March 9, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- USC head coach Keidane McAlpine announces the 10-member 2016 women's soccer recruiting class.
The first full class put together by McAlpine features 10 highly-touted student-athletes from around the world. The class includes nine different student-athletes with youth national team experience, six from the U.S. Youth National Team circuit, one from England and one from Australia. Overall the class includes three forwards, two defenders, four midfielders and one goalkeeper.
One member of the recruiting class, Australian defender Lulu Pullar joined the Trojans in January and is getting integrated into the current group during spring ball.
"I am very excited to add 10 wonderful women to our family," said head coach McAlpine. "They bring great character, talent, and a wealth of experiences to an already solid team. The hard work that Jen [Klein] and Jason [Lockhart] put into the recruitment of our first full class shines bright in its quality. I look towards the upcoming season with great anticipation and excitement, knowing that the current group is hard at work in preparation to aid this freshmen group in their transition."
Below are the bios of the 10 members of the class in alphabetical order -
Julia Bingham -- Forward -- Slammers FC -- Ontario, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory HS
Samantha Bruder -- Forward/Defender - Real So Cal - Bell Canyon, Calif./ Oaks Christian School Member of the U-14, U-15, U-18 U.S. National Team experience...Member of state and regional ODP teams for over five years...Four-year starting varsity forward/defender...Player of the Year in 2014...Leading goal scorer with 23 goals in 2014-15...Three-time All-Marmonte League first teamer...Led her HS team to two Marmonte League titles...2014-15 Marmonte League MVP CIF champion in 2013...Named Oaks Christian HS Best Athlete in 2011...Was named the No. 1 Defender in 2013-14 in Top Drawer Soccer's positional rankings...2014 ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Tournament leading scorer
Member of the U-14, U-15, U-18 U.S. Women's National Team experience...Member of state and regional ODP teams for five years...Participated in 2013 Interregional Event in Florida...2013 Puma Elite Showcase in Florida...2014 Nike National Training Camp...Won championship titles with her club team Slammers at State Cup, National Cup, Far West Regionals and ECNL...Three-time Surf Cup champion...Four-year starting varsity forward/defender at St. Lucy's Priory HS...Two-time team captain...Inland Valley All-Area team in 2014...First-Team All-Baseline League 2014...Second-Team All-Baseline League in 2015 and 2013...Offensive MVP in 2014...First Team All-League in 2013...Defensive MVP in 2013...Rookie of the year in 2012
Kaylie Collins -- Goalkeeper -- Mustang SC -- Clayton, Calif./Carondelet HS
Member of the U-14 and U-15 U.S. National Teams...US Youth Soccer Regional IV ODP member...Named to Top Drawer Soccer Top 10 Goalkeepers for 2016...Four-year starting varsity goalkeeper...Named Top Drawer Soccer High School All-American Second Team in 2015...Three-time All-League...Contra Costa Times First Team All-East Bay...Three-time All-Academic East Bay...Team captain...Puma Elite National Camp in 2013 and 2014...Id2 National Team Camp in 2014.
Courtney Corrin -- Defender - Real So Cal - Harvard-Westlake High School
U.S. Youth National Team U-14, U-15 and U-17 camp experience...2016 National Elite Prep Showcase All Tournament First Team...Selected to 2016 California High School All-Star Showcase Team... All-CIF First Team Southern Section Soccer Team in 2015...All-Area Mission League Most Valuable Player in 2015... All-CIF First Team Southern Section Soccer Team in 2014...California State Girls High School Soccer Newcomer of the Year in 201...Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Girls Soccer-Player of the Year and First Team Selection... 2016 Harvard-Westlake HS team captain...4 Year Varsity letterman...Most Valuable Offensive Player-2013...Most Valuable Defensive Player-2014...Harvard Westlake Most Valuable Player in 2014 and 2015...Golden Boot award-Mater Dei Tournament in 2014...Has participated in the U.S. Youth National Team camps, U-14 in 2014, U-15 in 2012 and U-17 in 2013.... Three-time (2013-15) Cal High State Female Athlete of the Year in soccer and track and field...Is set to be a two-sport athlete at Troy, also will run track.
Savannah DeMelo -- Midfielder -- Beach FC -- Bellflower, Calif./Saint Joseph HS
Currently one of the youngest players on the U-20 U.S. Youth National Team...Member of the U-14, U-15, U-18 Youth National Teams...Captain of the U-18 team for an international friendly vs. Mexico...NSCAA HS All-American in 2015...Member of state and regional ODP teams...Regional ODP champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015...ODP national champion in 2014 and 2015...USYS GU-17 National Championship finalists in 2015 with her club Beach FC...National League Champions in 2015...USYS GU-16 National Champion, named to Best 11, won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals in the tournament...Four-year starting varsity midfielder/forward for Saint Joseph HS...First-Team All-League 2013-15, League Champion in 2013, CIF Finalist in 2014...Press Telegram Player of the Year in 2014...Puma Elite Showcase invitee in 2013...ECNL ID2 National Training Camp 2014, top 11 list.
Daria Petredes -- Midfielder -- Beach FC -- Yorba Linda, Calif./ El Dorado HS
Current member of the U.S. U-18 National Team...Member of the U.S. Youth ODP Region IV team...Member of Cal South ODP/ID2 team...U.S. Youth Soccer ODP National champion in 2013, 2014 and 2015...Region IV ODP champion 2013-15, named to All-Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015...Four-year starting varsity center midfielder for El Dorado HS...First-Team All-League in 2014-15...Named Second Team All-CIF in 2014-15...Second Team All-League in 2013-14...USYS GU-17 National Championship finalist in 2015, named to the Best 11...USYS GU-16 National Champion in 2014, named to the Best 11 Team...Three-time distinguished scholar athlete
Ashleigh Plumptre -- Midfielder -- Notts County -- Nottinghamshire, England/The Becket School
Recently named to the English Women’s U-23 team for La Manga Tournament in March.…Has competed for the U-19 team…Attended UEFA Women's U-17 Championships in Iceland in 2015, started all 11 games in the tournament for England...Attended UEFA Women's U-17 Championships in England in 2014...Had 30 caps for England's U-15 and U-17 National Teams...Has scored 10 goals for her country...Represented England at the Nordic Cup in 2013 and 2014...Member of Notts County Women's First Team...Runner up in the first FA Women's Cup with Notts County...Was the youngest player to play for Notts County and any other FA Women's League First Team...Named the Becket School Player of the Year in 2013
Lulu Pullar -- Defender -- Brisbane Roar Football Club -- Queensland, Australia/Somerville House
HS Member of the Australian U-19 National Team...Named Australia's Most Valuable Player on Foreign Tour in 2015...Attended U-23 Australia National Training camp in 2015...Has represented her state of Queensland every year since she was 11 years old...National Premier League Australia Rising Star Award in 2014...Comes to Troy from the top women's team in Queensland, the Brisbane Roar Football Club.
Taylor McMorrow -- Forward -- So Cal Blues -- Newport Coast, Calif./Corona Del Mar HS
Member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV 1998 team...Member of Cal South Pro 98 Team from 2010-14...Won a National Championship in 2014...Surf College Cup Champion in 2013-14...Named to ECNL Top Scorers List in 2013 and 2014...Attended U.S. Soccer Marketing Training Centers...ECNL PDP in 2014 and 2015.
Jalen Woodward -- Midfielder -- Crossfire Premier -- Seattle, Wash./Seattle Preparatory School
High School All-American in 2015...Competed in the High School All-Star Game during the NCAA College Cup...Member of the U-14 U.S. National Team in 2012...ECNL National Championship Finalist in 2015...Named to ECNL All-Event Team Top 11 in 2013...Nike Manchester United Premier Cup Champion in 2012...Member of U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Team in 2011, 2013 and 2014...Named All-State, All-Area and All-Metro League in 2012-14...Led Seattle Prep High School in scoring as a midfielder in 2013 and 2014.