Women's Soccer Back in the NCAA Tournament Field, Face Pepperdine in the First Round Nov. 15|
Nov. 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's soccer team was selected into the field of 64 for the 2014 NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, it was announced on Monday afternoon.
The Trojans (12-6-2, 6-5 Pac-12) will travel to Malibu, Calif. to face the No. 4-seeded team in the tournament, the Pepperdine Waves (15-2-3). The game will be played at Tari Frahm Rokus Field at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday, November 15.
The Trojans and Waves met earlier this season, on Sunday, Sept. 22 at McAlister Field, where the Trojans fell 2-1. Erin Owen scored for the Trojans in the loss where USC outshot the visiting Waves 19-13 and have seven corner kicks to the Waves' four. The Trojans forced Waves goalkeeper Hannah Seabert to make eight saves, while USC keeper Caroline Stanley made three saves.
The Trojans won four of their final five matches in Pac-12 play to advance to the tournament, finishing fourth in the Pac-12 with a record of 6-5 in conference.
Head coach Keidane McAlpine becomes the fourth coach all-time to take three different schools to the NCAA Tournament. He is also the second USC coach to take his team to the NCAA Tournament during his first season at the helm. Previous head coach Ali Khosroshahin led the Trojans in the postseason and the program's only national championship during his first season as head coach in 2007.