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USC Women's Soccer Hosts No. 6 TCU for Home Opener

Aug 30, 2022

LOS ANGELES - The USC women's soccer team hosts No. 6 TCU for its home opener on Thursday at 3 p.m.
 
HOW TO FOLLOW - Thursday's home opener will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Insider. 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 TCU - The Trojans and TCU have only played once in their history, with USC picking up a 1-0 victory in Fort Worth back on Aug. 27, 2010.
 
LAST TIME OUT - The Trojans, who are coming off a nine-day break since their last contest, beat Long Beach State, 1-0, on the road last time out. Aaliyah Farmer scored the lone goal early in first half, heading in a corner from Croix Bethune. Anna Smith and the Trojan defense made the 7th-minute goal stand up, with their first shutout of the year.
 
BETHUNE'S ACCOLADES - Midfielder Croix Bethune was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List early this season and was also rated the No. 1 player in college soccer by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
 
U-20 WORLD CUP - USC had four players compete at the U-20 World Cup this summer, with Simone Jackson representing the USA, and Simi Awujo, Zoe Burns and Brooklyn Courtnall playing for Canada. Burns and Awujo started all three games for Canada and Courtnall started two of the three. Jackson came off the bench in two of the three games for the U.S., scoring the lone goal in the team's final game.
 
AWUJO CALLED UP - On the heels of a strong showing at the U-20 World Cup for Canada, Simi Awujo received her first call up to the full Canadian National Team last week. She will join Canada for international friendlies against Australia on Sept. 3 and 6.
 
A NEW ERA - The Trojans hired Jane Alukonis to be the fifth head coach in program history in January of this year. Alukonis comes to USC after four years as an assistant at UCLA, where she helped the Bruins to two Pac-12 Championships and an NCAA College Cup appearance. She played her college soccer at Duke where she was a four-year starter from 2006 to 2009.
 
AROD RETURNS - Joining Coach Alukonis on staff is Trojan and USWNT legend, Amy Rodriguez, who announced her retirement from professional soccer this past January. Rodriguez played 11 pro seasons, won two NWSL titles (2014, 2015), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and a World Cup championship (2015). She played at USC from 2005-08, leading the program to its first NCAA championship in 2007. Her name still litters the USC record book, with the forward sitting sixth in career points with 79, sixth in career goals with 31, ninth in career assists with 17 and third in game-winning goals with 12.
 
SUGAR ON STAFF - The Trojans' third assistant was hired on April 22, with the addition of Shigeyoshi "Sugar" Shinohara. Shinohara comes to USC after five years as an assistant at Arizona State. Prior to his time at ASU, he spent eight seasons at Brevard College (Brevard, North Carolina) – seven seasons as head coach of the women's program (2009-15) and one season as head coach of the men's program (2016).
 
NOTABLE RETURNERS:
Croix Bethune - 2021 Awards: MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, consensus First-Team All-American, Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region first team. 2021 Stats: 16 goals (3rd most in a season in USC history), 10 assists (T-6th most in USC history), 42 total points (4th most in USC history) Notable: Missed the 2019 season with an ACL injury, but returned to earn All-Pac-12 first team and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in 2020.
 
Brooklyn Courtnall - 2021 Awards: TDS Freshman Best XI second team, All-Pac-12 third team, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. 2021 Stats: Started all 20 games at centerback, 1,807 mins played (most on the team), helped USC to 8 shutouts, notched 1 assist. Notable: Played for Canada at the U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica.
 
Simone Jackson - 2021 Awards: All-Pac-12 second team, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. 2021 Stats: 5 goals, 8 assists (2nd on the team), 18 total points. Notable: Competed for the U.S. at the U-20 World Cup.
 
Anna Smith - 2021 Awards: All-Pacific Region third team. 2021 Stats: Played every minute in goal, 14-3-3 record, 8 shutouts, 65 saves, 0.96 GAA, 0.765 save percentage. Notable: Returning for her 5th season. Has a 23-6-4 career record in 35 starts, with 116 saves and 11 shutouts.
 
Zoe Burns - 2021 Awards: All-Pac-12 second team. 2021 Stats: Appeared in all 20 games, making 18 starts, played 1,589 minutes (4th on the team), 1 goal, 1 assist. Notable: Played at the U-20 World Cup for Canada this summer
 
Simi Awujo - 2021 Awards: Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. 2021 Stats: Appeared in all 20 games, made 15 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 total points. Notable: Played at the U-20 World Cup for Canada.
 
Aaliyah Farmer - 2021 Awards: Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. 2021 Stats: Appeared in all 20 games, made 14 starts, 3 goals, 2 assists, 8 total points (6th on the team).
 
NEWCOMERS:
Nicole Payne - West Virginia (transfer) - In three seasons at WVU, Payne was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team and the All-Big 12 team twice. She appeared in 53 games, making 44 starts mainly on the back line for the Mountaineers, scoring four times and providing two assists. Also competes for the Nigerian National Team.
 
Brandi Peterson - TCU (transfer) - In four years at TCU earned a second-team All-American nod and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this past fall. She also earned All-Big 12 honors twice and was named to the All-Midwest Region first team in 2021. For her career at TCU, Peterson appeared in 81 games and made 76 starts, scoring three goals and providing 10 assists from the back line.
 
Hannah Dickinson - Lakeside HS (Seattle, Wash.) - Earned Washington State 3A Player of the Year, All-State honors twice, and was named to the All-Metro League first team three times. Finished her prep career as the school's all-time saves leader (181), posting a career 0.47 goals against average and 34 total shutouts. She had a career-high 63 saves as a senior and set the school's single-game saves record with 11. She also served as team captain for three years in basketball and one year in lacrosse.
 
Jayce Woodward - Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.) - Was a two-time conference MVP and Gatorade State Player of the Year nominee at Seattle Prep. Scored 57 goals and recorded 26 assists in three full varsity seasons. Earned All-League first team honors all four years, was the conference MVP and named to the All-State team as a junior and senior, and played in the High School All-American Game this past season. She also played basketball as a freshman.
 
LAST SEASON - The Trojans finished last year 14-3-3 overall and 8-1-2 in Pac-12 play, finishing second in the conference standings. USC made the postseason for the 8th consecutive season and 20th time overall, playing into the second round where they were bounced from the tournament on penalty kicks against Penn State. The Trojans ended the year No. 11 in the final coaches poll.
 
B1G MOVE - USC announced on June 30 that it would be joining the Big Ten conference at the start of the 2024-25 season for all sports. Also making the move is crosstown rivals UCLA. USC women's soccer has a pair of Big Ten opponents on the schedule this season, traveling to Purdue and Nebraska.