Croix Bethune Named Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, Six Total Trojans Earn All-Pac-12 Recognition
LOS ANGELES – The Pac-12 postseason awards were announced on Tuesday and USC's Croix Bethune picked up her second consecutive Conference Midfielder of the Year award, while also being one of six Trojans to earn All-Pac-12 honors.
Bethune was named to the All-Pac-12 first team along with Simi Awujo and Simone Jackson, while Zoe Burns earned second team honors and Brooklyn Courtnall and Nicole Payne were named to the third team.
CROIX BETHUNE – MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR/ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Bethune becomes the first player to win midfielder of the year in back-to-back seasons since the award was instituted in 2017 and earns her third consecutive All-Pac-12 first team honor. She led the Trojans in all major offensive categories with eight goals, nine assists and 25 total points this season. Her nine total assists and 0.64 assists per game are tops in the conference and her 0.57 goals per game are fourth in the league. She has three multi-goal games this season, and has recorded a goal and an assist in four different matches.
SIMI AWUJO – ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Awujo controlled the Trojan midfield for most of the season despite missing time with the Canadian National Team and U-20 squad in two separate stints. She finished the regular season sixth on the team with eight total points, scoring two goals and posting four assists. It is the first career all-conference award for the sophomore, who was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team last season.
SIMONE JACKSON – ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM
Jackson earns her second all-conference honor after being named to the All-Pac-12 second team last year, as well as the All-Freshman team. She picks up her first first-team nod after finishing the regular season second on the team with 15 total points, scoring six goals and recording three assists. Her 0.40 goals per game are 12th in the conference and her 1.00 points per game are 13th. Jackson also missed a pair of games early in the year due to playing with the United States at the U-20 World Cup.
ZOE BURNS – ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM
Another U-20 World Cup participant early in the season (Canada), Burns still started all 14 games she appeared in and finished seventh on the team with seven total points (three goals, one assist). She saw time mainly as an outside back this season, but also played up top and in the midfield as one of the most versatile players on the pitch for USC. The junior earns her second all-conference award after being named to the All-Pac-12 second team last season.
BROOKLYN COURTNALL – ALL-PAC-12 THIRD TEAM
Courtnall was a mainstay on the backline for USC this season, starting 14 of the 15 games she appeared in after also playing at the U-20 World Cup with Canada early in the year. She helped the Trojans to seven shutouts on the season while also providing a pair of assists. The sophomore was also named to the All-Pac-12 third team last season, as well as to the All-Freshman team.
NICOLE PAYNE – ALL-PAC-12 THIRD TEAM
Payne transferred to USC prior to this season and after earning All-Big-12 honors each of the last two years, picks up her first All-Pac-12 nod. Spending time as both an outside back and forward, Payne finished the regular season tied for fourth on the team with three goals, while also helping USC to seven shutouts. She was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week once this season after a two-goal performance against Stanford.