USC's Tara McKeown, Penelope Hocking, Samantha Bruder, Lily Perryman Named All-Pacific Region
LOS ANGELES – The United Soccer Coaches released its All-Region teams this week and USC's Tara McKeown, Penelope Hocking, Samantha Bruder and Lily Perryman were all honored on the All-Pacific Region teams.
McKeown and Hocking earned spots on the All-Pacific Region first team, and Bruder and Perryman were named to the second team.
Tara McKeown – All-Pacific Region first team
McKeown followed up her 2019 Pac-12 Forward of the Year and All-American honors with another spectacular season in the spring of 2021. The senior forward notched eight goals on the shortened season (fifth in the Pac-12) while also leading the conference in assists with eight. Including postseason, her 24 total points were second in the conference and her 1.71 points per game also led 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-Region first team honors each of the last two seasons. McKeown was also named to the All-Pac-12 first team this season.
Penelope Hocking – All-Pacific Region first team
Hocking's list of awards this season just keeps growing after the junior striker was already named the Pac-12 Forward of the Year and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Her 10 goals led the Pac-12 and were 12th in the nation during the regular-season, and her 23 total points (10 goals, 3 assists) also led the conference prior to the postseason. Hocking's three game-winning goals were the fifth most in the Pac-12 and 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 sits at 42 career goals, 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 has been an All-Region honoree each of her three collegiate seasons so far, earning second team honors as a freshman in 2018 and first team honors in 2019.
Samantha Bruder – All-Pacific Region second team
Bruder took over as one of the Trojans' starting center backs as a senior during the spring 2021 campaign and was a force to be reckoned with on the back line for USC. Starting all but one contest this year, Bruder helped anchor a USC defense 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-Region honor of Bruder's career. She was also named to the All-Pac-12 second team this season.
Lily Perryman – All-Pacific Region second team
In her first season at USC after transferring from Boston University, Perryman made an immediate impact in the midfield. Playing mainly as a holding midfielder, Perryman helped anchor the aforementioned seven shutouts this season for the Trojans, while also scoring once and posting three assists. She was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on April 12 after helping USC to road shutouts of Stanford and Cal, while also scoring her first career goal in Berkeley. This is the first All-Region honor of Perryman's career.