Andrews and Mills Earn NSCAA All-America Honors|
Dec. 4, 2015
Both Andrews and Mills earned NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team honors, making them eligible for the All-America teams, where they were both selected to the second team. This is the first All-America honors for both Andrews and Mills and the first USC selection since goalkeeper Kristin Olsen in 2009. Other previous Trojan All-Americans include Amy Rodriguez (2x), Ashley Nick, Isabelle Harvey (2x), Kim Clark (2x) and Rhiannon Tanaka.
Andrews, who was the Gatorade National High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, was outstanding for the Trojans down their stretch run to a NCAA Sweet 16 bid, scoring seven of the Trojans final eight goals of the year. The Milford, N.H., native finished the season as the team’s leading goal scorer with 12 finishes, as well as the team’s leader in points with 28. She appeared in all but one game for the Trojans, starting 20 of them. The junior had five multi-goal outings, including the first-ever hat trick by a Trojan in an NCAA match as she had three in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to bring the Trojans back from a 2-0 deficit against Cal State Fullerton. She also netted two goals against crosstown rival UCLA as the Trojans defeated the Bruins for the first time ever in Westwood. Andrews, who played her first two seasons at Notre Dame earned All-Pac-12 first team honors.
Mills, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Pac-12 first team selection was third on the team with 10 points and was tied for the team-lead with six assists and two goals. The attacking-minded defender started all 23 games for the Trojans, netting the game-winner vs. USD, while adding a goal in a 4-0 victory at Oregon. She also was the leader of a stalwart 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. Mills earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season as the Trojans only allowed one goal in 200 minutes of action, including a shutout of then-No. 23 Long Beach State and a 2-1 victory over San Diego.