Oct. 30, 2014
USC Game Notes 10-30-14
THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (10-5-2) remains on the road this week and looks to keep their two-game winning streak alive as they head to No. 17 Washington for a 4 p.m. PT match on Halloween, and then travels to No. 22 Washington State for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Nov. 2.
THE LAST MEETING
October 4, 2013
Trojans Take Another Tight Loss, Falling 1-0 To Washington
The USC women's soccer team put forth one of its most ferocious second halves of the year but still came up empty on the scoring front in a 1-0 loss to Washington today at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy cranked up the pressure and fired off seven shots on the Huskies in the last 45 of action, only to see Washington's 45th-minute goal hold up down the stretch. USC goes to 5-5-1 overall and 0-2-0 in Pac-12 play with the loss, while Washington improves to 5-5-1, 1-0-1.
THE LAST MEETING
October 6, 2013
USC Skids To 2-0 Loss To WSU
The USC women's soccer team got snarled in another shutout loss today, this time denied of a Pac-12 win by visiting Washington State, which pulled off a 2-0 victory over the Trojans at McAlister Field. In spite of another solid stretch of strong soccer played at both ends by the Women of Troy, they again came up empty on the scoreboard. The loss puts USC at 5-6-1 overall and 0-3 in Pac-12 play, while WSU improves to 8-1-3, 1-1-1.
IN THE RANKINGS - The Women of Troy have now dropped out of the national rankings. The highest the team has been ranked this season is No. 14, marking the highest the Women of Troy have been ranked since the second week of the 2009 season when they were ranked No. 12. That year they started off the season ranked No. 8 nationally.GOALS GALORE
The Women of Troy have scored 38 goals so far on the season, already seven more than they scored all of last season (31). The 38 goals are the most the program has seen since 2010. The Women of Troy have 17 different goal scorers on the year, with seven having had multi-goal outings The team's 38 goals are second in the Pac-12, and they also rank No. 2 in points per game (6.24) and assists per game (1.76 per game, 30 total).BEST START - The Women of Troy's season start of 6-0-2 is a program-best. The program has never seen a team be undefeated through its first eight games of the season. The last record was the 2000 team, which went 5-0-0 to start the year. The team's 10 wins so far on the season are the most the program has seen since 2010, and there are still three games to go.RECAPPING LAST WEEK - The Trojans got back to winning ways on the road at the Oregon schools last week. First at Oregon, the Trojans found a golden goal in double overtime (104th minute) from freshman Sydney Sladek
, who broke the deadlock with a strike from 25 yards out. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley
had a season-high seven saves in the win. Then on Sunday, in messy, rainy conditions at Oregon State, the Trojans fought through to pull out a 2-1 overtime victory. Junior defender Whitney Pitalo
tallied her first goal of the year on a corner kick, heading in the offering from Jamie Fink
to tie the game up just five minutes after the Beavers took a 1-0 lead early in the second half. In the 94th minute, Alex Quincey
came through with her team-leading 10th goal of the year and fourth game winner to give the Trojans the 2-1 victory.PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Whitney Pitalo
- Pitalo became the first Trojan ever to win Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week since the award's inception in 2012. Against the Beavers on Sunday, Pitalo picked a good time to net her first goal since her freshman season, as she connected on a header off a corner kick from teammate Jamie Fink
in the 54th minute to tie the game back up at 1-1, after the Beavers had taken a 1-0 lead just five minutes earlier. She then helped the defense shore things up, not allowing another goal through regulation and into overtime, allowing teammate Alex Quincey
to come up with the game-winning goal in the 96th minute of a wet, sloppy game to finish the Trojans' sweep of the Oregon schools.On Friday at Oregon, Pitalo and the Trojan defense held the Ducks scoreless through 104 minutes of play, weathering 13 shots by the Ducks on a wet field to eventually take the 1-0 victory in double overtime.On the weekend, Pitalo led a stout Trojan defense that held both Oregon and Oregon State scoreless through 151 minutes on the road.QUINCEY'S KICKS - Senior Alex Quincey
is tied for third in the Pac-12 with 10 goals on the year. Her 10 goals have come on just 31 shots. She has a team-leading .323 shooting percentage. four of her goals have been game winners. The last Trojan to score 10 goals in a season was Amy Rodriguez
, who completed the feat in 2007.SCOUTING WASHINGTON - The Huskies are ranked No. 17 in the latest NSCAA poll as they are 12-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the Pac-12. Goalkeeper Megan Kufeld is the reigning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week. Striker Jaclyn Softli leads the team with 10 goals on the year and Kate Bennett is net with six goals. At home this season they are 5-1-0.The Trojans are 11-7-2 all-time vs. the Huskies. The Trojans are 2-5-1 vs. the Huskies in Seattle all-time. Last time the teams met there was in 2011, where the Trojans won 1-0.SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars are ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA poll this week with a record of 10-2-3, 5-2-1 Pac-12. The team is under the leadership of first-year head coach Steve Nugent, after current USC head coach Keidane McAlpine
left the Palouse last December. Last week the Cougars swept Utah and Colorado on the road. At home this year the Cougars are 3-1-1. They have a very balanced offensive attack, with four different players with three goals on the year, and 11 different Cougars overall having found the back of the net on the year.The Trojans are 9-7-3 all-time vs. the Cougars. Last year the team fell 2-0 at home to the Cougs. Last time they met in Pullman in 2012 the Trojans lost 4-0. The Trojans are 1-5-1 vs. the Cougars in Pullman all-time.RACKING UP THE HONORS - North Carolina transfer Reilly Parker
has made herself known in the early going, as her two goals over the weekend, including the game-winner over Notre Dame earned her Pac-12 Player of the Week. She was also named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week and was College Soccer 360 Primetime Player. The honor was the first of her career and the first for the Women of Troy since Elizabeth Eddy
won in the first week of the 2013 season.
Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley
was also recognized her outstanding play between the pipes as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week. Stanley is the first Trojan to win the honor since the inception of the award. She collected seven saves over the two wins, including the huge stop on the Notre Dame penalty kick. The last goalkeeper to receive a weekly honor was Kristin Olsen
, who earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors in 2009.
Sophomore defender Mandy Freeman
was named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after the Women of Troy held Arizona scoreless in the Pac-12 opener on the road.THE VETS - The Trojans boast four seniors in Jessica Musmanno
, Alex Quincey
, Caroline Stanley
and Heather Davis
. Stanley is set to be the Trojans' starting goalkeeper for the third-straight season. Last season Stanley started all 20 games in goal, making 78 saves for a save percentage of .757. Musmanno and Quincey provide the Trojans with versatility, and head coach McAlpine expects them to be big contributors on any of the three lines. Overall the Trojans boast 19 returners, including six starters.
leads a strong junior class, as the Trojans bring back goal-scoring tenacity with Fink (five goals) and Katie Johnson
(five goals). Megan Borman
will also be looked at to be a big contributor for the Women of Troy in 2014.THE SOPHS - The Trojans boast a strong group of sophomores, headlined by Mandy Freeman
and Kayla Mills
. The Trojans also have strong contributors in midfielder/forward Savannah Levin
, who appeared in 17 games last season, making seven starts. The return of a healthy Dominique Randle
, now a redshirt sophomore is key for the Trojans in 2014, as she will be able to anchor the defensive line with Freeman.THE NEWBIES - USC welcomes 11 new Women of Troy to the turf for 2014. It's a crew packed with talent and potential for immediate impact on the pitch, led by North Carolina transfer Reilly Parker
. Freshman Sydney Sladek
was the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and should make a splash for the Trojans from day one, along with Nicole Molen
and Sydney Johnson
.THE STAFF - The Trojans have a new-look coaching staff in 2014. Along with head coach Keidane McAlpine
, the 2013 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the staff includes former UNLV head coach Jen Klein
, one of McAlpine's assistants at Washington State, along with Jason Lockhart
, also an assistant for McAlpine in Pullman, Wash.SISTER ACTS - Three USC juniors have factored in significantly to the USC gameplan since arriving at USC two seasons ago, and their ability to make a quick transition may well be attributed to family ties. Jamie Fink
, Katie Johnson
and Erin Owen
have all played a ton of minutes, and all three have older sisters who also have been USC student-athletes. Fink's older sister Amanda was an All-American and Pac-12 champion in tennis; Katie Johnson's
older sister Isabelle also was on the soccer team; and Owen's older sister Kelly was a co-captain on the track and cross country teams before graduating last year. Whether it has been familiarity with USC overall or sisterly advice on how to succeed as a student-athlete, it's working as all three have played in every game to date.The collegiate soccer pedigree lives amongst other Women of Troy, including sophomores Mandy Freeman
, Savannah Levin
and Dominique Randle
. Mandy's sister Ashley played soccer, softball and ran track at Florida, while her sister Tiara played soccer at South Alabama. Savannah's sister Camille played soccer for four seasons at Stanford and was a member of the 2011 National Championship team on the Farm. Camille currently plays in the NWSL for Sky Blue F.C. as a defender. Randle's sister Brittanee plays college soccer at Missouri. Marlee Carrillo's
sister Mikaela Carrillo also plays Division I soccer and is a senior defender at Idaho State this season.