USC's Kaylie Collins, Penelope Hocking Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors
LOS ANGELES – After a 2-0 week at home for the No. 19 USC women's soccer team, the Trojans' Kaylie Collins and Penelope Hocking earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper and Offensive Player of the Week honors.
The two helped lead the Trojans to shutout victories over No. 20 Washington and No. 21 Washington State, moving USC to 5-3 in Pac-12 play and third in the conference standings.
Collins recorded both shutouts in goal, making all five saves necessary in each game. She kept Washington off the board in a 5-0 win on Friday and then held off Washington State in a 1-0 win on Sunday. The shutout of the Cougars to close the weekend was the 26th solo-shutout of Collins' career, putting her alone in second on USC's career shutouts list. The two clean sheets also extended USC's home shutout streak to five straight games and 469 consecutive minutes.
Hocking's big day came in Friday's 5-0 win over the Huskies, as the junior forward exploded for three goals in a matter of eight minutes to break a scoreless tie in the second half. Her third goal, a screamer from well outside the penalty area, was the 40th of her career, putting her second on USC's all-time scoring list and making her one of just two Trojans to reach the 40 goal plateau. Friday's performance was the third hat trick of Hocking's career and her sixth multi-goal game. She is tied for the conference lead with eight goals so far this season.
Collins and Hocking join the Trojans' Tara McKeown as winners of Pac-12 weekly honors this year. McKeown earned Offensive Player of the Week after scoring twice in USC's season opener against then-No. 10 BYU.
USC takes its 6-3-1 overall record on the road this week, heading to Stanford on Friday and Cal on Sunday.