Women's Soccer
    USC Takes On Two More Teams At McAlister Field
    USC is on the hunt for two more wins this week at McAlister Field.
    USC is on the hunt for two more wins this week at McAlister Field.

    Sept. 17, 2013

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    THIS WEEK
    The USC women's soccer team is home again for two more matches at McAlister Field this week. The Trojans (4-2-1) open up with a Thursday (Sept. 19) game against Florida Atlantic (2-4-1) at 3 p.m. The week will wrap up on Sunday (Sept. 22) with a clash against Cal State Fullerton (3-2-2) at 3 p.m.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    Cal State Fullerton2
    August 17, 2012
    Fullerton, Calif.
    USC Corners Cal State Fullerton For 3-2 Road Win
    The USC women's soccer team shrugged off a one-goal deficit and a red card that left it a player short, rattling off three goals in a 12-minute span for a wild 3-2 comeback win over Cal State Fullerton in the season opener. Set plays from newcomer Jordan Marada helped set up the first two goals, and she would finish off the third to punch in the winner for USC in her first game as a Trojan. Freshman Marlee Carrillo scored the first, and senior Samantha Johnson finished a penalty kick for the second as USC opens 2012 with a win.

    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 www.usctrojans.com/soccerpromo to get to the ticket link.

    FOLLOW ALONG
    Live stats and live streaming will be available for both USC matches this week. Click the Gametracker link on the USC women's soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com for live stats. Live streaming video will be available at pac-12.com/videos/university-southern-california

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    RANKINGS
    USC moved 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. The primary national coaches' poll, NSCAA, had USC in the rankings the past three weeks, but the Trojans dropped out this week and continue to receive votes. The Trojans do weigh in at No. 23 according to BennettRank. Neither Florida Atlantic nor Cal State Fullerton are in the rankings this week.

    SCOUTING FLORIDA ATLANTIC
    The Owls are 2-4-1 overall after beating Colombia 2-1 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-0 last week to pick up their first wins of the season. Claire Emslie leads FAU in scoring with three goals and has added one assists. Goalkeeper Courtney Zwetsch has made 27 saves with nine goals against in her seven appearances. The Owls went 5-1-3 last season, falling in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. This will be the first-ever meeting between USC and Florida Atlantic in program history.

    SCOUTING CSF
    The Titans enter the week 3-2-2 overall after beating LMU 1-0 and tying Utah State 0-0 last week. Cal State Fullerton has had five different players score a goal apiece this season. Goalkeeper Lindsey Maricic has appeared in six games with 30 saves and four goals allowed. The Titans went 10-9-1 overall last season, falling in the Big West Tournament final. USC is 6-2-3 all-time against Cal State Fullerton with wins in the past two meetings. Last seaon, USC beat the Titans 3-2 at McAlister Field.

    LAST WEEK
    USC returned home to McAlister Field for two matches last week. The Trojans' trip to Minnesota had left them without the services of senior Jordan Marada and head coach Ali Khosroshahin for the first game of this week following red cards issued to each in USC's overtime loss to LSU last week. Still, the Trojans came home ready to compete against visiting Pepperdine on Friday. But the Trojans would see 93 minutes of strong play soured by an overtime game-winner from the Waves. The Trojans had out-shot the Waves down the stretch, but both teams had come up with great chances throughout the match. In the end, it was Pepperdine's Lynn Williams who beat out oncoming goalkeeper Caroline Stanley by slipping through a counterattack strike that ended it as a 1-0 Pepperdine win. The Trojans forced six saves out of Pepperdine goalkeeper Hannah Seabert in the first half, while the Waves tested USC's Stanley for five saves through the first 45 minutes of action. Still, the teams stayed scoreless for a 0-0 halftime stalemate. The Trojans out-shot the Waves 12-4 in the second half, while the teams traded blasts off the crossbar at each end. Kayla Mills came closest for the Trojans with a rocket that rattled the cage in the 83rd minute. Stanley, meanwhile, performed some impressive acrobatics to continue to deny the Waves, although Seabert, too, was putting forth a stubborn effort at the other end. She'd finish with 11 saves in the game, and Stanley hauled in seven. USC got off three shots in overtime before the Waves countered with their winner. Two days later, the Trojans got back their scoring touch. Against visiting LMU, USC scored three goals on three shots in the first 10 minutes of action. Sophomore Katie Johnson had a hat trick by halftime, making her the first Trojan to hit a hat trick since teammate Elizabeth Eddy did so in 2010. USC's 5-1 win also marked the most goals scored by the Women of Troy in a single game since that same 2010 season. Johnson would score in the 3rd, 10th and 19th minutes to help USC build a 4-1 lead on the Lions. Eddy's score in the 7th minute would net the senior's fifth goal of the year and stand as the game-winner after LMU got a goal through in the 18th. Marada, who had served up assists on Johnson's first goal and Eddy's score, added a goal of her own with a solo shot in the 39th. That had the Trojans up 5-1 by halftime, and that score would hold through to the end. Freshman Mills also notched two saves in the win as the Trojans got back in winning form after three winless matches. Johnson and Eddy are two of eight Trojans all-time to score three or more goals in a single game.

    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, also earning a place on the the USD All-Tournament Team. The last Trojan to be named conference player of the week was Karter Haug in 2010. Eddy now leads the Women of Troy with five goals scored to date, giving her 15 in her Trojan career to rank No. 11 all-time in goal scoring.

    OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT
    USC's attacking abilities are in full effect. The Trojans lead the conference in points (7.43 ppg) and assists (2.29 apg) and is No. 2 in goals (2.57 gpg) to date. USC has outscored opponents 18-8 this season, losing the only two games in which the Trojans were uncharacteristically unable to score. USC's 12 goals scored in its first three games was a program record. 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.

    NUMBERS CRUNCH
    The USC attack is widespread. While senior Elizabeth Eddy leads the team with five goals, five other Women of Troy have gotten to the back of the net. On Sept. 15, sophomore Katie Johnson became the first Trojan to score a hat trick since Eddy did so in 2010. Johnson has now bettered her freshman season output as she holds four goals this year. Freshmen Tanya Samarzich and Kayla Mills have scored three apiece, with sophomore Jamie Fink scoring twice to date and senior Jordan Marada with one. Assists have come from a set of eight Trojans, led by Mills with five, Marada with three and Autumn Altamirano and Marlee Carrillo each with two.

    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 36 goals, 28 assists and 110 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 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 and CEO 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

    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. Go to usctrojans.com/125 to revisit the athletic highlights for Trojans the past 125 years