Women of Troy have another road trip on the agenda, visiting the Huskies in Pac-12 play.
Oct. 11, 2011
USC Soccer Release
Washington Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team is back on the road this week for a one-stop journey to Seattle. The Trojans (3-11-0, 0-5 Pac-12) pay a Pac-12 visit to face Washington (6-5-3, 2-2-1) in a 7 p.m. match on Friday (Oct. 14).
Live stats and streaming video will be available for Friday's match at Washington. Visit the Huskies soccer schedule page at gohuskies.com for links to WATCH and to GameTracker.
USC opened the year ranked No. 25 in both the NSCAA and Soccer America preseason polls, but dropped out of the polls after opening losses. Washington also is unranked this week.
The Huskies are 6-5-3 overall and 2-2-1 in Pac-12 play after getting their first conference wins of the season last weekend. Washington beat Colorado 2-1 and Utah 4-0 in Seattle. Sarah Martinez leads the Huskies in scoring with six goals, and Hillary Zevenbergen is next with four. Goalkeeper Jorde Lafontain-Kussman has made 57 saves and allowed 13 goals in 12 appearances this season. Lesle Gallimore is in her 18th season as head coach of the Huskies, who went 13-9-2 overall and finished 4-5 in Pac-10 play on the way to an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals last season.
USC had a tough Pac-12 road trip last weekend, falling 3-0 to No. 1 Stanford and 2-0 to California. It was the first time this season that the Trojans have failed to score a goal in a weekend series and the first back-to-back shutouts taken by the Trojans since 2006. USC was out-shot in both games, with sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Church hauling in a career-high eight saves against the Cardinal. Stanford scored twice within 10 minutes late in the first half, and got one more to go just before the end of regulation to outpace the Trojans. Against Cal, USC was locked up 0-0 with the Bears at halftime, but Cal was able to finish off two corner kicks in the second half to net the win in Berkeley and send USC home with its eighth straight loss. The losing weekend also put the Trojans out of reach of a potential winning season, marking the first time since USC's inaugural year of 1993 that the Trojans have finished with a losing record. USC went 2-15-2 overall in 1993, and was an even .500 in 2004 with a 9-9-1 finish.
SPEEDY SAMANTHA SETS THE RECORD
Samantha Johnson drilled a historic goal for the Trojans when Haley Boysen sent in a centering pass from the left sideline against WSU on Sept. 25. Charging into the box, Johnson headed the ball through, rattling the back of the net as the Women of Troy got a 1-0 lift just 14 seconds into the action at McAlister Field. The goal marked a new school record for the quickest goal in a game, shaving two seconds off the previous record set in 2005 by Tracy Lansing at the 16-second mark. In USC history, the Trojans now have scored in the opening minute of play five times (2011, 2005, 2003, 1998, 1997).
While USC's home turf has been a difficult stage for the Trojans, the Women of Troy have grabbed some important wins on the road. In the first weekend of September, USC turned an early-season slump into a three-game winning streak after a victorious weekend run through out-of-state competition. In a big matchup at No. 17 Illinois, USC put together an offensive onslaught that rang up a 3-1 victory, with a 17th minute goal from Ashley Freyer leading into two second-half strikes by the Trojans. Haley Boysen scored on a Brittany Kerridge assist in the 57th minute, and Kerridge converted on a penalty kick in the 66th to put USC ahead 3-0 for some padding. A 74th minute score by the Illini put the game-winner as Boysen's blast, and USC had some momentum to carry them across the state lines. On Sunday, the Trojans fought out of a halftime hole to claim an overtime victory over host Purdue, thanks to an equalizer from Elizabeth Eddy and the game-winner from Courtney Garcia in OT. Goalie Shelby Church had another six-save outing for the Trojans, rounding out a strong weekend in goal for the USC sophomore. Both games were a part of the Illini/Boilermaker Cup, and four Women of Troy earned All-Tournament Team honors on the successful road trip: Brittany Kerridge, Shelby Church, Carly Butcher and Ashley Freyer. For her two-assist, one-goal effort on the weekend, Kerridge was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and as one of CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performers of the Week.
ON THE CLIMB
In spite of interruptions from injuries, USC redshirt senior Ashli Sandoval has already locked in on the USC career leader boards. Now playing her final season with the Trojans, the 2007 NCAA Champion is following up her call-up to the Mexican National Team's summer training camp with one last push to the top of the lists at Troy. Sandoval has a hold with the No. 4 all-time mark in career assists (23), No. 8 in career game-winning goals (5), No. 10 in career points (51) and No. 10 in career goals (14). Sandoval has been joined on the game-winning goal board by junior Courtney Garcia, who tallied her fifth game-winner in USC's overtime win at Purdue on Sept. 4. Meanwhile, making a push to join Sandoval on the assists ladder is senior Brittany Kerridge, who has five assists this season for a career count of 11 to date.
TIME FOR A TURNAROUND
USC's seven losses sustained at McAlister Field marks the most losses taken by the Trojans on that field and overall at home. USC's only other under-.500 season was in 1993 when the Trojans finished 2-15-2 overall. USC's only other winless start to conference play was in 2006 when the Trojans opened up at 0-1-2.
USC has three players sidelined for the season with ACL injuries. Sophomore defender Mia Bruno suffered a tear during the spring; freshman defender Heather Davis was injured during high school; and redshirt sophomore Morgan Morrow sustained another season-ending injury in early September.
USC went 13-6-3 overall last season after a third-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 5-3-1 mark. The Trojans reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season, beating Illinois 3-1 in the first round before falling 4-0 to eventual NCAA champion Notre Dame. Ashli Sandoval was USC's top scorer with six goals -- including three game-winners -- while Autumn Altamirano and Elizabeth Eddy each added five goals. Karter Haug was USC's assists leader with six assists, and Shelby Church was USC's goalkeeper of record in all games as she hauled in 82 saves with 25 goals against. Pac-10 honors went to seniors Haug and Megan Ohai on the Second Team and Alyssa Dávila with honorable mention along with Sandoval. Eddy was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
BACK ON THE ATTACK
Five of USC's top seven scorers in 2010 were either freshmen or sophomores. That sure-footed unit returns for 2011, along with leading scorer Ashli Sandoval, who provided six goals in 2010 after being sidelined in 2009 with an ACL injury. As freshmen, Autumn Altamirano, Haley Boysen and Elizabeth Eddy accounted for a third of USC's goal-scoring in 2010. Now sophomores with some extra savvy, that trio combines forces with Sandoval, senior Ashley Freyer and juniors Courtney Garcia and Samantha Johnson as the Trojans bring back seven of their top eight scorers. Thirteen different Women of Troy got to the back of the net to tally 39 goals in 2010. Now, six games into 2011, three of those 2010 scorers are already on the board, as Boysen, Eddy, Freyer and Garcia have all scored to date, while Brittany Kerridge has blasted to the front of the pack with a career season even in the early goings, boasting three goals and four assists so far.
Three Trojan newcomers have already made their marks on the offensive end this season. Transfers Kristina Noriega and Erica Vangsness have each scored a goal apiece, and true freshman Jessica Musmanno has served up an assist for the Trojans. Noriega and Musmanno have both appeared in the starting lineup as well, with Noriega a full-time starter on the back line, and Musmanno holding two starts up front for the Trojans.
A DECADE IN
USC head coach Ali Khosroshahin finished up his 10th season of collegiate head coaching after the 2010 season. It's a milestone that he admits came faster than he expected, but there's no doubt that he squeezed a lot of shining moments into his first decade. In his first four seasons at the helm of the Women of Troy, he continued his streak of NCAA appearances (2005 and 2006 at Cal State Fullerton; 2007-present at USC) and picked up a national championship along the way. Khosroshahin and the Trojans won the 2007 NCAA title in his first season at Troy, making USC the first and only Pac-12 school to ever win a women's soccer national championship. The 2007 National Coach of the Year, Khosroshahin takes a 61-20-10 (.725) overall record at USC and 137-60-16 (.681) career record into this first season of his next decade of collegiate coaching.