win over Weber State. The scoring production of eight goals in the first three games was a marked shift from the 2011 campaign. Through their first three games of 2012, the Trojans had already matched their scoring output from their first eight games of 2011.
USC has lined up with no fewer than seven newcomers in the starting lineup in every games of 2012, and all but two of USC's 11 goals scored to date has come from a new Trojan foot -- six of those true freshmen. On the defensive end, freshman goalkeeper Faith Sugerman anchored the first win of 2012, while sophomore transfer Caroline Stanley stepped in for the start against Saint Mary's to log the first 69 minutes of that 4-1 win. On the starting blocks, USC freshmen Marlee Carrillo, Jamie Fink and Katie Johnson have started all six games. Transfer Jordan Marada has done the same, and leads the team to date with four assists. Freshman Erin Owen has been tabbed for five starts, as have transfers Alex Quincey and Stanley.
TREES `R' US
To go along with senior defender Kristina Noriega -- who stands at 5-foot 10-inches -- USC's crop of newcomers boasts a lofty crew of talent with regular roles in the Trojan gameplan. Aside from Noriega, USC has freshmen Megan Borman (5-10), Marlee Carrillo (6-0) Jamie Fink (5-9), Katie Johnson (5-9) and Erin Owen (6-1) looming at 5-9 and up. Sophomore transfer Alex Quincey stands at 6-1 and also is a consistent impact player, having started her first three games as a Trojan. That height has had either a head or a foot in scoring or setting up six of USC's 11 goals to date. Borman has already made her mark as the only player to put in a two-goal performance to date. The freshman notched a pair in USC's 4-1 win over Saint Mary's in the Aug. 24 home opener.
USC has two players sidelined for the season after offseason ACL injuries. Senior Isabelle Johnson and incoming freshman Jeanette Jimenez will not participate in 2012.
BACK ON THE ATTACK
USC returns seven of its 11 goal scorers from 2011, including top scorer Elizabeth Eddy, who provided four goals, including two game-winners. Those seven scorers had combined to provide 64 percent of the Trojan scoring load last season. In addition to Eddy, who enters her junior season this year, USC has senior Kristina Noriega and Samantha Johnson and junior Haley Boysen back as multiple-goal scorers in 2011.
The 2012 USC roster is 34 players strong. Twenty of those are wearing Cardinal and Gold for the first time, and every last one of them aim to make a lasting impression. So if strength in numbers means anything at all, the Women of Troy are already in good shape. With the influx of newcomers -- an invigorating blend of transfers and freshmen -- an injury-depleted 2011 roster that was dinged up with more losses than USC had taken since 1993 now boasts a healthy glow for 2012.
The versatile senior Samantha Johnson played in almost every spot on the pitch except for the goal in her junior season to help fill holes left by a vicious injury bug. A striker by nature, Johnson moved to a defensive role last year. But now, with returns and reinforcements bolstering the Trojan back line, Johnson has been freed up to lead her team from a more natural spot in the attack. Now in her fourth year at Troy, Johnson is the reigning veteran to lead by example and by instruction. With two goals to date, Johnson has bumped up her career tally to 12 as she works on climbing up the USC career charts.
USC's Amy Rodriguez captured her second Olympic gold medal this summer as a member of Team USA in London. An All-American at USC, Rodriguez competed for the Women of Troy from 2005-2008. In her junior season, Rodriguez helped power USC to its first-ever NCAA Championship, as the Trojans won the 2007 title. The following year, Rodriguez had been called up the U.S. ladder to make her Olympic debut. She would go on to serve up the assist on the game-winning goal in the 2008 gold-medal game. In London, Rodriguez played in four games during the USA's run to 2012 gold.
USC had a shockingly frustrating season in 2011, taking the second most losses in program history in finishing up 7-13-0 overall. Six of those losses were in one-goal games, and the Trojans would finish eighth in the Pac-12 at 4-7-0. Elizabeth Eddy was USC's top scorer with four goals, including two game-winners. Senior Brittany Kerridge led the pack in assist with nine, finishing with a team-high 15 points. USC would miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. All-Pac-12 honors went to Kerridge on the second team an honorable mention to Eddy. USC scored 22 goals in 2011 and allowed 35.