Women of Troy visit ASU on Friday and Arizona on Sunday in a Pac-12 Network weekend.
Sept. 25, 2012
USC Women's Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team heads out of state for the first time this year with a road trip to Arizona for two more Pac-12 Networks televised games. The Trojans (4-4-1, 1-0-0 Pac-12) first take aim against Arizona State (4-5-1, 1-1-0) in a 2 p.m. matchup on Friday (Sept. 28) in Tempe. Then, USC heads to Tucson for a clash with Arizona (5-4-1, 1-0-0) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 30).
THE LAST MEETING
October 21, 2011
Women of Troy Grab Dramatic OT Win
The USC women's soccer team shoved aside Arizona State's comeback hopes and locked in on the Trojans' first home win of the year with a 2-1 victory in overtime today at McAlister Field. The Sun Devils put a dramatic twist on things with a late equalizer, but USC held strong to its plan and got a OT winner from senior Claire Schloemer to net a long-awaited home victory for the Women of Troy. USC improves to 5-11-0 overall with its first back-to-back wins since early September, and goes to 2-5-0 in Pac-12 play.
THE LAST MEETING
October 23, 2011
Women of Troy Win Third Straight In Home Finale
It was a long time coming, but the USC women's soccer team has now pieced together a winning surge with its third straight win. The Trojans topped Arizona 1-0 this afternoon at McAlister Field in USC's final home game of the season, with the game-winner coming from sophomore Elizabeth Eddy off an assist from senior Claire Schloemer. The Women of Troy honored their five graduating seniors today in a pregame ceremony, and all five were key elements in capping off a winning weekend at McAlister.
Both of USC's games in Arizona will be regionally televised live by Pac-12 Networks. Friday's match at ASU will have play-by-play from Anne Marie Anderson and analysis from Kyndra de St. Aubin. Sunday at Arizona, Steve Schlanger will be on play-by-play with de St. Aubin again on analysis. Live stats also will be available online. Click on the Gametracker link on the USC soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com to follow along.
USC is not ranked in the current 2012 NSCAA poll. Arizona State and Arizona also are unranked.
The Sun Devils are 4-5-1 overall and opened Pac-12 play with a 3-0 loss to Stanford last week. Devin Marshall leads ASU in scoring with six goals, and goalkeeper Chandler Morris has made 23 saves with 13 goals against. Kevin Boyd is in his sixth season as head coach at ASU, which went 8-11-0 overall last season and was 4-7-0 in Pac-12 play. USC is 12-4 all-time against ASU after a 2-1 overtime win last season at McAlister Field. USC lost 3-0 in its 2010 trip to Tempe.
The Wildcats enter the week 5-4-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Pac-12 play after beating Cal 2-1 last week in the conference opener before losing 2-1 to Pacific in a nonconference match. Jazmin Ponce leads Arizona in scoring with six goals, and goalkeeper Abby Kaufman has made 45 saves with 10 goals against. Lisa Oyen is in her third season as head coach at Arizona, which went 1-16-2 overall and 1-9-1 in Pac-12 play last year. USC is 14-3-1 all-time against Arizona with a seven-game unbeaten streak. USC has won the past five meetings, including a 5-0 win in Tucson in 2010 and a 1-0 win last season at McAlister Field. USC and Arizona tied 0-0 in 2006, and the Wildcats last win over USC was a 3-0 decision in 2004 in Tucson.
USC got the best of both worlds in its Pac-12 opener at McAlister Field last week. Not only did the Women of Troy receive more offensive heroics from senior Samantha Johnson, who slotted the winner in the 100th minute of play, the USC defense secured its first shutout of the year in the 1-0 win over visiting Washington, which took just its second loss of the year. A flurry of USC looks on goal in the waning minutes of regulation came to naught as the teams rolled into overtime after 90 minutes of scoreless play, which was largely controlled by Trojan feet. With time ticking down, a long Marlee Carrillo throw-in sent the ball into the box. Washington efforts to clear went awry, and Johnson jumped on the opportunity and delivered a blast to the back of the net for the winner just 11 seconds away from the end of the first OT to put the win on the Trojans' record. It was Johnson's second late-game winner this season. The senior scored with 15 seconds left in regulation at San Diego on Sept. 14 for the win there, and now has the latest heroics in the books with her OT winner in the 100th minute of action. With four goals scored this year, Johnson now has a career total of 14.
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 five newcomers in the starting lineup in every game of 2012, and all but five of USC's 17 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 Jamie Fink and Katie Johnson have started all nine games. Transfer Jordan Marada has done the same, and leads the team to date in points with three goals and four assists. Freshman defender Erin Owen has been tabbed for eight 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 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 17 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.
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 four goals to date -- including dramatic game-winners at San Diego on Sept. 14 and vs. Washington on Sept. 21 -- Johnson has bumped up her career tally to 14 as she works on climbing up the USC career charts.
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. Johnson leads the pack of returner with a team-high four goals to date, including two game-winners, and Eddy also has scored a goal for the Trojans this year.
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.
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.