Trojans to Host No. 1 UCLA in|
Nov. 6, 2014
Katie Johnson, including a heroic game winner in the 90th minute at Washington State to seal the 1-0 victory for the Trojans and head coach Keidane McAlpine and his staff on their return to Pullman, Wash. Goalkeeper Caroline Stanley came up with some huge saves (5), to keep the Trojans in the game. At Washington on a sloppy, wet field, the Trojans came through, as a converted penalty kick from Jamie Fink sealed the win for the Trojans.PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK Katie Johnson, GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK CAROLINE STANLEY- Johnson was the offensive power behind the Trojans' two big road upsets. The junior began the week with a goal against Washington to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead in a game that USC eventually won, 2-1. Johnson then netted the dramatic goal in the final minute of regulation against Washington State, running onto a flicked header from teammate Jamie Fink and giving USC the 1-0 victory. The forward has scored six goals so far on the season, including two game winners as the Trojans are currently riding a four-game winning streak. Stanley made eight saves over the weekend's two road games The senior goalkeeper was between the pipes all 180 minutes for USC, only giving up one goal. In the 2-1 win over Washington, Stanley recorded three saves on wet field conditions. She then went on to make five saves in a 1-0 win over Washington State where the Cougars had nine corner kick opportunities, but Stanley held her line and came up with her seventh shutout of the year.Johnson's honor is the first of her career while Stanley's is her second of her career and the season.QUINCEY'S KICKS - Senior Alex Quincey is tied for fourth 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 UCLA- The No. 1 Bruins enter the final weekend of the regular season with an undefeated 17-0-2 record. Nine Bruins will be playing in their final regular season game on Friday at the Coliseum. The Bruins are 5-21-1 all-time vs. the Trojans. The last time the Trojans and Bruins met in the Coliseum was on on Oct. 22, 2010, and the Trojans won 1-0. All-time at a USC home field, the Trojans are 4-5-1 against the Bruins. All-time at the Coliseum, the Trojans are 2-1-1. The Trojans lost 4-1 to the Bruins last season in Westwood, but the Trojans have won the last two matchups at USC, first 3-2 in overtime at McAlister Field in 2012 and then 1-0 in the Coliseum in 2010.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. Whitney 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, 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.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.