Incoming Trojan Amy Rodriguez Adds Club National Championship To Soccer Resume
Aug. 1, 2005
Before the approaching USC soccer team's report date, incoming freshmen Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif./Santa Margarita HS) and Meagan Holmes (Timonium, Md./Dulaney HS) got some extra game experience at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Florida. Playing for their respective under-18 club teams, Rodriguez and Holmes faced off twice during the tournament. The first game between Rodriguez' Laguna Hills Eclipse and Holmes' Bethesda Excel teams resulted in a tie. Wins during the rest of round-robin play pushed the two squads into the title game, giving Rodriguez and Holmes one more go-round on opposite teams before reuniting in USC gear.
The championship game between Laguna Hills Eclipse and Bethesda Excel was tied once again at the close of regulation, but Eclipse went ahead during overtime to secure the U-18 national championship with a 4-3 victory.
Both Rodriguez and Holmes also were teammates on the U.S. under-19 team that won bronze at the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championships. As Women of Troy, the pair are members of the top recruiting class in the nation, and USC's best in history. Following their high school seasons, Rodriguez was named Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade Player of the Year, and Holmes was ranked the No. 2 defender in the nation by Student Sports and No. 5 player overall.