No. 5 USC Hosts No. 18 UCLA at StubHub Center on Friday|
Nov. 2, 2016
THIS WEEK - No. 5 Trojans are ready for a major crosstown rivalry match against No. 18 UCLA, set for 7 pm PT at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The game has an impact on the outcome of the Pac-12 title, and is senior day for seven Trojans - Morgan Andrews, Moriah Earley, Mandy Freeman, Katie Johnson Savannah Levin, Kayla Mills, and Sammy Jo Prudhomme. Tickets are just $10 for individuals and $5 for groups and can be purchased by visiting www.usctrojans.com/tickets. Don't miss out on this marquee crosstown rivalry game being played at one of the finest soccer venues in the U.S.
UNBEATEN STREAK - The Trojans' new unbeaten streak now sits at five, after a victory at Arizona State, home wins over Washington State and Washington, their first tie of the year at Utah on Thursday and a 3-0 victory at Colorado on Sunday. 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 UCLA - The Trojans are 6-22-1. The Trojans have never played the Bruins in StubHub Center, but it being a USC home game, the Trojans are 4-6-1 all-time agains the Bruins when playing at their home field (Howard Jones Field, The Coliseum, McAlister Field). Last season the Trojans defeated the Bruins for the first time ever in Westwood, behind two goals from Morgan Andrews the Trojans won 2-0. That win also broke a two-game losing streak to the Trojans. The Trojans are 2-3 in the last five meetings against the Bruins.
THE Leah Pruitt FACTOR- The reigning Mountain West Freshman of the Year, San Diego State transfer, who would be a starter on most squads, has been a spark plug up top for the Trojans. The regular subsitution pattern has her coming into the game towards the 30th minute of the first half, changing the tempo of the contest, and then starting the second half. She has been especially productive starting the second half. In the first 15 minutes of the second half she has been impactful, tallying two of her three goals in that time span (46:03 mark vs. Kansas and 48:54 mark vs. Washington State. Five of her team-leading six assists also came within that time span (45:42 vs. Oregon, 46:11 vs. Oregon, 48:23 vs. Washington, 55:35 vs. Stanford and 57:59 vs. Arizona State).
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 took care of business against No. 22 Colorado on Sunday, getting a brace from Alex Anthony, playing collegiately back in her home state for the first time. Her goal in the 24th minute proved to be the game-winner, as she collected the rebound off a save from a Morgan Andrews free kick to put the Trojans up 1-0. Savannah Levin then took matters into her own hands in the 36th minute, dribbling down the box on the right side and finishing near post for her second goal of the year. Anthony then added her second goal of the day in the 66th minute, as she follwed in Levin's footsteps, dribbling down the gut of the Buffs' defense, finishing near post like Levin to put USC up 3-0. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made three saves in the team's 12 shutout of the season.
The Trojans showed great resiliency against Utah on Thursday, playing from behind for just the third time this season (previously at Long Beach State, vs. California and at Utah). The Utes got on the board first in the 73rd minute with a goal from Max Holm from 20 yards out. The Trojans showed their never-say-die attitude however, as freshman Taylor McMorrow saved the day with a beautiful turn-and-shoot, finishing far post off an assist from Savannah Levin for just her second goal of the season. The Trojans seemed to score the game-winner in the final minute of regulation, as a shot from Morgan Andrews rocketed off the crossbar and Sydney Sladek was there to put away the rebound, but she was inexplicably called offsides to send the game into overtime. The Trojans are now 0-1-1 this season in overtime.
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 surrender 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 40 goals scored (2.22 average per game) and the stingiest defense in the conference with just eight goals allowed in 18 games (0.44 goals per game). The team also leads the conference with 12 shutouts. Alex Anthony is tied for sixth in the conference with nine goals and also sits at sixth with 23 points. She also leads the conference with 4.06 shots per game. Katie Johnson and Morgan Andrews are tied for ninth with nine goals on the year. Leah Pruitt ranks fourth in the conference with 0. 43 assists per game and fourth with her six assists overall. Sammy Jo Prudhomme is third in the Pac-12 with 77 saves overall and third with 4.28 saves per game. Her save percentage of 0.906 ranks first, and her 11 solo shutouts are tied for first in the conference, while she also ranks first in shutouts per game, with 0.61/game.
NATIONALLY SPEAKING - The Trojans rank fourth nationally with a 0.667 shutout percentage and fifth nationally with a 0.908 save percentage. In goals against average the Trojans rank eighth with 0.437. The team's offense ranks 25th nationally with an average of 2.22 goals per game and 30th with 6.28 points per game. The team's win-loss-tied percentage of 0.806 ranks 13th. Individually, goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme ranks fifth nationally with a 0.906 save percentage, sixth nationally with 11 shutouts and 11th with a goals against average or 0.438. Alex Anthony ranks 31st nationally with 4.06 shots 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 107-71-23 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 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.
QUALITY IN THE CLASSROOM - 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. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme and junior midifielder Nicole Molen both were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team honors. This is the second-straight honor for Molen and first first team selection for Prudhomme. Prudhomme boasts a 3.32 GPA as a communication major, while Molen has a 3.92 GPA in human biology. Both will advance to the ballot for Academic All-American honors.
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