USC Kicks Off Pac-12 Play vs. Washington
Women of Troy host the Huskies to open conference action in a Pac-12 Network game on Friday.
Sept. 18, 2012
USC Women's Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team sets up for stage two of the 2012 season this week with the kickoff of Pac-12 play as USC looks to capture its first home win in almost a month. The Women of Troy (3-4-1) host their conference opener against Washington (7-1-1) in a 2 p.m. matchup on Friday (Sept. 21) at McAlister Field. The match will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks.
THE LAST MEETING
October 14, 2011
USC Breaks Through With Win At Washington
The USC women's soccer team broke out of a slump with the Trojans' first shutout win of the year on Elizabeth Eddy's first career game-winning goal as USC edged out host Washington 1-0 on Friday night in Seattle. The win snaps eight straight losses taken by the Trojans, ringing up USC's first Pac-12 win of the season. USC goes to 4-11-0 overall and is 1-5 in conference play with the long-awaited victory, while Washington moves to 6-6-3, 2-3-1.
The USC-Washington game will be regionally televised live by Pac-12 Networks, with play-by-play from Allen Hopkins and analysis from Tammy Blackburn. Live stats also will be available online. Click on the Gametracker link on the USC soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com to follow along.PAC-12 NETWORK CHANNEL FINDER
USC is not ranked in the current 2012 polls. Washington is receiving votes in this week's NSCAA poll. Soccer America and SoccerTimes and polls have yet to be released
The Huskies went 7-1-1 during nonconference play, starting out 7-0 before tying Utah State 1-1 and losing to BYU 3-1 last week. Lindsay Elston is Washington's top scorer with six goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Kari Davidson has made 42 saves and allowed five goals in eight appearances. Lesle Gallimore is in her 19th season as head coach for the Huskies, who went 7-8-5 overall and finished 3-5-3 in Pac-12 play last year. USC is 10-6-2 all-time against Washington with wins in the past two meetings. Last year, the Trojans beat the Huskies 1-0 in Seattle on an early goal from Elizabeth Eddy.
USC had a busy week last week, first taking a trip down to San Diego for a wild comeback win over the Toreros and then returning home host No. 19 Portland. The Women of Troy had a lackluster first half in San Diego before turning on the jets and battling out of a 2-0 halftime deficit. Jordan Marada got the first goal to give USC lift, and the pressure kept coming. In the 86th minute, Elizabeth Eddy found the equalizer to spark a Trojan scramble to net a winner. It would come from the sure foot of Samantha Johnson with just 15 seconds left in regulation, slotting the winner for a 3-2 victory for USC to snap a four-game losing skid to the Toreros. Two days later, USC was back home to face No. 19 Portland. The Pilots would put USC in a 2-0 hole once again, and once again the Trojans were up to the challenge. Within a seven minute span, USC freshman Katie Johnson would finish off two opportunities in the box to lock the Trojans even with the Pilots 2-2 by the 67th minute. Portland managed a go-ahead strike minutes later, however, taking a 3-2 lead in the 69th minute and holding onto the advantage despite a flurry of USC attacks. The Trojans would lead the Pilots 22-10 on the shot chart, forcing six saves by the Portland defense, but USC still came up short on the scoreboard to take the loss.
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 six newcomers in the starting lineup in every game of 2012, and all but four of USC's 16 goals scored to date has come from a new Trojan foot -- six of those true freshmen. Two freshmen, Megan Borman and Katie Johnson, have notched two-goal games so far in their first year as Trojans. 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 eight games. Transfer Jordan Marada has done the same, and leads the team to date with three goals and four assists. Freshman defender Erin Owen has been tabbed for seven starts, as has goalkeeper 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 eight of USC's 16 goals to date. Borman and Johnson have already made their mark as the only players to put in a two-goal performance to date. Borman notched her pair in USC's 4-1 win over Saint Mary's in the Aug. 24 home opener, and Johnson slotted two on Sept. 16 in a 3-2 loss to No. 19 Portland.
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 aims to make a lasting impression. So if strength in numbers means anything at all, the Women of Troy are 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 three goals to date -- including the dramatic game-winner at San Diego on Sept. 14 -- Johnson has bumped up her career tally to 13 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.