Women's Soccer
    USC Back In Town To Make A Pac-12 Push This Week
    The Trojans come home looking for some wins at McAlister Field.
    The Trojans come home looking for some wins at McAlister Field.

    Oct. 1, 2013

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    THIS WEEK
    The USC women's soccer team returns to Troy looking to put a stop to a two-game skid and get into the Pac-12 win column as conference play continues for the Women of Troy. USC (5-4-1, 0-1-0 Pac-12) comes home to McAlister Field for two tilts this week, first hosting Washington (4-5-1, 0-0-1) in a 2 p.m. matchup on Friday (Oct. 4). The Trojans will then turn to take on Washington State (7-0-3, 0-0-1) at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 6). Both games are scheduled to be televised regionally on Pac-12 Networks.

    THE LAST MEETING
    Washington0  
    USC1(1OT)
    September 21, 2012
    McAlister Field
    Samantha Johnson Strikes Winner For USC In OT Victory Over Washington
    The USC women's soccer team got the best of both worlds today in its Pac-12 opener at McAlister Field. 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 today. The victory give USC a 1-0 start to conference play and improves its overall mark to 4-4-1. Washington opens up 0-1 and is now 7-2-1 overall in taking just its second loss of the year.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC0
    Washington State4
    October 12, 2012
    Pullman, Wash.
    USC's Road Run Ends In Defeat At Washington State
    The USC women's soccer team's five-game stretch of Pac-12 road games came to a close today with a rough 4-0 loss to host Washington State. The regulation loss stopped a run of five consecutive overtime games for the Trojans, and puts USC at 4-7-3 overall and 1-3-2 in Pac-12 play as the Women of Troy finally return home to McAlister Field. WSU goes to 9-4-1, 3-2-1 with the win.

    FOLLOW ALONG
    Live stats will be available for this both games this week. Click on the Gametracker link on the USC soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com to follow along. Both game also will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks. The live streaming broadcasts are also available online to Pac-12 Network recipients at pac-12.com/networks/pac-12-national/. The USC-Washington game will have play-by-by from Jim Watson and analysis from Cobi Jones. For the USC-WSU broadcast, Jason Knapp will do play-by-play and Tammy Blackburn will be the analyst.

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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 first three weeks, but the Trojans dropped out two weeks ago. Washington and WSU both are unranked, but the Cougars are receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

    SCOUTING UW
    The Huskies are 4-5-1 overall and 0-0-1 in Pac-12 play after tying Oregon 0-0 in their Pac-12 opener and last week. Micaela Castain leads WSU in scoring with 10 goals to date, while goalkeeper Gurveen Clair has made 18 saves with 3 goals allowed in her 10 appearances. WSU went 10-8-3 overall last season, reaching the NCAA First Round after a 3-6-2 mark in Pac-12 play. USC is 11-6-2 overall against the Huskies with wins in the past three meetings, including a 1-0 overtime victory last year at McAlister Field.

    SCOUTING WSU
    The Cougars enter the week unbeaten at 7-0-3 overall and 0-0-1 in Pac-12 play after tying Oregon State 1-1 in their Pac-12 opener and then falling 3-0 to Portland in a nonconference game last week. Becca Schoales leads Washington in scoring with three goals to date, while goalkeeper Megan Kufeld has made 33 saves with 10 goals allowed in her 10 appearances. Washington went 12-6-2 overall last season, reaching the NCAA First Round after a 6-4-1 mark in Pac-12 play. USC is 9-6-3 overall against the Cougars, but took a 4-0 loss at WSU last year.

    THINK PINK!
    Sunday's game vs. Washington will be Pink Day at McAlister Field. Join the Women of Troy in supporting breast cancer awareness on Sunday (Oct. 6) by wearing pink to the game! The first 500 fans will receive a pink tank top. Go to usctrojans.com/promo for information and to purchase tickets

    LAST WEEK
    USC saw a stretch of staunch defense and some solid possession dashed by a last-minute strike from host Arizona State, which handed the Trojans a 1-0 loss in their Pac-12 opener. Barely a minute after being delivered a yellow card by the referee, ASU's Devin Marshall was able to get loose on the front lines in the 90th minute. A scoreless match was shaken apart by the score, created when somehow Marshall avoided an offsides flag and ran down a pass, beating out an oncoming USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley and putting the ball in the open net to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead after 89 minutes and 41 seconds of play. The Trojans couldn't find a way to equalize in the remaining 19 seconds, left empty on the scoresheet with the loss. The Women of Troy had done a good job of controlling the ball in the midfield and turning away several ASU attacks. Neither team found anything more than a crossbar or a post at either end, although ASU was able to create 16 shots to USC's 13 in the match. Stanley impressed in goal with her athleticism and aggression, making five saves in the game while her Trojan defense did an equally excellent job of stymying the Sun Devils. The USC offense tested ASU goalkeeper Chandler Morris for three saves in the match, although one of the best looks of the day came from a Marlee Carrillo header that skated wide of the goal with 3:40 to go in the game. USC's four losses to date have come in one-goal affairs, three of which saw the Trojans take either an overtime or late-regulation goal to fall in those matches.

    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 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 rank fourth the conference in points (61), are third in shots (17.5 spg) and goals (21), and are fourth in assists (19) to date. USC has outscored opponents 21-11 this season, coming up scoreless three times -- each in losses this year. 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, even with sophomore Jamie Fink. Senior Jordan Marada has punched in two goals, and Megan Borman got in on the scoring action on Sept. 22 with her first of the year coming just 37 seconds into the game. Assists have come from a set of nine Trojans, led by Mills with five, Marada with four and Autumn Altamirano, Marlee Carrillo and Fink 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 37 goals, 29 assists and 119 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.

    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