USC's National Champions To Be Honored At White House
June 20, 2008
USC's latest NCAA champion teams are bound for the nation's capital, set to meet the president of the United States in a ceremony at the White House on June 24. The USC women's golf and soccer teams each captured NCAA titles in the past year, bumping the total of national titles claimed by USC teams to 108. The two teams have been invited to join their fellow 2007-08 NCAA champions from around the country in Washington D.C., and will travel to the East Coast this weekend for the event. The Women of Troy have a day of site-seeing planned before Tuesday's White House visit, and also will visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Monday afternoon.
USC soccer's full roster from the 2007 NCAA Championship season is set to make the trip. 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. Four straight shutout wins carried the Trojans into the NCAA semifinals against crosstown rival UCLA. There, USC came from behind and won the match 2-1 to reach the championship game. Only one other coach had led his team to the NCAA final in his first season with his program to that point, but USC's Ali 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. USC also became the first Pac-10 team to ever win an NCAA women's soccer title, and had two players named NSCAA All-Americans for the first time in program history, as goalie Kristin Olsen and midfielder Ashley Nick earned second team All-America honors. Khosroshahin also was named National Coach of the Year following the Trojans' NCAA title.
Featuring a school-record lineup of five All-Americans, the 2008 USC women's golf team won the program's second national championship this year, leading the 72-hole NCAA final wire-to-wire. Under 12th-year Head Coach Andrea Gaston, USC won a school record four tournaments in a row to close the season. Prior to winning the NCAA crown, USC won its first Pac-10 title since 1989 and won its NCAA Regional for the third year in a row. Sophomore Belen Mozo led USC's quintet of Trojans as an All-American first teamer. Senior Dewi-Claire Schreefel, sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser and freshman Lizette Salas were All-American second teamers while senior Paola Moreno was an All-American honorable mention pick. Gaston was also tabbed the NGCA National Coach of the Year.
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