THIS SEASON: Patty Cardenas has established herself as one of the top players in the nation, wielding a powerful scoring arm and all-around talent that also has lifted the senior to the U.S. National Team.
2006: A transfer from Golden West College, Cardenas was an immediate impact in her first season at USC... Was the team's third leading scorer with 40 goals, including 15 multiple-goal games... Topped out with a career-high four goals in a Feb. 12 win over UCLA in the Stanford Tournament championship and scored in a total of 23 games for the Trojans... Named MPSF Player of the Week after the Stanford Tournament... Received All-American honorable mention.
AT GOLDEN WEST: Cardenas was the 2003 All-Southern California Co-MVP... Won the 2002 State Championship with Golden West... Named the California Community College MVP and Community College Southern California MVP in 2002.
NATIONAL TEAMS: Cardenas is a member of the U.S. National Team, which won won gold at the 2007 Holiday Cup and over the summer in the FINA Super Final and took fourth at the 2006 World Cup... Will compete with Team USA in Australia at the 2007 World Championships in March... Was a member of the U.S. Youth National Team from 1997-98 and the Junior National Team from 1999-2000... Junior team won the 2000 Pan-American Games championship... Youth team won the Nor-Am championship in 1998.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cardenas won four straight CIF Division III championships at Bell Gardens High... A three-time first-team All-American at Bell Gardens... Named CIF Co-MVP as a junior and senior... Team went 117-3 from 1999-2002... Plays club for Commerce, winning Junior Olympic titles 1997-9999... Commerce team also won Junior Nationals 1996-1998... High school teammates with current Trojans Alex Lopez and Denise Madrid.
PERSONAL: Cardenas is majoring in sociology... Parents are Josefina and Alfredo... Has two brothers, Jose and Ivan... Enjoys spending time with her family... Lists Lance Armstrong as her biggest sports hero... Says she has always wanted to become a Trojan... Birthdate is Aug. 19, 1984.