Whitney Pitalo Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week After a Sweep of the Oregon Schools

    Whitney Pitalo
    Oct. 27, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - Junior defender Whitney Pitalo earned her first career Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping the USC hold the Oregon schools to just one combined goal on the road, while tallying her first goal of the season on the offensive side to help the Trojans defeat Oregon State 2-1.

    Against the Beavers on Sunday, Pitalo picked a good time to net her first goal since her freshman season, as she connected on a header off a corner kick from teammate Jamie Fink in the 54th minute to tie the game back up at 1-1, after the Beavers had taken a 1-0 lead just five minutes earlier. She then helped the defense shore things up, not allowing another goal through regulation and into overtime, allowing teammate Alex Quincey to come up with the game-winning goal in the 96th minute of a wet, sloppy game to finish the Trojans' sweep of the Oregon schools.

    On Friday at Oregon, Pitalo and the Trojan defense held the Ducks scoreless through 104 minutes of play, weathering 13 shots by the Ducks on a wet field to eventually take the 1-0 victory in double overtime.

    On the weekend, Pitalo led a stout Trojan defense that held both Oregon and Oregon State scoreless through 151 minutes on the road.

    The honor is the first of Pitalo's career and the first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week that USC has won since the award's inception in 2012.

    The Trojans are back in action on the road this weekend, as they travel to Washington for a 4 p.m. match in Seattle on Friday, Oct. 31, before head coach Keidane McAlpine and his coaching staff makes a visit back to their old coaching grounds of Washington State on Sunday, Nov. 2.