Big Week for No. 4 Trojans, Travel to Utah and No. 22 Colorado|
Oct. 26, 2016
THIS WEEK - No. 4 Trojans head back out on the road this week, with two huge contests with Pac-12 title implications on deck. First on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. PT, the Trojans visit Utah. That contest will be followed by an Oct. 30 11 a.m. PT match at Colorado.
WINNING STREAK - The Trojans' new winning streak now sits at three, after a victory at Arizona State and home wins over Washington State and Washington. The team saw its program-record 10 game winning streak snapped against Cal, 1-0 on Oct. 9. Previously the Trojans had nine game winning streaks in 2008 and 2009.
AGAINST UTAH - The Trojans are 6 all-time against the Utes. The Trojans have won the last two contests, both at McAlister Field, 1-0 in 2015 and 2-0 in 2014. The last time the Trojans played in Salt Lake City was October 27, 2013, where the Trojans fell 1-0. Under head coach Keidane McAlpine the Trojans are 2-0. In Salt Lake City, the Trojans are 1-2 all-time, with the one victory coming in 2000 when the Trojans won 4-0.
AGAINST COLORADO - The Trojans are 4-3 all-time against the Buffs. The Trojans split the last two, winning 3-0 last year at McAlister Field, but dropping the 2014 contest at home 1-0. Last year's victory stopped a three-game losing streak to the Buffs (2012-2014). In Boulder, the Trojans are 1-1, with the one victory coming in 2011, 1-0. In 2013, the last time the Trojans took a trip to Boulder, the Trojans fell 2-1. Under head coach McAlpine, the Trojans are 1-1 against Colorado.
Sammy Jo Prudhomme - The reigning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week for the past two weeks, earned her ninth and 10th shutout victories of the year last week, the most regular season shutout victories by any Trojan goalkeeper in school history. The previous record was nine regular season shutouts by Kristin Olsen in 2007 (including postseason she had 12 total to her name, 15 for the team).
REVIEWING LAST WEEK - The Trojans continued their new winning streak, talling a 3-0 victory over Washington State and a 1-0 victory over Washington. The Trojans continued to spread the goal scoring, as Nicole Molen had the game-winner against Washington State (her third game-winning goal of the year), along with finishes from Leah Pruitt and Hailey Hite (first goal of the year). Sammy Jo Prudhomme made three saves in the match for her ninth shutout victory of the year. Then in a chippy battle against Washington on Sunday, the Trojans found the game-winning shot just three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, as Alex Anthony had the goal off a nice Leah Pruitt run. Prudhomme made two saves in the victory, her 10th shutout of the year. Overall as a team the Trojans now have shutout victories in 11 of their 13 wins.
DEFENSIVE STRONG - Currently the Trojans have not allowed a goal in 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- Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme earned her second-straight Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor and fourth of the year after making five saves over two shutout victories last week. She also earned back-to-back honors earlier this season after the Auburn Soccer Classic and North Carolina weekends. Senior defender Savannah Levin earned her first career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honor after helping lead the Trojans to a 2-0 victory at Arizona State. The senior scored her first goal of the year en route to the honor. 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.
IN THE STATS - The Trojans are second in the conference with 36 goals scored (2.51 average per game) and the stingiest defense in the conference with just seven goals allowed in 16 games (0.44 goals per game). Morgan Andrews, Alex Anthony and Katie Johnson are tied for ninth in the Pac-12 with seven goals on the season. Alex Anthony ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with 19 points, while Katie Johnson is tied for ninth with 17 points. Anthony also ranks second in the conference with 3.75 shots per game, 66th overall. Leah Pruitt is tied for first in the conference with 0.5 assists per game. Her six assists tie her for third overall. Sammy Jo Prudhomme is second in the Pac-12 with 70 saves overall and second with 4.38 saves per game. Her save percentage of 0.909 ranks first, and her 10 solo shutouts are tied for first in the conference, while she ranks first in shutouts per game, with 0.62/game.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING - The Trojans rank fifth nationally with a 0.688 shutout percentage and fourth nationally with a 0.91 save percentage. In goals against average the Trojans rank eighth with 0.436. The team's offense ranks 23rd nationally with an average of 2.25 goals per game and 25th with 6.44 points per game. The team's win-loss-tied percentage of 0.813 ranks 11th. Individually, goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme ranks 4th nationally with a 0.91 save percentage, fifth nationally with 10 shutouts and 10th with a goals against average or 0.436. Leah Pruitt ranks 17th nationally with 0.5 assists per game.
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 106-71-22 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 at McAlister Field the Trojans were 7-1. One last regular season home game against UCLA on Nov. 4 will be played as a home game at StubHub Center.
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.
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.