Hoey and Pitalo Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Rico Hoey
    Oct. 27, 2014

    LOS ANGELES – USC men’s golfer Rico Hoey and women’s soccer defender Whitney Pitalo were named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 20-26, on Monday, Oct. 27.

    Rico Hoey showcased his skills on the golf course at the Bill Cullum Invitational, finishing second at 12-under 204 (64-67-72). The sophomore’s efforts contributed to the Trojans’ scoring a combined 31-under 833 (275-280-278) and claiming the tournament title. Hoey’s performance provided a comfortable lead for the Trojans, who finished 11 strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State in dominating fashion.

    Hoey’s most notable scores were a pair of birdies and an eagle on the par 5 18th hole. The golfer’s performance marks his second top-three finish this season. USC looks ahead to compete in the Gifford Collegiate Championship, Nov. 5-7, at the CordeValle G.C. in San Martin, Calif.

    Also nominated for men’s student-athlete of the week honors: Kostas Genidounias (water polo) and Jonny Wang (tennis).

    Whitney Pitalo’s stalwart defense and clutch scoring proved to be critical as the Trojans beat Oregon 1-0 in double overtime and upended Oregon State 2-1 in a come-from-behind win. On Friday in Eugene, Ore., Pitalo teamed up with goalie Caroline Stanley to provide the shutout, as Sydney Sladek ultimately won the game with a score in the 104th minute.

    Facing rainy conditions in Corvallis, Ore., with the Trojans down 1-0 to the Beavers, Pitalo delivered the equalizer with a header into the net off a corner kick by Jamie Fink. This score marked the junior’s first goal of the season, and third of her career, coming at the right time for the Trojans. USC went on the win in dramatic fashion with a goal by Alex Quincy in the first overtime period. The Trojans travel on the road to face Washington on Friday, Oct.31, and Washington State on Sunday, Nov.2.

    Also nominated for women’s student-athlete of the week honors: Zoe Scandalis (tennis) and Ebony Nwanebu (volleyball).

    The USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week are voted on by the student assistants and Sports Information Directors of the USC Sports Information Office. Nominations are compiled and distributed for voting by Alec Koondel. Student assistant voters include Charlotte Adlam, Taiu Kunimoto, Nikki Borchard, Andrew McKagan, Eike Daube, Tera Novy, Carlene Jones, Max Schwartz, Gaby Smotrys, Aubrey Kragen, and intern Katie Ryan.