USC Women's Soccer Preview




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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 12-6-3

2009 Pac-10 Record: 4-3-2 (4th)



Starters Returning/Lost: 8/3

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 13/8

Newcomers: 9



Head Coach: Ali Khosroshahin

Alma Mater: Cal State Los Angeles, 1994

Record at USC: 48-14-7 (3 years)

Assistant Coaches: Harold Warren, Laura Janke

 

PREVIEW

Picked to finish third in the Conference in the preseason coaches' poll, the Trojans will look to improve upon their NCAA Tournament appearance of 2009. The team will look for leadership from senior midfielder Alyssa Dávila, senior midfielder/defender Meghan Ohai, redshirt junior Ashli Sandoval and senior Karter Haug, who were members of the Trojans' 2007 National Champion squad. Dávila led the Trojans in scoring in 2009, netting nine goals and adding five assists. Haug will lead the defensive unit, with the departure of All-American goalkeeper Kristen Olsen to graduation. Sandoval looks to be back to full strength after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2009. She will be a key to the offense for the Trojans as she led the team with 21 points and also scored six goals as a sophomore in 2008. Sophomore forward Samantha Johnson will be one to watch up top, as she was the team's second leading scorer with 4 goals in 2009. Johnson appeared in 20 games, starting 19 of those as a true freshman and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team.


KEY MATCHUPS

Sept. 5 - USC vs. Purdue, Fullerton, Calif., Fullerton Tournament, 3:30 p.m. PT

Oct. 22 - UCLA at USC, 7:00 p.m. PT



The Trojans will meet 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifier Purdue in the Fullerton Tournament. This will be a key early season game for the Trojans and could really help them set a winning tone.



The always competitive rivalry game against crosstown rival UCLA will be played under the lights at the Los Angeles Coliseum. This game could hold strong implications in the Pac-10 race, as USC was picked to finish third in the Conference, behind UCLA by the coaches. 


 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#3, Alyssa Dávila

Sr., MF, Upland, Calif.



Dávila enters her senior season at USC as a key part of the Trojans attack. The speedy Upland, Calif., native enters the 2010 season ranked No. 9 all-time in career points (50) and career goals (21), and also holds the third-best mark with 11 career game-winning goals. As a junior in 2009, Dávila led the Trojans in goals (9) and assists (5), appearing in all 21 games and starting in four. She matched the program's single game assist record when she tallied three in USC's win over San Diego. Dávila was named to the All-Pac-10 second team and the NSCAA All-Region second team.

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