Trojans host Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday at McAlister Field after a five-game road run.
Oct. 16, 2012
USC Women's Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team is back in familiar territory this week as the Women of Troy return home to McAlister Field after a five-game road run. USC (4-7-3, 1-3-2 Pac-12) is eager to have some homefield advantage in order to snap a five-game winless stretch endured while traveling through three different Pac-12 states. Now, the Trojans turn to host Utah (8-4-2, 3-3-0) in a 3:30 p.m. game on Friday (Oct. 19) at McAlister Field for a matchup that will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. Then, the Trojans host Colorado (6-6-3, 0-5-1) at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 21) for another conference clash.
THE LAST MEETING
October 28, 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah
USC Soccer Stumbles At Utah
The USC women's soccer team fell behind in the first half and was unable to fight back, despite out-shooting host Utah in a Pac-12 clash today in Salt Lake City. The Trojans pushed to get to the back of the net in the match, but wound up with a 3-0 loss to the Utes to snap a three-game win streak held by USC entering the game. USC goes to 6-12 overall and 3-6 in Pac-12 play, while Utah improves to 9-8-1, 5-4-0.
THE LAST MEETING
October 30, 2011
Freyer Nets Winner At Colorado
The USC women's soccer team made it a road split on its first Pac-12 venture through Utah and Colorado this week thanks to a game-winner from Ashley Freyer off an assist from Colorado native Brittany Kerridge. The 59th-minute strike from Freyer provided the lift to victory, as the Women of Troy held on for a 1-0 win over host Colorado today in Boulder. USC improves to 7-12 overall and 4-6 in Pac-12 play.
Friday's match against Utah will be regionally televised live by Pac-12 Networks with play-by-play from Allen Hopkins and analysis from Tammy Blackburn. Live stats for both the Utah and Colorado games will be available online. Click on the Gametracker link on the USC soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com. Follow us on twitter, too! @USCFutbol
USC is not ranked in the current 2012 NSCAA poll. Utah is receiving votes, and Colorado is unranked.
The Utes are 8-4-2 overall and 3-3-0 in Pac-12 play after beating Oregon 3-1 last week. Katie Taylor and Harley Spier lead Utah in scoring with four goals each. Goalkeeper Lindsey Luke has made 58 saves with 11 goals allowed in 12 appearances to date. USC is 3-1 all-time against Utah after a 3-0 loss last season in Salt Lake City.
The Buffs are 6-6-3 overall and 0-5-1 in Pac-12 play after losing 2-0 to Oregon State last week. Anne Stuller is Colorado's top scorer with eight goals, and goalkeeper Annie Brunner has made 47 saves with 18 goals allowed in 15 appearances to date. USC is 3-0 all-time against Colorado after a 1-0 win over the Buffs last year in Boulder.
In USC's third Pac-12 road trip in three weeks, the Trojans took a tough loss to Washington State in Pullman. USC came up empty on the scoring front for the second straight game, while the Cougars managed a 4-0 win over the Trojans. The loss was USC's first in regulation since falling to Portland on Sept. 16, and the game snapped a five-match stretch of overtime efforts for USC.
Outside of just three lopsided games earlier in the year, USC has played one-goal games or ties in every match, and much of the deciding action has come in the final 20 minutes of play. Samantha Johnson has provided last-second heroics with two winners -- a 90th minute winner at San Diego and a 100th minute OT winner vs. Washington. USC suffered 70th minute goals to Duke and San Diego, and a 69th minute losing strike by Portland, with more recent daggers coming in a 101st minute OT goal by ASU with USC playing two players down and a 95th minute golden goal by Oregon. USC has also been the producers of some more positive late-game drama with clutch equalizers from Elizabeth Eddy (86th minute in an eventual win at San Diego), Autumn Altamirano (89th minute to tie ASU in the eventual OT loss) and Samantha Johnson (74th minute to tie Cal State Northridge in what would finish as an overtime draw). The Trojans also gave up an 88th minute game-tying goal at Arizona and fell prey to a 73rd minute own goal for a tie at OSU.
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. That increased scoring pace now has USC with 23 goals scored to date this year, bettering its entire season total from 2011.
USC has lined up with no fewer than five newcomers in the starting lineup in every game of 2012, and all but seven of USC's 23 goals scored to date has come from a new Trojan foot -- seven of those true freshmen. Freshmen Megan Borman and Katie Johnson and transfer Alex Quincey 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 14 games. Transfer Jordan Marada has done the same, and leads the team to date in points with three goals and five assists. Freshman defender Erin Owen has been tabbed for 13 starts, as has goalkeeper Stanley. In all, USC has utilized 10 different starting lineups in its 14 games to date.
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 12 of USC's 23 goals to date. Borman, Johnson and Quincey 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; Johnson slotted two on Sept. 16 in a 3-2 loss to No. 19 Portland; and Quincey went back-to-back for the Trojan in a 5-4 OT loss at ASU on Sept. 28.
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 seniors Kristina Noriega and Samantha Johnson and junior Haley Boysen back as multiple-goal scorers in 2011. Johnson leads the pack of returners with a team-high four goals to date, including two game-winners, and Boysen and Eddy also have scored a goal each 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.