No. 9 Trojans Head Out on Road, Visit Oregon, Oregon State|
Sept. 28, 2016
THIS WEEK - The No. 9 Trojans are ready for their first Pac-12 road trip of the weekend, visiting Oregon on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4:30 pm and Oregon State on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. PT. Both games will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans are riding their record-setting seventh-straight shutout victory, which sets a program record. As a team they have not given up a goal in 654 minutes.
SCOUTING OREGON - The Trojans are 16-3-1 all-time against the Ducks. The Trojans have won the last three matches, including an Oct. 16, 2015 match in Eugene, 4-0. The Trojans also won 1-0 in overtime in 2014 in Eugene. The Trojans are 8-1-2 all-time when playing in Eugene. The lone loss came in 2006.
SCOUTING OREGON STATE - The Trojans are 16-5-2 all-time against the Beavers and have won the last three straight. Last season the Trojans defeated the Beavers 2-1 at McAlister Field. In 2015, the Trojans defeated the Beavers 2-1 in overtime in Corvallis. The Trojans are 8-1-2 all-time against the Beavers in Corvallis. The one loss was in 2010, where the Trojans lost 1-0.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK - The Trojans continued their shutout streak last weekend, defeating Arizona 4-0. The Trojans spread around the scoring wealth, between four different players. Katie Johnson got things started with her third goal of the season in the 23rd minute, with assists from Alex Anthony and Kayla Mills. In the 37th minute, Leah Pruitt added her second goal of the year, on an assist from freshman Julia Bingham. The assist for Bingham was her first collegiate point. In the second half, Amanda Rooney tallied her first goal of the season, cleaning up a loose ball that found it’s way back to her foot for a one-touch finish from 18 yards out in the 76th minute. Finally, Sydney Johnson found the back of the net for the first time this season as well in the 85th minute, finishing a shot from a tough angle from the end line to far post. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made an impressive six saves, all in the second half.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Mandy Freeman earned her first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor of her career, after the Trojans tallied another shutout as they defeated visiting Arizona 4-0 at McAlister Field in the Pac-12 opener last week. Freeman and the Trojans thwarted 15 shot opportunities, including a tough second half where the Wildcats had 12 shots alone. The victory set a program record with seven-straight shutout victories. This is the first time in her career that Freeman has been named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Last season she earned her first weekly honor, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after a two-goal, two-victory weekend.
RACKING UP THE WEEKLY HONORS- Ally Prisock earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career, as she led a stalwart Trojan defense that did not allow a goal against Loyola Marymount and then-No. 8 North Carolina. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme earned back-to-back Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors this year (previously was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week while at Oregon State). Prudhomme joined Prisock in anchoring the Trojan defense over the two shutouts. She made one save against Loyola Marymount on Friday in the 2-0 victory and then four saves in the 3-0 victory over then-No. 8 North Carolina. She has not allowed a goal since the 66th minute of the Long Beach State game on Friday, Aug. 26.
DEFENSIVE STRONG - Trojans are now on a seven-game shutout streak, tying the previous program record of six, set in 2006. They have not surrendered a goal in 654 minutes, tying the previous school record for minutes shut, set during the 2006 streak.The last goal the current Trojans have given up was on Aug. 26 at Long Beach State in the 66th minute. In 2015 the Trojans were the only squad to have three-straight shutout matches against Pac-12 opponents. The team is tied for first in the conference with only four goals given up nine contests. The team is also second with 40 saves and first with seven shutouts. Sammy Jo Prudhomme currently hasn’t allowed a goal in 651 minutes of action (three minutes in the North Carolina game went to backup keeper Julia Murphy.
IN THE STATS - Alex Anthony ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 13 points on the season. Her five goals place her eighth, and her 4.11 shots per game is tied for second in the conference. Sammy Jo Prudhomme leads the Pac-12 with 40 saves, 4.44 saves per game, and a save percentage of .909. She is second with six solo shutouts.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING - The Trojans rank fifth nationally with a 0.778 shutout percentage and fourth nationally with a 0.909 save percentage. Individually, goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme ranks 7th nationally with a 0.909 save percentage and ninth with six shutouts.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS - Morgan Andrews has already made her mark in the USC record book, less than two seasons into her USC career. She has tallied 15 goals for the Trojans in her career, tying her for 11th in the USC career record book for goals scored.
100 WINS - Head coach Keidane McAlpine tallied his 100th career victory last Friday against Arizona. He now sits at 100-70-22 over nine plus seasons as a head coach. The first five years were at Birmingham Southern, two years at Washington State and two plus now at USC.
AT HOME - The Trojans have won 12-straight games at McAlister Field. The last loss came on Oct. 17, 2014, 2-0 to the Sun Devils. THIS YEAR’S MIX - The Trojans return nine of 11 starters from the 2015 Sweet 16 squad, while adding impact transfer strikers Alex Anthony (Maryland) and Leah Pruitt (San Diego State). The Trojans also add nine true freshmen, a solid group that will provide instant depth to an already strong side.
IN THE IN THE RECORD BOOKS - In just her first season with the Trojans, Morgan Andrews inserted herself into multiple categories of the USC women’s soccer record book. She currently holds the USC record of consecutive games with multiple goals, which is three-straight games, with seven total goals. The streak goes from Nov. 6 (at UCLA) to Nov. 20 (at Virginia, 2nd Rd. NCAA vs. Princeton). This streak includes two goals as the Trojans defeated UCLA in Westwood for the first time ever on Nov. 6, to the first-ever Trojan postseason hat trick vs. Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 13 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, to the 2nd Round NCAA match vs. Princeton (two goals). Her 2015 12 goals rank fourth-best on the USC single-season goals list, while her 28 total points are a USC single-season seventh-best. Also her Pac-12-leading 96 shots taken in 2015 are the second-most on the single-season USC shots taken list.
LOCKDOWN DEFENSE - The 2015 Trojan defense that was tied for first with only five goals allowed in Pac-12 play. The team led the league with a goals against average of .544 in the regular season, good for the ninth-best mark nationally. The Trojans went 336 total minutes over five different contests without giving up a goal. They were the only team in the Pac-12 to go three-straight games (all in conference) without allowing a goal.
PRESEASON ACCOLADES - Seniors Morgan Andrews and Kayla Mills have racked up the preseason honors. Both were named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the nation’s top collegiate male and female soccer players. This is the first time either have been named to the watch list (36 women’s soccer student-athletes). Both Andrews and Mills were also named to the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best IX First Team, while fellow senior Mandy Freeman was named to the second team. TopDrawerSoccer also recently named Mills the top defender in the USWNT youth circuit, while Andrews was named the fourth-best midfielder. Andrews, who was the Gatorade National High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, was outstanding for the Trojans down their stretch run to a NCAA Sweet 16 bid in 2015, scoring seven of the Trojans final eight goals of the year. The Milford, N.H., native finished the season as the team’s leading goal scorer with 12 finishes, as well as the team’s leader in points with 28. She appeared in all but one game for the Trojans, starting 20 of them. The junior had five multi-goal outings, including the first-ever hat trick by a Trojan in an NCAA match as she had three in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to bring the Trojans back from a 2-0 deficit against Cal State Fullerton. She also netted two goals against crosstown rival UCLA as the Trojans defeated the Bruins for the first time ever in Westwood. Andrews, who played her first two seasons at Notre Dame, earned All-Pac-12 first team honors. Mills, the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pac-12 first team selection was third on the team with 10 points and was tied for the team-lead with six assists and two goals. The attacking-minded defender started all 23 games for the Trojans, netting the game-winner vs. USD, while adding a goal in a 4-0 victory at Oregon. She also was the leader of a stalwart Trojan defense that was tied for first with only five goals allowed in Pac-12 play. Mills earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season as the Trojans only allowed one goal in 200 minutes of action, including a shutout of then-No. 23 Long Beach State and a 2-1 victory over San Diego. In 2015, Andrews and Mills became the seventh and eighth Trojans all-time to earn NSCAA All-America honors, being named to the second team after earning First Team NSCAA All-Pacific Region. Freeman was named to the All-Pacific Region Second Team.
TRANSFER HELP- Junior forward Alex Anthony, a talented student-athlete, finished her Maryland undergraduate degree, a double major in sociology and psychology in just three years with a 3.895 GPA in Spring 2015. She was a member of the Dean’s List from fall 2013 through spring 2016 and was named a senior scholar and senior marshal in the UMD College of Behavioral Social Sciences. Athletically, after redshirting her true freshman season in 2013, she appeared in seven games and scored two goals and assisted on another in 2014, before blossoming as one of the Big Ten’s most dangerous goal scorers in 2015. In her sophomore season last fall, she started all 19 games for the Terrapins, finishing tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 goals scored. A Littleton, Colo., native, Anthony broke the school single-season record and led the Big Ten with 91 shots in 2015. Anthony also added two assists to finish tied for second in the conference with 22 points. Sophomore forward Leah Pruitt is a talented forward who earned 2015 Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors last fall, along with being named to the All-Mountain West First Team. She started all 18 games for the Aztecs as a true freshman, leading the team with 10 goals, nine assists, 29 points, five game-winners and 62 shots. 41.9 percent of her shots were on target, which was the second-best number among Aztecs with at least 10 shot attempts. To end her outstanding season she scored in four of her last five contests. Pruitt is a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and is a 2015 graduate of Alta Loma HS.
SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM- 11 Trojans earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors, headlined by Nicole Molen, who earned first team honors with a 3.94 GPA as a human biology major. She also earned CoSIDA All-Academic District VIII First Team honors. Moriah Earley, who was a Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team selection, earned CoSIDA District VIII Second Team honors, along with Sammy Jo Prudhomme, who was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection with a 3.44 GPA as a communications major. Returners Sydney Sladek and Kayla Mills both earned honorable mention nods, with a 3.23 GPA (undecided) and a 3.13 GPA (communications), respectively.