No. 19 USC Women's Soccer Hits the Road Against Stanford, Cal
THIS WEEK - The No. 19 USC women's soccer team hits the road for a pair of Pac-12 games, heading to Stanford on Friday and then Cal on Sunday.
GAME 11 - No. 19 USC (6-3-1, 5-3) at Stanford (5-5-1, 4-3) - Friday, April 9, 3 p.m. PT (Palo Alto, Calif.) - Stanford Live Stream
GAME 12 - No. 19 USC (6-3-1, 5-3) at Cal (5-4-1, 3-4) - Sunday, April 11, 1:45 p.m. PT (Berkeley, Calif.) - Cal Live Stream
HOW TO FOLLOW - Both Pac-12 matchups will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via gostanford.com and calbears.com. Links for the broadcasts and live stats can be found on the women's soccer schedule page at USCTrojans.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter by following @USC_Wsoccer.
SOCIAL MEDIA - Keep up with everything USC women's soccer this year by following the Trojans on all of their social media platforms. You can follow @USCWsoccer on Instagram and @USC_Wsoccer on Twitter, and like USC Women's Soccer on Facebook.
LAST WEEK - The Trojans hosted games against then-No. 20 Washington and No. 21 Washington State. USC won the Friday matchup against the Huskies 5-0 behind a hat trick from Penelope Hocking. The Trojans then took down WSU 1-0 thanks to Angeles Escobar's first career goal, and the fifth straight shutout at home for the Trojan defense.
SERIES VS. STANFORD - Stanford leads the all-time series 19-5-3. The Cardinal have won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 3-2 thriller in Los Angeles in 2019.
SERIES VS. CAL - USC leads 13-10-2. The Bears won 3-0 in Berkeley last season, but USC has won two of the last three meetings and three of the last five.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE - The Trojans have been unbeatable at home so far this year, with a 6-0 record and five shutouts in the Coliseum this season. After a 4-3 overtime win over BYU to start the year, the Trojans have shut out their last five opponents at home, currently sitting on a 469 minute scoreless streak in the Coliseum.
MILESTONE VICTORY - USC Head Coach Keidane McAlpine picked up his 100th win as the Trojans' manager this past weekend against Washington. He is the second USC coach to reach 100 wins with USC and is the fastest to do so. McAlpine has an overall coaching record of 166-86-31 in 14 seasons. He is in his seventh season in charge at USC and has led the Trojans to at least 12 wins and a postseason appearance each year, including a national title in 2016. Jim Millinder tops USC's all-time wins list with 132 victories in 11 seasons at Troy, reaching the 100 win plateau in his 8th year with USC.
HOCKING CLIMBING THE LISTS - Penelope Hocking's steady climb up the USC career lists continues as she became just the second Trojan to reach the 40 goal plateau this past weekend with her hat trick against Washington. Hocking sits second on USC's all-time scoring list with her 40 goals, trailing only Isabelle Harvey (48 goals). Her 95 total points are third on USC's career list, and her 13 game-winning goals are second, also trailing Harvey (21 game-winners). Hocking's hat trick was the third of her career and sixth multi-goal game she has recorded for the Trojans. The junior forward was named the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Week for her three-goal effort.
McKEOWN STILL SCORING - Tara McKeown currently sits second on the team and sixth in the conference with six goals this year. She is sixth on USC's all-time scoring list with 29 career goals. The senior forward earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals in the Trojans' season-opening win over then-No. 10 BYU at home. She also posted a brace against UCLA in the teams' non-conference draw. McKeown was drafted eighth overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2021 NWSL Draft earlier this year.
COLLINS ON A ROLL - Senior goalkeeper Kaylie Collins recorded both shutouts this past weekend, earning herself Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honors for the first time this season. Collins has three solo-shutouts this season, giving her 26 for her career to put her in second all-time in program history (Kristen Olsen - 29). Collins has not allowed a goal since March 18 at UCLA. She was drafted in the fourth round of the 2021 NWSL Draft earlier this year by the Orlando Pride.
COLLEGIATE FIRSTS - Several Trojans recorded collegiate firsts this past weekend. Freshmen Angles Escobar and Katie Roditis each tallied their first collegiate goals, and Escobar also picked up her first assists with two against Washington. Alexa Gonzalez and Mary Shin also recorded their first collegiate caps in the Trojans' win over Washington.
2020-21 SEASON - Like all things, the 2020 women's soccer season was upended by the Covid-19 pandemic. The NCAA made the decision to move all fall championships to the spring back in August. The Trojans will play an abbreviated schedule this spring, with the NCAA College Cup being held May 13-17 in North Carolina. All players who compete this spring will not lose a season of eligibility and will still be able to play in the fall even if they are seniors.
KICKIN' IT IN THE COLI - The Trojans will play their 2020-21 spring season home games in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. With the USC women's lacrosse team also playing on the Trojans typical home, McAlister Field, soccer's move to the Coliseum will reduce game conflicts, as well as wear and tear on the field.
MEDIA POLICY - Limited media members will be allowed to apply for credentials to USC women's soccer home games. Credentialed media members will only have access to a designated media area, and no in-person interviews will be allowed. All postgame and weekly interviews will be conducted virtually and upon request. Please contact Jacob Breems (Breems@usc.edu) for more media information and to apply for credentials.
LAST YEAR - The Trojans made another NCAA Tournament run last year, coming up just short of the College Cup. USC finished the 2019 season 17-5-1 overall, ending their campaign in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament against national runners-up North Carolina. USC reached as high as No. 2 in the national rankings in 2019 and made their sixth straight postseason appearance.
MAC HERMANN WATCH - Three Trojans were named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list this year, with Tara McKeown, Penelope Hocking and Savannah DeMelo all on the 54 player list. McKeown was a semifinalist for college soccer's top award last year and DeMelo has been on the watch list each of the last three seasons. USC has had at least a semifinalist for the award three of the last four years.
NWSL DRAFT - Two NWSL Drafts have passed since the Trojans last played a game and four USC players have been selected. Following the 2019 campaign, Natalie Jacobs was selected by the Washington Spirit with the 13th overall selection, and Julia Bingham was taken by the Chicago Red Stars 15th overall. Both went on to play for their respective teams the following season. This year's NWSL draft was unique in that selected players are still eligible to compete in both the spring and fall of 2021, if they choose. Tara McKeown was taken eight overall by the Spirit and Kaylie Collins was selected in the fourth round by the Orlando Pride. Both McKeown and Collins will play with the Trojans this spring.