USC Lands Five On All-Pac-10 Teams
Nov. 15, 2006
USC senior Rosa Anna Tantillo capped off her playing career with the Women of Troy with her third straight All-Pac-10 Women's Soccer First Team honor. She was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in her first season at Troy, and has remained one of the conference's top players throughout her time here. This season, she is joined by four other Trojans on the All-Pac-10 lists. Sophomores Meagan Holmes and Stacey Strong were named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team, and junior Lauren Brown and sophomore Nini Loucks earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention.
After posting a stirring NCAA first-round upset of No. 3 Santa Clara, the Trojans are coming out of another NCAA Second Round appearance, having finished the year at 11-5-5. The five All-Pac-10 honorees were key members of this year's Trojan squad. Tantillo closed down the year as USC's top scorer, generating a team-high five goals and nine assists for a grand total of 19 points. She was the Pac-10 leader in assists and assists per game (0.47) on the way into NCAA action. And she appears on several USC career charts as well, moving up this season to rank No. 3 all-time in career assists (currently has 25) and just moved up to No. 4 in career goals with her 25th score, accomplished against Oregon last week. Her first goal vs. UNLV on Sept. 17 marked the senior's 12th career game-winning goal to rank her No. 2 all-time. And on the points chart, Tantillo's team-high 19 points ballooned her career total to 75 to hold her at No. 4 in career points.
On the All-Pac-10 Second Team are sophomores Meagan Holmes and Stacey Strong, both of whom started every game for USC this year. One of the most respected and talented defenders in the nation, Holmes was an anchor for the stubborn Trojan defense. With Holmes in the back line, USC posted a program-record 14 shutouts - including that monumental victory over Santa Clara in the NCAA First Round. Holmes helped the Trojans to a top-10 ranking in the nation for team shutout percentage, and to a stifling 0.58 goals-against average. She was named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week twice this year. As a member of the USC midfield, Strong put forth a powerful all-around effort to aid in the Trojans' possession game. She scored one goal and had two assists on the year from her midfield position as an impact player in the midfield.
Earning All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention for the second time is sophomore forward Nini Loucks along with first-time honoree, junior forward Lauren Brown. The pair each punched in four goals apiece this year. Brown also tallied four assists to finish as USC's second leading point scorer with 12 points on the year, marking a strong comeback from an injury-shortened sophomore season. Brown started 15 games for the Trojans and led the team with three game-winning goals. Loucks picked up 18 starts in her sophomore year. Boasting blazing speed and strength on the front lines, Loucks secured her second career honorable mention award thanks in part to two game-winning goals for the Women of Troy in 2006.
On the national scene, USC senior Tracy Lansing was named a CoSIDA Academic Third Team All-American for District 8. A communication major, Lansing has a 3.85 GPA. She has been a force on the front lines for the Trojans throughout her career, and has earned academic honors from the Pac-10 as a sophomore and junior, but this is her first District academic recognition.