Women of Troy visit No. 8 Cal and No. 5 Stanford this weekend in Pac-12 play.
Oct. 8, 2013
USC Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team hits the road this week in an effort to turn the tide on a losing skid. The Women of Troy (5-6-1, 0-3-0 Pac-12) head up to the Bay Area looking to upset a couple ranked Pac-12 foes and get back in a winning groove. USC will first face off against No. 8 California (9-0-3, 2-0-1) in a 3 p.m. game on Friday (Oct. 11) in Berkeley. Then, the Trojans head down to Palo Alto to square off against No. 5 Stanford (9-1-1, 2-1-0) at 5 p.m on Sunday (Oct. 13). Both games will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
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THE LAST MEETING
October 28, 2012
No. 21 Cal Captures 1-0 Win Over USC
The USC women's soccer team wound up with another one-goal loss today as the Trojans hosted another ranked team. No. 21 California managed a 74th-minute strike from its prolific scorer Ifeoma Onumonu, and that would stand as the winner in a 1-0 decision in the Bears' favor at McAlister Field. USC goes to 5-10-3 overall with the loss, and is now 2-6-2 in Pac-12 play. Cal improves to 15-4-0, 8-2-0.
THE LAST MEETING
October 26, 2012
Los Angeles Coliseum
No. 1 Stanford Sneaks Away With Overtime Win Under the Lights
Tonight's battle between the only two Pac-12 teams to win an NCAA women's soccer championship lived up to its billing. The 2007 champs took the 2011 champs down to the wire before top-ranked Stanford caught a late break. After an apparent USC goal in the second overtime was nullified by an offsides call, the Cardinal would regroup and manage a late winner in the 103rd minute to tally a 1-0 win over the Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. USC goes to 5-9-3 overall and 2-5-2 in Pac-12 play with the tough loss, while No. 1 Stanford improves to 15-1-1, 9-0-0.
Both games 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/. Both games will have play-by-by from JB Long and analysis from Krista Blunk.
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 three weeks ago. Cal ranks No. 8 in this week's NSCAA poll, and Stanford sits at No. 5 in the same poll.
The No. 8 Golden Bears are an undefeated 9-0-3 overall and 2-0-1 in Pac-12 play after posting a pair of 2-1 wins last week over ASU and Arizona. Ifeoma Onumonu leads Cal in scoring with eight goals to date. Goalkeeper Emily Kruger has made 49 saves with nine goals against in her 12 appearances. Cal went 16-6-0 overall last season, reaching the NCAA Second Round after an 8-3-0 mark in Pac-12 play. USC is 10-7-1 all-time against Cal with losses in the past two meetings. USC's last win over Cal was a 5-4 overtime victory at McAlister Field in 2010. USC fell 2-0 to the Bears in its last trip to Berkeley in 2011.
The No. 5 Cardinal enters the week 9-1-1 overall and 2-1-0 in Pac-12 play after beating Arizona 2-1 in overtime and falling to ASU 1-0 last week. Taylor Uhl leads Stanford in scoring with 10 goals to date. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell has made 25 saves with five goals against in her nine appearances. Stanford went 21-2-1 overall last season, reaching the NCAA semifinal after an 11-0-0 mark in Pac-12 play. USC is 3-14-3 all-time against Stanford with losses in the past five meetings. USC's last win over Stanford was a 1-0 victory in Palo Alto in 2005.
USC stumbled in two Pac-12 contests at home last week, taking its fifth one-goal loss of the year in a 1-0 defeat to Washington before coming up empty again in a 2-0 loss to Washington State. Once again, the Trojans looked strong on the ball and in their possession game, but gave up goals against the run of play in both matches. The Huskies struck just 37 seconds before the halftime horn, and USC could not come up with an equalizer despite outshooting Washington 11-9 in the game. Against WSU, a perfectly placed free kick put USC behind 1-0 in the first half, and the Cougars would go up 2-0 with a counterattack goal in the second to leave USC with its fourth straight loss. The games this past weekend were the first of the year where the Trojans have trailed at halftime.
In spite of breakout start to the year in which the Trojans scored 12 goals in their first three games, USC has come up empty on the scoring front in its past three games, having now taken four straight losses. USC has fallen into 376 minutes of scoring silence since a first-minute goal scored by Megan Borman in a 2-1 loss to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 22.
USC's leadership core has been shaken up a bit this season, with the injury bug biting different Trojan seniors at different times this season and thus interrupting some of USC's stability on the field. Autumn Altamirano, Mia Bruno, Haley Boysen, Elizabeth Eddy and Jordan Marada have all been banged up and forced to the sidelines during the season to date.
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 currently 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.