Oct. 29, 2013
USC Soccer Release
The USC women's soccer team is back in town for its final two matches of the year at McAlister Field. The Trojans will host Oregon in a 3 p.m. clash on Friday (Nov. 1) before playing their home finale on Sunday (Nov. 3) against Oregon State at 11 a.m. That matchup will mark Senior Day for the Women of Troy, who will honor their five beloved seniors, Autumn Altamirano, Haley Boysen, Mia Bruno, Elizabeth Eddy and Jordan Marada, in a pre game ceremony. The OSU game also will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
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THE LAST MEETING
October 7, 2012
Trojans Edged Out In Overtime In Oregon
The USC women's soccer team stretched its run of overtime games to five in a row today, taking host Oregon into extra time to decide their Pac-12 clash of 2012. But in the 96th minute of play in Eugene, Ore., it was the Ducks that found a lucky chance to pocket the win for a 1-0 decision. That leaves USC winless in its past four games, as the Trojans now sit at 4-6-3 overall and 1-2-2 in Pac-12 play after playing overtime games in every match of conference play this year. Oregon goes to 6-6-2, 1-3-1 with its first conference win.
THE LAST MEETING
October 5, 2012
110 Minutes Later, USC Caught In Another OT Tie
The USC women's soccer team have logged an immense amount of extra minutes in this opening stretch of Pac-12 play. With today's 1-1 tie at Oregon State, the Trojans recorded their fourth straight overtime match -- a program record and a run that has USC holding a 1-1-2 conference record. USC freshman Jamie Fink scored her first career goal to help the Trojans ahead, but an own goal would level things and the winner would elude the feet of the Women of Troy. USC goes to 4-5-3 overall with the outcome, and host Oregon State moves to 9-3-1 overall with a 1-2-1 Pac-12 mark.
Live streaming video will be available for Friday's USC-Oregon game at pac-12.com/videos/university-southern-california. Sunday's USC-OSU match will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, with play-by-play from Jim Watson and analysis from Tammy Blackburn. The live streaming broadcast is also available online to Pac-12 Network recipients at pac-12.com/networks/pac-12-national/. Live stats also will be available for both games. Click the Gametracker link on the USC women's soccer schedule page at usctrojans.com for live stats.
McAlister Field will be rocking on Sunday with lots of fans and groups expected to pack the house for Senior Day! Fresh-grilled hot dogs will be on sale for $1 each to add to the festivities. Space may be tight in the stands, so bring a blanket to join the spillover sections on the grass!
USC broke 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 six weeks ago. Oregon and Oregon State also are unranked this week.
The Ducks are 4-9-3 and 2-5-1 in Pac-12 play after falling 2-1 to Stanford and beating Cal 1-0. ShayLee Miner leads Oregon with three goals, and goalkeeper Abby Steele has made 76 saves with 15 goals allowed in her 16 appearances. Oregon went 8-10-2 overall and 3-7-1 in Pac-12 play last season. USC is 13-3-1 all-time against the Ducks, with losses in the past two meetings. USC and Oregon tied in 2010, and the Trojans' last win over the Ducks was a 1-0 victory at McAlister Field in 2009. Last year, Oregon beat USC 1-0 in overtime. In 2011, it was a 2-1 Oregon win at McAlister.
The Beavers are 5-10-2 overall and 3-4-1 in Pac-12 play after beating Cal 1-0 and losing 4-1 to Stanford last week. Erin Uchasz leads OSU with three goals and two assists and goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme has made 79 saves with 19 goals against in her 16 appearances. OSU went 11-6-3 overall and 3-5-3 last season. USC is 13-5-2 all-time against OSU after a 1-1 tie last season in Corvallis. Before that, the Beavers had beaten USC three straight times since USC's last win -- a 1-0 decision in Corvallis in 2008. In their last tangle at McAlister Field, OSU beat USC 1-0 in overtime last season.
The Trojans were upended in two one-goal decisions last week on the road, coming short of a comeback push with a 2-1 loss at Colorado before taking a 1-0 loss at Utah. Against the Buffs, USC mustered up some late-game energy, but it was not quite enough to overcome the deficit handed down to the Trojans in Boulder. Colorado had forced four saves out of USC goalkeeper Caroline Stanley in the first 45, but Stanley and the Trojan defense were up to the challenges in holding things scoreless by halftime. In the second half, USC was getting good at getting deep in Buffalo territory. The Trojans would get whistled for two offsides calls and also together a series of corner kicks, but the shots weren't coming. After one of those USC offsides, Colorado countered quickly and against the run of play the Buffaloes found themselves up 1-0 on a finish from Brie Hooks in the 66th minute. Six minutes later, after Marlee Carrillo sent a shot wide, Colorado again tapped into its transition game, beating the USC defense and finding some padding when Alyssa Herwatt chipped her opportunity off the crossbar and in to take the Buffs ahead 2-0 with 18 minutes left in regulation. The clock just stubbornly kept ticking down as the Trojans pushed to battle back. They had come back from two down in their previous game, thanks to two scores from Carrillo, although USC would fall in OT in last week's Friday contest. This time, Carrillo was again a spark, as the sophomore plugged in another late goal for the Women of Troy. Stanley would line up to take a USC free kick in the 88th minute, finding Carrillo for the header and the score that cut it to a one-goal game. But the equalizer would elude the Trojans in this one, leaving USC with the 2-1 road loss in Boulder. Two days later, USC had host Utah on the ropes, outshooting the Utes down the stretch, 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 Trojans had peppered the Utah goal with 12 shots and forced four saves out of Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke before the Utes put USC keeper Stanley to the test. Kayla Mills and Megan Borman drilled first-half shots that were stopped by Luke as the teams stayed 0-0 at the break. In the second, Mills and her offense continued to press, and yet Luke was up to the challenge with saves against Mills and Katie Johnson as time ticked down. In the 76th minute, the Utes were finally able to solve the Trojan defense and put a shot on goal. Stanley made the save, but the loose ball off the stop was cleaned up by Utah's Allie Wisner, and the Utes snagged a 1-0 lead with under 15 minutes to go. The Trojans had managed scores in the last 10 minutes of action in their previous two games, so USC was anything but out of reach. Jordan Marada blasted a couple shots in the next stretch, with Luke there for the stop. In the final minute, USC looked primed for the equalizer when Mills rocketed a shot on goal, only to see a diving Luke haul it in, preserving Utah's advantage and stymying the Trojans for the last time in the match.
In spite of a breakout start to the year in which the Trojans scored 12 goals in their first three games, USC came up empty on the scoring front for a stretch of 453 minutes that spanned from a first-minute goal by Megan Borman in a Sept. 22 loss to Cal State Fullerton to Alex Quincey's 78th minute equalizer against Cal on Oct. 11. Quincey's breakthrough was the lift the Trojans needed, forcing the 1-1 draw with No. 8 Cal and helping build USC's confidence for their next game, where Quincey came through again with the game-winning goal to upset No. 5 Stanford on Oct. 13.
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.
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 has outscored opponents 26-21 this season. USC scored 12 goals in its first three games, setting a program record. And 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 also matched this year.
The USC attacking abilities are widespread. While senior Elizabeth Eddy leads the team with five goals, six 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 sophomores Jamie Fink and Marlee Carrillo. Senior Jordan Marada and junior Alex Quincey have punched in two each, 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 10 Trojans, led by Mills with seven, Marada with four and Autumn Altamirano, 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 39 goals, 30 assists and 146 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 freshman 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 entered 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. Now, Johnson, Borman, Fink and Carrillo have all tallied goals this year, adding 11 goals to the USC total.
USC has welcomed 12 new Women of Troy to the turf for 2013. It's a crew packed with the talent to make 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. To date, Freeman is the only newcomer to start every game, but Mills is right there with 16 starts in 17 appearances. Other regulars in the rotation are Natalie Donaldson (16), Savannah Levin (15 appearances) and Tanya Samarzich (12).
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
BAY AREA BREAKTHROUGH
Alex Quincey came up big for USC in a tough road trip through the Bay Area, scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with No. 8 California before slamming home the winner against No. 5 Stanford for a long-awaited shutout win for the Trojans. The well-rounded victory marked USC's first win over Stanford since 2005 and snapped a skid of five winless games by the Trojans. Quincey's heroic weekend began on Friday, though, when her 78th-minute blast locked USC even with No. 8 Cal. Until that goal slammed home, USC had been stuck in a stretch of four straight losses and had come up empty on the scoring front for 454 minutes of play. Needless to say, Quincey's goal provided a lift for a talented Trojan team that had seemed snakebit.
BIG WINNERS ON OPENING WEEKEND
USC emerged victorious from it 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 Fink. Eddy bookended those blasts in scoring USC's first and last goals of the match. 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 Fink's opener. The Women of Troy would build a 4-0 advantage on a finish in the box from Eddy before the Toreros managed two late goals against a younger USC lineup to wrap the final scoreline as a 4-2 USC win.
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.
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.