USC Signs Three To Women's Soccer Team
Feb. 2, 2006
The USC women's soccer team has added three talented players for the future, head coach Jim Millinder announced today. Southern California standouts Jacquelyn Johnston (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Kristin Olsen (Orange, Calif.) and Jamie Petrossi (Yorba Linda, Calif.) all signed letters of intent for USC, and will join the Women of Troy as freshmen for the 2006 season. The Trojans graduate five players from their 2005 roster, which reached the NCAA Second Round. These three newcomers are expected to add valuable versatility to the USC lineup.
Petrossi is a midfielder/forward from Esperanza High School and plays club with the SoCal Blues along with Olsen, a 6-0 goalkeeper out of Villa Park High School. Petrossi was an All-CIF Southern Section Division I first team selection as a junior and scored nine goals in eight games for Esperanza to start her senior season. She also is a member of the Region IV Olympic Development Program, having helped her 2005 ODP team to third at the national championships.
'Petrossi has an opportunity to play for us right away,' Millinder said of Petrossi. 'She's a very skillful and creative midfield player that scores goals. When you have that combination, she's gong to be very good at the next level. She's an outstanding player.'
As a members of the SoCal Blues, Olsen and Petrossi combined forces to win the 2002-03 State Championship at the Under-15 club level. Olsen also played volleyball and competed in the pole vault for Villa Park.
'Kristin has all the ability in the world to be a bigtime Division I goalkeeper,' Millinder said of Olsen. 'She's athletic and has good hands and good anticipation.'
USC's third Southern California addition is Johnston, a forward from Santa Margarita High School who plays club with the Irvine Strikers. Johnston -- and all-conference selection -- will bring the Trojan tally of players from Santa Margarita to two with her addition to the USC roster, joining current freshman forward Amy Rodriguez as SMHS alums.
'J.J. has the potential to be a good Division I player,' Millinder said of Johnston. 'She's going to have to continue to keep working hard to hone her skills.'