Women's Soccer
    No. 18 USC Returns to Friendly Confines of McAlister Field; Host Colorado and Utah

    Sydney Sladek
    Oct. 2, 2014

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    THIS WEEK The USC women's soccer team (7-1-2) return to the friendly confines of McAlister Field to host Colorado and Utah in Pac-12 play this weekend. First the Buffaloes will come to town on Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. PT, and then the Utes take on the Trojans at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, Oct. 5.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    October 25, 2013
    Boulder, Colo.
    USC's Late Push Falls Short At Colorado
    The USC women's soccer team mustered up some late-game energy, but it was not quite enough to overcome the deficit handed down to the Trojans in Boulder today. Instead, Colorado fended off the Women of Troy and snagged a 2-1 victory, giving the Buffaloes their 12th win of 2013, while USC falls to 6-8-2 overall and 1-5-1 in Pac-12 play with the road loss.

    THE LAST MEETING
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    October 27, 2013
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Equalizer Eludes USC In 1-0 Loss At Utah
    The USC women's soccer team had host Utah on the ropes, outshooting the Utes down the stretch in their Pac-12 contest today, but Utah would score following its first shot on goal, and that would stand as the winner. USC was certainly the offensive aggressor and also proved defensively savvy, but alas it was Utah that came away with the victory. The 1-0 loss moves the Trojans to 6-9-2 overall and 1-6-1 in Pac-12 play, while Utah improves to 8-3-6, 4-2-2.

    IN THE RANKINGS - The Women of Troy are ranked No. 23 in the NSCAA poll, 18th in the Soccer America poll, and 16th in the TopDrawer Poll this week. The team dropped two slots from their No. 21 ranking in the NSCAA poll last week. The highest the team has been ranked this season is No. 14, marking 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 they started off the season ranked No. 8 nationally.

    GOALS GALORE The Women of Troy have scored 32 goals so far on the season, already one more than they scored all of last season (31). The Women of Troy have 15 different goal scorers on the year, with six having had multi-goal outings The team's 32 goals are tops in the Pac-12, and they also rank No. 1 in points per game (8.90) and assists per game (2.50 per game, 25 total).

    BEST START - The Women of Troy's season start of 6-0-2 is a program-best. The program has never seen a team be undefeated through its first eight games of the season. The last record was the 2000 team, which went 5-0-0 to start the year.

    FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS! - Come join in a new tradition at USC soccer games! At every Friday home game, at least one specialty food truck will be at McAlister Field.

    PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS - Sunday's game vs. Utah will be the annual "Pink" game for breast cancer awareness. The first 500 fans at Sunday's game will get pink sunglasses. The team will also be donning plenty of pink along with the usual Cardinal and Gold to raise awareness for the disease.

    RECAPPING LAST WEEK - The Women of Troy went 1-0-0 last week, defeating Arizona 3-0 on the road to improve to 10-7-3 in Pac-10/12 openers. After a lackluster first half, the Women of Troy responded in a big way in the second half, making adjustments to score three second half goals going away. USC leading scorer Alex Quincey scored the eventual game-winner in the 49th minute, with a chip shot from about 27 yards out on the right side of the box. In the 64th minute, Katie Johnson added a goal after freshman Sydney Sladek ran up the right wing and crossed it to a waiting Johnson for the one-touch back post finish. In the 83rd minute, Sladek tallied her first career goal, as she dribbled through the Wildcat defense and finished with a slotted shot to make the score 3-0.

    SCOUTING COLORADO - The Buffaloes (7-2, 0-1) come to Los Angeles after falling 4-2 to then No. 12 California at home. The Buffs were down 3-0 at the half, and went down 4-0 in the 65th minute, before getting late goals from Brie Hooks and Tori Cooper. Hooks leads the team with four goals on the year, while goalkeeper Kate Scheele has started 10 of 11 games and has made 28 saves with five shutouts. Friday's game is the start of a stretch of five straight road matches.

    The Women of Troy are 3-2 all-time vs. Colorado. Last year the Trojans fell 2-1 on the road, and in 2012 at McAlister Field Colorado won 1-0 in double-overtime. The last time USC beat the Buffs was in 2011, when they won 1-0 in Boulder, Colo.

    SCOUTING UTAH - The Utes (7-0-3, 0-0-1) come to Los Angeles after tying then-No. 4 Stanford 1-1. Mariah Elmer is a key striker for the Utes, and she scored her third goal of the season in the tie vs. The Farm. Goalkeeper Lindsey Luke is solid between the pipes, as the reigning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for the second-straight week. She made six saves in the big tie and has six shutouts on the year.

    The Women of Troy are 4-2 all-time vs. the Utes. Last season in Salt Lake City, USC fell 1-0. In 2012 at McAlister Field, the Trojans won 1-0. Overall USC is 2-0 at home vs. Utah all-time (total of two meetings).

    IN THE NATIONAL STATS - The Women of Troy's scoring offense ranks 8th nationally, with 3.2 goals per game. The team ranks 11th with 8.9 points per game and ranks 15th with 2.5 assists per game. Alex Quincey ranks 38th nationally with 0.7 goals per game.

    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. Sophomore defender Mandy Freeman was named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after the Women of Troy held Arizona scoreless in the Pac-12 opener on the road.

    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.