No. 15 Women of Troy Host Arkansas-Pine Bluff and No. 12 Pepperdine|
Sept. 18, 2014
IN THE RANKINGS The Women of Troy are ranked No. 15 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America polls this week. The fell one spot from their No. 14 ranking last week. That No. 14 ranking was 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 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF The Lions are 1-6 on the year, with their 3-1 win coming against Williams Baptist College (Ark.). The team played Texas A&M Texarkana on Wednesday, falling 4-1. The team is coached by Rohan Naraine. This is the first meeting between the Women of Troy and Arkansas-Pine Bluff all-time.
SCOUTING PEPPERDINE Pepperdine (6-1-1) will host Boise State on Friday before heading to USC. Last week the Waves went 2-0, picking up victories in their first official road contests of the season, beating Xavier 2-0 and downing Kentucky 3-2 in overtime. The team is led by senior forward Lynn Williams, who scored two of the team's three goals at Kentucky. Williams is the reigning WCC Player of the Week and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week. The Waves are coached by Tim Ward, in his 17th season in Malibu. The Women of Troy are 6-5 all-time vs. the Waves. Last season the team fell in overtime 1-0 to the Waves, as Lynn Williams scored the game-winning goal. USC is 1-1 against Pepperdine at McAlister Field, with the 3-0 win coming in 1998.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK The Women of Troy went 1-0-1 last week, defeating Pacific 3-0 on Friday at home, before playing UC Irvine to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on the road on Sunday. The Women of Troy are spreading the goal scoring wealth, as four different Trojans found the back of the net last weekend. Against Pacific, the team got goals from Tamara Mejia, Kayla Mills and Alex Quincey, all in the second half. Mejia's goal was the eventual game-winner in the 47th minute of the match and was the junior's first collegiate goal. On Sunday, Katie Johnson scored the lone goal for the Women of Troy in the seventh minute of the game. However, the Anteaters tied the game up in the 75th minute, and both sides were scoreless through two overtime periods. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley tallied five saves on the weekend (four vs. Pacific, one vs. UC Irvine).
IN THE NATIONAL STATS The Women of Troy's scoring offense ranks No. 21 nationally, with 2.71 goals per game. The team ranks No. 24 with 7.43 points per game. The team's win-lost-tied percentage of 85.7 ranks 20th nationally.
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.
$1 HOT DOGS At Sunday's match fans will be treated to $1 hot dogs.
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, Savannah Levin and Dominique Randle. 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. Randle's sister Brittanee plays college soccer at Missouri. Marlee Carrillo's sister Mikaela Carrillo also plays Division I soccer and is a senior defender at Idaho State this season.
The Women of Troy finished the 2013 season with an 8-10-2 record and were 3-7-1 in Pac-12 play. The leading goal scorer from last season, Elizabeth Eddy (6 goals) is gone due to graduation, but the assists leader (8) and points leader (16), Kayla Mills is back in action. Mills and teammate Jamie Fink both had two gamewinners in 2013 and the team saves leader, Caroline Stanley (75) is back between the pipes.