No. 5 USC Women's Soccer Team Hits the Road to Face Oregon
THIS WEEK - The first-place and fifth-ranked USC women's soccer team takes its program-record 10-game winning streak on the road to face Oregon on Thursday at 4 p.m.
HOW TO FOLLOW - Thursday's road game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. Links for the broadcast 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.
SERIES VS. OREGON - USC is 21-3-1 all-time against the Ducks since the teams first played in 1996. The Trojans have won 8 straight in the series, including a 1-0 victory in Los Angeles last season.
RISING IN THE RANKINGS - USC started the season ranked No. 14 in the preseason coaches poll, but after a pair of early losses, fell out of the rankings. Over the course of its 10-game winning streak, USC climbed back into the polls three weeks ago at No. 21, then jumped to No. 11 a week later. This week, the Trojans are up to No. 5 in the latest poll. USC is also No. 22 in the RPI rankings.
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST VS UTAH - The Trojans put on one of the most impressive offensive displays in program history on Sunday, beating Utah 7-0 at home. The Trojans had six different goal scorers and an own goal in the game, scoring twice in the first half and five times in the second. USC's 7 goals were the most a Trojan team has scored since a program record 9-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2014, and were the most ever in Pac-12 play by a USC squad. The 7 goals also matched the second highest goal total of any team in Pac-12 history. UCLA has scored 8 goals in conference play twice and Stanford has done it once. The last team to score at least 7 goals in a Pac-12 game was Cal in 2015 (7-0 vs. UCLA). The Trojan defense more than held its own in the game as well, limiting the Utes to just three shots and only one on goal for the afternoon.
CONQUERING COLORADO - The Trojans took down Colorado on Thursday, taking sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 standings with a 4-1 victory. Penelope Hocking scored once and provided an assist, while Jada Talley and Simone Jackson also found the back of the net.
STREAKING - After losing its first two games of the year, USC has won 10 straight, including all 5 of their Pac-12 games so far. The Trojans have outscored their opponents 36-6 over that span. One more win for USC would break the program record for consecutive victories, first set back in 2016 before being matched this year.
RECORD BREAKER - Penelope Hocking became the Trojans' all-time leading scorer when she posted her 49th career goal against Colorado. Hocking struck in the 21st minute against the Buffs, passing Isabelle Harvey on the career list. Harvey's record of 48 goals had stood for 21 years before Hocking broke it. Hocking also moved into a tie for 14th on the Pac-12 career scoring list with her 50th goal against Utah the following game. She and former Stanford star Catarina Macario are the only two players to crack the top 15 of the Pac-12's scoring list in the last 10 years.
PAC-12 CAREER SCORING LIST:
1. Kim Lynass, WSU (1990-93) – 83
2. Christen Press, STAN (2007-10) – 71
Lauren Cheney, UCLA (2006-09) – 71
Traci Arkenberg, UCLA (1994-97) – 71
5. Catarina Macario, STAN (2017-19) – 63
6. Danesha Adams, UCLA (2004-07) – 60
7. Sarah Rafanelli, STAN (1990-93) – 59
8. Kelley O'Hara, STAN (2006-09) – 57
Sydney Leroux, UCLA (2008-11) – 57
10. Laura Schott, CAL (1999-02) – 56
11. Joy Biefeld, CAL (1986-89) – 55
12. Lindsay Taylor, STAN (2008-11) – 53
13. Julie Foudy, STAN (1989-92) – 52
14. Stacey Tullock, ASU (1998-01) – 50
Penelope Hocking, USC (2018-21) – 50
15. Marcia Wallis, STAN (1999-2002) – 49
Erin Martin, STAN (1993-96) – 49
- T-3rd in Pac-12 with 8 goals, T-3rd with 19 pts
- Career numbers: 1st all-time in goals with 50, 2nd in points with 119 (leader: 135), 2nd in game-winning goals with 15 (leader: 21), 9th in assists with 19 (leader: 39) and 2nd in shots with 250 (leader: 252).
- Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (10/11) after 2 goals and 1 assist against Colorado and Utah
- Last season was named to the All-America first team, a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and the Pac-12 Forward of the Year, in addition to being an Academic All-American.
- Has been named to the All-Pac-12 team each of the last three years, and was also a Freshman All-American and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018.
CROIX BETHUNE - Bethune, who was named to the All-Pac-12 first team in her inaugural season this past spring, leads USC in points so far this year (7 goals, 6 assists, 20 points). Bethune has recorded at least a point in 9 of USC's 12 games and currently sits T-5th in goals (7) in the Pac-12, T-3rd in assists (6) and 2nd in total points (20). She was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the equalizer and providing the assist on the game-winner against Oregon State, and had a two-goal game at UC Santa Barbara.
ANNA SMITH - After battling for the starting job with All-American Kaylie Collins for the last three years, Smith came into the 2021 season as the Trojans' starting keeper and the only goalie on the USC roster with any collegiate experience. Smith has played every minute in goal, posting 5 shutouts. She was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on 9/6 after two clean sheets and a PK save against No. 16 Michigan and Western Michigan on the road. Smith has 2 PK saves this year. Her .800 save percentage is 5th in the conference. For her career, Smith has a 21-5-1 record and 8 shutouts.
PLAYER QUICK HITS:
- Freshman Aaliyah Farmer has started all but two games as the Trojans' holding midfielder, helping the team to 5 shutouts while also recording 2 goals and 2 assists.
- Freshman Brooklyn Courtnall has started every game at center back far this year, helping the team to 5 shutouts. She trails only GK Anna Smith in minutes played with 1,066. Courtnall posted her first career assist against CSUN, providing the helper on Hannah White's 71st minute strike.
- Freshman Simone Jackson, the No. 3 recruit in the country this past recruiting cycle, scored her first career goal against Utah Valley earlier this year. For the season, Jackson has 3 goals and 3 assists, and sits tied for 2nd on the team in pts. She had a 2 assist game against Utah.
- After suffering through injuries her first two seasons, Hannah White has become a real attacking threat off the bench for USC, posting 3 goals and 2 assists in 9 games played.
- Freshman Simi Awujo scored her first career goal against Western Michigan (9/5), freshman Julia Gomez scored her first goal against CSUN (9/19) and freshman Helena Sampaio scored her first goal against Utah (10/10).
- In her last 4 games, senior midfielder Savannah DeMelo has two goals and two assists. She is tied for 3rd on the team with 9 total points (3 G, 3A)
- Striker Jada Talley transferred to USC after an All-Pac-12 career at Arizona and is currently 6th on the team with 7 points (3 G, 1 A). Talley scored the game-winner on the road in Tucson against her former club on 10/3. She has two goals in her last 3 games.
- The Trojans are 6th in the country and 1st in the Pac-12 with 3.08 goals/game
- USC is 11th in the NCAA, 1st in the Pac-12 with 2.83 assists/game
- USC's 9.00 pts/game are 7th in the NCAA and 1st in the Pac-12
HERMANN WATCH - USC's Penelope Hocking and Savannah DeMelo were both named to the preseason watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Hocking was named a semifinalist for the award last season and DeMelo has been on the watch list each of the last 3 seasons.
LAST SEASON - The 2020 season was delayed until the spring of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trojans finished 7-3-4 overall and 6-3-2 in Pac-12 play, grabbing 2nd in the conference standings. USC made its 7th straight postseason appearance, continuing a streak that started when Head Coach Keidane McAlpine arrived in 2014. USC was bounced from the postseason in its opening game (2nd round/1st round bye) falling to Ole Miss in PK's.