Trojans host No. 1 Cardinal on Friday at the Coliseum, No. 21 Bears on Sunday at McAlister.
Oct. 23, 2012
USC Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team turns to face two ranked teams this week as the Trojans continue a five-game stretch of home matches. USC (5-8-3, 2-4-2 Pac-12) will first set up camp at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the Trojans await top-ranked Stanford (14-1-1, 8-0-0) for a 7 p.m. game on Friday (Oct. 26) under the lights. On Sunday (Oct. 28), the Trojans go back to McAlister Field for a 1 p.m. clash with No. 21 California.
THE LAST MEETING
October 7, 2011
Trojans Fall To Top-Ranked Stanford
No. 1 Stanford tallied a 3-0 win over the USC women's soccer team on Friday night despite a career-high eight saves from Trojan goalkeeper Shelby Church. The undefeated Cardinal scored twice in the first half and got one more to go in the second in handing USC its seventh straight loss of 2011. The Trojans go to 3-10-0 overall and are 0-4 in Pac-12 play, while Stanford climbs to 12-0-1, 4-0.
THE LAST MEETING
October 9, 2011
Trojans Fall To Cal In Berkeley
The USC women's soccer team finished out a tough Pac-12 road trip through the Bay Area by falling 2-0 to California today in Berkeley. It was the Bears' first victory over the Trojans since 2005, snapping a four-match losing streak. The schools posted a scoreless tie during the 2006 season. USC goes to 3-11-0 overall and is 0-5 in Pac-12 play with the loss while Cal goes to 9-3-2 and 2-1-2 in conference play.
Live stats and live streaming will be available for both USC matches this week. Click the Gametracker link on the USC women's soccer schedule page
at usctrojans.com for live stats. Live streaming video will be available at pac-12.com/live/usctrojans.aspx
USC is not ranked in the current 2012 NSCAA poll. Stanford is No. 1, and California is No. 21 this week.
The defending NCAA champions are ranked No. 1 in the nation and hold a 14-1-1 overall record with an 8-0-0 mark in Pac-12 play after beating WSU 3-2 and Washington 3-0 last week. The Cardinal's only loss this year was a 1-0 decision vs. West Virginia early in the season. Mariah Nogueira and Courtney Verloo are Stanford's top scorers with a combined 13 goals. Verloo has also added eight assists. Goalkeeper Emily Oliver has made 21 saves with four goals against in eight appearances, and Aly Gleason has 25 saves with six goals allowed in 11 appearances. USC is 3-13-3 all-time against Stanford with the last USC win having come in 2005 in a 1-0 victory in Palo Alto. Stanford has won the past four meetings, including a 3-0 win last year in Palo Alto. The last two USC-Stanford matches in Los Angels have been at the Coliseum, with Cardinal wins of 3-1 in 2008 and 2-1 in 2010.
The No. 21 Bears are 14-3-0 overall and 7-1-0 in Pac-12 play after beating Washington 2-1 and WSU 3-2 last week. Ifeoma Onumonu is Cal's top scorer with 10 goals, along with five assists. Goalkeeper Emily Kruger has made 56 saves with 15 goals allowed in 16 appearances. USC is 10-6-1 all-time against Cal after the Bears snapped a four-game USC win streak with a 2-0 win over the Trojans last year in Berkeley. USC won a wild game 5-4 in overtime against the Bears in their 2010 meeting at McAlister Field.
USC broke a five-game winless streak endured during five straight road games, beating Utah 1-0 in the Trojans' return to McAlister Field last week. Jordan Marada provided the winner on a 34th-minute score on a setup from Elizabeth Eddy, and the Trojan defense would hold tight to its second shutout win of the year to tally the long-awaited victory. Marada's goal also snapped a 258-minute stretch of scoreless soccer for the Trojan offense. Two days later, however, USC wound up in a program-record seventh overtime game. Hosting Colorado in another McAlister match, USC took a loss when the Buffs broke almost 105 minutes of silence with the winner in the second overtime period for a 1-0 Trojan defeat -- USC's sixth one-goal loss of the year and third loss in overtime.
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 105th minute decider by Colorado, 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 24 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 24 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 16 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 15 starts, as has goalkeeper Stanley. In all, USC has utilized 11 different starting lineups in its 16 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 24 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.