USC's Penelope Hocking Named First-Team All-American
LOS ANGELES – USC junior forward Penelope Hocking earned yet another honor on Thursday as she was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America first team.
Hocking becomes USC's sixth First-Team All-American and the third in the last three years following Tara McKeown in 2019 and Ally Prisock in 2018. It is the first All-American honor of Hocking's career and follows the junior forward already being named the Pac-12 Forward of the Year and a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy (given each season to the top player in college soccer).
Hocking's 10 goals led the Pac-12 and were good for 12th in the nation during the 2020-21 regular season this spring. 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 regular-season games.
Hocking continued her steady climb up the USC career scoring list this year, 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, putting her second behind USC's 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.
Even in a shortened 2020-21 campaign, Hocking's 10 goals were tied for the 12th most ever in a season by a Trojan. She helped lead USC to a second place finish in the Pac-12 this year and the program's seventh straight postseason appearance.
For her career, Hocking has been named a Freshman All-American and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018, and was All-Pac-12 first team and All-Pacific Region first team each of the last two seasons. She has never scored less than 10 goals in a season during her three collegiate campaigns, becoming the first Trojan to do so.