Trojans To Be Honored At L.A. Galaxy Home Opener
Feb. 28, 2008
In recognition of the USC women's soccer team's impressive run to the 2007 NCAA Championship, the Women of Troy will be honored by the Los Angeles Galaxy at its home opener in April. The Trojans - who captured their first-ever NCAA soccer title in December - have been invited to appear in a halftime ceremony at the April 3rd L.A. Galaxy match against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Home Depot Center. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
The Women of Troy have also been recognized this season at USC men's and women's basketball games, as well as at the Los Angeles Sports Awards earlier this year. The California State Senate also plans to issue a resolution in recognition of USC soccer's outstanding season, and the Trojans are planning to attend a ceremony in Sacramento in April.
For the 2007 Trojans, the run to the NCAA title marked a record-breaking season across the board. Never before had the Women of Troy broken through the NCAA Second Round. In 2007, however, USC followed up a second-place finish to UCLA in Pac-10 play with a dominating postseason effort. A No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans were sent to Missouri for the first two rounds of action. There, USC topped Creighton 3-0 and then edged out host Missouri 1-0 in overtime to finally break through to the NCAA Third Round. The Trojans were granted the right to host their NCAA Third Round match against Florida, and set up camp at the Los Angeles Coliseum for a 1-0 decision over Florida. That's where freshman Kasey Johnson's first career goal came, notching the game-winner and pushing USC into the NCAA Quarterfinals. Another long road trip was in the cards for the Trojans, who jetted off to West Virginia and came away with another shutout victory and another game-winner from Johnson.
That dominating defensive run of four straight shutouts in NCAA Tournament play set another program record for the Trojans, who carried 14 shutouts into the NCAA College Cup. In the semifinals in College Station, Texas, the Trojans went up against crosstown rival and top-ranked UCLA. USC had not beaten the Bruins in 11 straight games, and the Trojans trailed 1-0 at halftime until USC made a powerful second-half comeback. On the shoulders of a career-high eight saves from Kristin Olsen in the game, along with two assists from Ashli Sandoval and a pair of goals from junior Amy Rodriguez, the Women of Troy passed up the Bruins and posted a 2-1 semifinal victory.
Only one other coach had led his team to the NCAA final in his first season with his program to that point, but Khosroshahin did it one better. The Women of Troy capped off the season with one last shutout victory, beating Florida State 2-0 in the final to make Khosroshahin the first coach in NCAA history to win the national championship in his first season. In doing so, the Trojans rounded out its 2007 season with a record 20 wins behind a record 15 shutouts and record-low 13 goals allowed.
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