No. 5 Trojans Host Washington State and Washington at McAlister Field This Week |
Oct. 19, 2016
THIS WEEK - No. 5 Trojans return to the friendly confines of McAlister Field this week, hosting Washington State at 2 p.m. PT on Thursday, Oct. 20 and Washington at 11 am on Sunday, Oct. 23. Thursday’s match will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans are fresh off a 2-0 road victory at Arizona State this past Saturday.
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 WASHINGTON STATE - The Trojans are 11-7-3 all-time against the Cougars. The Trojans have won the last two games (since head coach McAlpine and his staff) have come to Troy from Pullman. Both victories came in Pullman (1-0 scores in both 2014 and 2015), and this marks the first time McAlpine and staff have faced the Cougars at McAlister Field. The Trojans are 4-2-2 against the Cougars at McAlister Field. The last time the Trojans welcomed the Cougars to McAlister Field, Oct. 6, 2013, the Trojans fell 2-0 (when McAlpine was the head coach of the Cougars). The last victory at McAlister was in 2010, the Trojans won 3-2.
AGAINST WASHINGTON - The Trojans are 12-8-2 all-time against the Huskies. The Trojans fell last season 1-0 in Seattle to the Huskies on a penalty kick. In 2014, the Trojans defeated the Huskies 2-1 also in Seattle. The last time the two sides played at McAlister Field was on Oct. 4, 2013, where the Trojans fell 1-0.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK - The Trojans defeated Arizona State 2-0 on the road, rebounding from their loss on Oct. 9 to California. After a quiet first half, the Trojans rebounded in the second half, putting the first goal of the day on the board in the 58th minute, as Leah Pruitt made a streaking run down the right side, laying it off in the box for Katie Johnson, who put away her team-leading seventh goal of the year to give the Trojans the 1-0 lead. Then in the 76th minute, Savannah Levin made an incredible run from midfield, juking defenders left and right and then delivering an outstanding shot from the top of the box that finished top shelf for Levin’s first goal of the year. The goal put the game out of reach at 2-0. The game was the Trojans’ 12th multi-goal game. The Trojans are now 11-1 when they score more than one goal on the day.
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- Senior defender Savannah Levin earned her first career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor this week after helping lead the Trojans their ninth shutout of the year, while scoring her first goal of the season to give the Trojans the 2-0 victory on the road. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme earned her third Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year award after making five saves and tallying her eighth shutout of the year. 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 on Sept. 23. 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 was 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 second in the conference with 32 goals scored (2.29 average per game) and the second-stingiest defense in the conference with just seven goals allowed in 14 games (0.50 goals per game). Morgan Andrews and Katie Johnson are tied for eighth in the Pac-12 with seven goals on the season. Alex Anthony and K. Johnson are tied for 10th in the conference with 1.14 points per game. Anthony is fifth in the conference with 3.50 shots per game, while Andrews is ninth with 2.79. Sammy Jo Prudhomme is first in the Pac-12 with 65 saves overall and second with 4.64 saves per game. Her save percentage of 0.903 ranks first, and her eight solo shutouts rank second.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING - The Trojans rank 10th nationally with a 0.643 shutout percentage and fourth nationally with a 0.904 save percentage. The team’s offense ranks 24th nationally with an average of 2.29 goals per game and 24th with 6.57 points per game. The team’s win-loss-tied percentage of 0.786 ranks 21st. Individually, goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme ranks 5th nationally with a 0.903 save percentage, 9th nationally with eight shutouts and 14th with a goals against average or 0.499.
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 104-71-22 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.
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 Trojans earned the NSCAA 2015-16 College Team Academic Award with a 3.26 team GPA. To qualify you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher for the entire academic year. 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.