USC's Penelope Hocking Named Top Forward, Six Trojans All-Pac-12
LOS ANGELES – The Pac-12 postseason women's soccer awards were released today and USC's Penelope Hocking was named the conference's Forward of the Year to highlight a list of six Trojans earning All-Conference honors this year.
In addition to Hocking, Tara McKeown and Croix Bethune were named to the All-Pac-12 first team, Savannah DeMelo and Samantha Bruder were named to the second team, and Kalylie Collins earned third team recognition. Bethune was also named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Penelop Hocking – Pac-12 Forward of the Year / All-Pac-12 first team
After leading the conference in scoring, Hocking is the second Trojan in a row to earn the conference's top forward honor, following McKeown who garnered the recognition in 2019. Hocking's 10 goals led the Pac-12 and were 12th in the nation this season. Her 23 total points (10 goals, 3 assists) also led the conference and her three game-winning goals were the fifth most in the Pac-12. She posted two multi-goal games this year, and had at least a point in eight of USC's 13 games.
Hocking continued her steady climb up the USC career scoring list, becoming just the second Trojan to ever reach the 40 goal plateau when she netted a hat trick against Washington on April 2nd. The junior forward currently sits at 42 career goals, sitting second behind all-time leader Isabelle Harvey (48 goals). Her 100 career points are third on the Trojans' all-time list and her 13 game-winning goals are second. Hocking was named to the All-Pac-12 first team last year, and in 2018 was named the conference's Freshman of the Year and to the All-Conference second team. She and McKeown are the only two Trojans to garner Pac-12 Forward of the Year honors.
Tara McKeown – All-Pac-12 first team
McKeown formed the other half of arguably the best forward tandem in the country, following up her 2019 Pac-12 Forward of the Year honors with another equally spectacular season. The senior forward notched seven goals on the year (fifth in the Pac-12) while also leading the conference in assists with seven. Her 21 total points were fourth in the conference and her 1.62 points per game trailed only Hocking in the Pac-12. McKeown's 0.54 assists per game were 29th in the country this year and her 4.46 shots per contest were seventh in the nation.
McKeown has also made a steady climb up the USC career lists, currently sitting fifth in career goals (32), tied for fourth in total points (91) and third in assists (27). She has earned All-Pac-12 recognition each of the last two years, and was on the All-Freshman team in 2017.
Croix Bethune – All-Pac-12 first team / All-Freshman Team
After missing her true freshman season to an ACL injury, Bethune burst onto the scene this year as a key contributor out of the midfield. She finished the year third on the team with 11 total points, scoring three goals and tallying five assists. Her five assists were the eighth most in the Pac-12 and her 0.38 assists per game were sixth. Bethune scored all three of her goals in one game, putting up a hat trick on the road at Cal on April 11. She appeared in every game for USC during her first collegiate season, making 10 starts.
Samantha Bruder – All-Pac-12 second team
Bruder has played all over the field during her USC career, taking over as one of the Trojans' starting center backs as a senior during the 2021 campaign. Starting all but one contest this year, Bruder helped anchor a USC back line that posted seven shutouts, including five in a row at one point. She was only subbed off the back line twice this year, playing the full match in 11 of the Trojans' 13 contests. This is the first All-Pac-12 honor of Bruder's career.
Savannah DeMelo – All-Pac-12 second team
DeMelo returned from injury this season after missing the 2019 campaign with a torn Achilles and took over leading the attack out of the midfield. The Trojans' #10 started all 13 games this season, matching Bethune with five assists for eighth in the Pac-12 and second on the team. Her 0.38 assists per game were also sixth in the Pac-12. DeMelo notched helpers in wins over BYU and Oregon, and assisted both goals in USC's season-ending draw with UCLA. Excluding her injury season in 2019, the Trojan midfielder has been named All-Pac-12 each year she has played, earning first team honors in 2017 and 2018.
Kaylie Collins – All-Pac-12 third team
The Trojans had the luxury of splitting time between goalkeepers early in the season, but turned to Collins as their No. 1 down keeper the stretch. Collins led USC to seven shutouts in goal this season, picking up four solo shutouts and three combined shutouts. She led the Trojans with 46 saves on the year and posted a 0.97 goals against average. The senior keeper owns 27 career solo shutouts, sitting just two off the all-time Trojan mark of 29, held by Kristen Olsen. Collins was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and to the All-Pac-12 first team in 2018 as well.