No. 6 Trojans Head Out on the Road, Visit Arizona State Saturday|
Oct. 13, 2016
THIS WEEK The No. 6 USC heads out on the road this weekend, traveling to Arizona State for a 6 p.m. PT match on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Trojans are looking to start a new winning streak after dropping a 1-0 heartbreaker to then-No. 14 California this past Sunday.
WINNING STREAK - The Trojans are ready to start a new winning streak after seeing their program-record 10 game winning streak snapped on Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Cal. Previously the Trojans had nine game winning streaks in 2008 and 2009.
AGAINST ARIZONA STATE - The Trojans are 12-7 all-time against the Sun Devils. Last year at McAlister Field the Trojans defeated the Sun Devils 2-1, but fell in 2014 2-0 at home. The Trojans are 5-5 all-time against the Sun Devils in Tempe, having lost the four-straight matches in the desert. The last time the Trojans won in Tempe was Oct. 20, 2006 when the Trojans defeated the Sun Devils 1-0.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK - The Trojans defeated then-No. 1 Stanford 3-0 last Thursday at McAlister Field, marking the first time the Trojans had ever knocked off a top-ranked team. Morgan Andrews netted two goals in the victory, first the eventual game-winner in the 28th minute and the final dagger in the 78th minute. Alex Anthony also found the back of the net in the 56th minute. Leah Pruitt had two assists on the day, while Mandy Freeman, Sydney Sladek and Nicole Molen each had one assist. The three goals were the most given up by a Stanford side since 2005. However, after that big victory, the Trojans fell 1-0 with an 86th minute goal by then-No. 14 California on Sunday, handing the Trojans their first loss since Aug. 26. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme set a new single-game USC saves record for herself with 11 saves (her career save total in one match is 15, set when she played for Oregon State in 2013).
DEFENSIVE STRONG - The Trojans ended a seven-game shutout streak with an Oregon goal in the 76th minute on Sept. 29, beating the previous program record of six, set in 2006. They did not surrendered a goal in 729 minutes, setting a new school record for minutes shut out. The previous record was 654 set during the 2006 streak. Prior the goal given up in the 76th minute of the contest at Oregon on Thursday, the last goal they gave 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 10 contests. The team is also second with 45 saves and first with seven shutouts. Sammy Jo Prudhomme went on a streak earlier this season, 726 minutes of action (three minutes in the North Carolina game went to backup keeper Julia Murphy) of shutout soccer, which puts her 27th in the NCAA record book for the longest individual goalkeeper consecutive shutout minutes streak. The national record is 1,669:25 minutes, set by North Carolina goalkeeper Anne Sherow from Sept. 5, 1987 thru Sept. 3, 1988.
RACKING UP THE WEEKLY HONORS- 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.
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.
IN THE STATS - The Trojans are tied for the top offense with Stanford with 30 goals scored (2.31 average per game) and the second-stingiest defense in the conference with just seven goals allowed in 13 games. Morgan Andrews is tied for sixth in the Pac-12 with seven goals on the season. Alex Anthony and Andrews are tied for seventh h in the conference with 1.23 points per game. Anthony is fifth in the conference with 3.62 shots per game, while Andrews is eighth with 2.92. Sammy Jo Prudhomme is first in the Pac-12 with 60 saves overall and second with 4.62 saves per game. Her save percentage of 0.896 ranks second, along with her seven solo shutouts.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING - The Trojans rank 13th nationally with a 0.615 shutout percentage and fifth nationally with a 0.897 save percentage. The team's offense ranks 27th nationally with an average of 2.31 goals per game and 24th with 6.69 points per game. The team's win-loss-tied percentage of 0.769 ranks 23rd. Individually, goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme ranks 7th nationally with a 0.896 save percentage, 11th nationally with seven shutouts and 22nd with a goals against average or 0.537.
SENIOR CLASS - Senior defender Mandy Freeman was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, given to the nation's most well-rounded student-athlete in each sport. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Each of the two candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
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 17 goals for the Trojans in her career, putting her in 10th in the USC career record book for goals scored.
100 WINS - Head coach Keidane McAlpine tallied his 100th career victory against Arizona. He now sits at 103-71-22 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 saw their 13-game home winning streak snapped last Sunday in the 1-0 loss to Cal.The previous 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, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year 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 and Mills became 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