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Mandy Moves Up

mandy american flag.jpgThe good news just keeps coming for USC women's soccer alum Mandy Freeman.

A day after being selected No. 10 overall in the NWSL Draft, Freeman was selected to train with the U.S. Women's National Team during its January Camp. Freeman and four other players were held over from the U-23 camp, which ended yesterday, to give them an opportunity to make the official roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup.

Freeman finished her career at SC as a two-time Pac-12 first teamer, a second team All-American, a Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a Senior CLASS Award candidate. This season, she started all 25 games for the national champions and played more minutes than anyone but her keeper.

As the center back, she helped her team finish in the nation's Top 10 in W-L pct, shutout percentage and goals-against average.

To stay up-to-date on Freeman, follow USC women's soccer and the U.S. National Team on Twitter!

Trojans Shine on NWSL Draft Day

12358538.jpegReigning national champion USC women's soccer had five players selected in yesterday's National Women's Soccer League Draft -- the most of any program in the country.

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First off the board was midfielder Morgan Andrews, who went No. 3 overall to the Boston Breakers. Andrews, who scored 10 goals this season and was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Award, was USC's highest pick in a pro league since Amy Rodriguez went No. 1 overall in the 2009 WPSL Draft. The Milford, NH native gets to play pro ball just an hour from where she grew up.

The very next pick in the draft was defender-midfielder Kayla Mills, as New Jersey's Sky Blue FC took the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and 2016 Pac-12 first teamer with the No. 4 spot. With its next pick at No. 10, Sky Blue chose USC's Mandy Freeman, the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Mills and Freeman were stalwarts on a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 25 games for the nation's seventh-best goals-against average. They also helped set a program record with seven straight shutouts. In addition to working well together on the pitch, Mills and Freeman are best friends.

While USC had three players drafted in the first round, no other school had more than one.

In the second round (No. 16 overall), the Seattle Reign selected forward Katie Johnson, the hero of the national title game. The forward scored 10 goals this year, including two in the NCAA championship. She earned Most Valuable Offensive Player of the College Cup for her efforts.

USC's final player off the board was goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme. She was taken No. 31 overall and will join Andrews in Boston. The Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year set a USC record with 15 shutouts this year and ranked in the nation's Top 10 in shutouts, goals-against average and save pct.


State of Troy: December 2016

Each month, we sit down with USC athletic director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on making the Rose Bowl...

USC_Womens_Soccer_NCA_College_Cup_Georgetown_McGillen_6720.jpgIt was a great November. For my first time being the athletic director during the holiday season, it's wonderful to have the gift of a Rose Bowl. The football team finished up extraordinarily well. Give Clay Helton all the credit for keeping them focused after a 1-3 start to get to a 9-3 season and a top 10 ranking. Our hats are off to him and the football program.

Swann on women's soccer's national championship...

We have 21 sports here, so I am just as proud of what women's soccer has accomplished. Under head coach Keidane McAlpine, we won the program's second national championship. I was on hand in Northern California for the semifinal against Georgetown and the final against West Virginia. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 1 with a roster full of Canadian national team players and Olympians, but we beat them, 3-1. It was an outstanding game played by an outstanding team. I cannot praise our team enough.

Swann on men's water polo's national runner-up finish...

Men's water polo has been at the top of its game forever, making 12 straight NCAA title matches. They came up a little short in overtime against Cal in Berkeley, but we are exceptionally proud of what Jovan Vavic has done and what his team has done. What I love about Jovan though is that he is never satisfied to finish second and will continue to doggedly pursue championships.

Swann on men's basketball's undefeated start...

USC_Football_Notre_Dame_Coliseum_2016_McGillen_6966.jpgI have enjoyed being in the locker room with Andy Enfield and his team after a couple of victories to listen to him talk about playing great defense and what it will take to win throughout the season. He talks to them about week-by-week improvement. Even in the face of adversity, when Bennie Boatwright went down with an injury, the team was disappointed but not devastated. They are focused on having a great season. They are in position to compete for a Pac-12 championship, which is the first goal, and ultimately to make the NCAA Tournament again.

Swann on women's basketball's excellent play...

The Women of Troy only have one loss, and they have dealt with injury trouble as well. They went on the road and picked up a quality win against a ranked Texas A&M team. We are hosting a tournament this weekend at the Galen Center, so we need to support them. We need to get more of our fans out to both men's and women's basketball games.

Swann on women's volleyball's season...

The women's volleyball team is young, but they had a nice season to earn a 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. I look forward to them being outstanding over the next several years. They will continue to get better and continue to grow.

Swann on the academic semester coming to an end...

Academically, we had another tremendous semester in the classroom. Our Stevens Academic Center is there for a reason, and they are doing a great job mentoring and tutoring our student-athletes. Our Graduation Success Rate (GSR) has gone up for the third straight year, and at the present pace, it looks like it will improve over the next two years also.

Swann on visiting USC supporters across the country...

Earlier in December, I took a trip back East for the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame dinner and met with several groups of our alumni who are eagerly engaged with USC and look to do more. They are excited about the Rose Bowl and our progress athletically and academically in all 21 sports. USC has changed and grown to become even more appealing across the country and globe. For example, our lacrosse program has put its sport on the map nationally for the West Coast, so we have more people interested in coming to USC from the East Coast where the sport has deep roots.

Swann on USC's competitive spirit...

I also had the chance to attend the Heisman dinner for the first time with some USC alumni, while we all enjoyed it, we look forward to the day when a Trojan is holding up the trophy again. That's what makes USC special. We had a tremendous fall semester, but we are never satisfied. We keep pushing to win championships in every sport and to get better and better every day, week, month and year.

Happy Holidays to the entire Trojans Family! We are thankful for the blessings of this past year and look forward to a tremendous 2017!

Morgan Closing in on MAC Hermann

Morgan Andrews of USC's national champion women's soccer team was named one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the organization announced today.

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The MAC Hermann Trophy has been awarded annually since 1967 to the nation's most outstanding player in men's and women's soccer.

Andrews is joined by West Virginia's Kadeisha Buchanan and Stanford's Andi Sullivan as last three players under consideration for the award. Andrews was key in USC's wins over both of those opponents this year, as she scored two goals against Stanford and one goal in the national title game against WVU.

Andrews started all 25 games for USC and tied for the team lead with 10 goals this season. Three of those goals came on penalty kicks and three came during the postseason, proving that Andrews is one of the most clutch players in the country.

For her efforts, the Milford, NH native was named first team All-Pac-12 and second team NSCAA All-American for the second straight season.

The winner of the award will be announced on Jan. 6, 2017 at the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy Banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, MO.

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Left Our Mark

From day one this season, USC women's soccer stated its goal clearly: #LEAVEyOURMARK. After a remarkable game to cap an unforgettable season, the Women of Troy did just that.


Kickin' It With Keidane - Season Finale

On Sunday, USC women's soccer won the second national championship in program history behind an early goal from Morgan Andrews and two late goals by Katie Johnson.

Head coach Keidane McAlpine praised their performances as well as that of goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme in the title game, and also thanked his staff and the fans for their support throughout the season in the latest episode of Kickin' It With Keidane:

Season in Review: Women's Soccer

Women of Troy Win National Championship

McGillen Galleries: Women's Soccer Wins National Championship

USC women's soccer earned the second national title in program history last night with a 3-1 win over No. 1 West Virginia. Team photographer John McGillen was at Avaya Stadium to capture every moment, from the early goal to the jubilant celebrations.





National Champs!

IMG_2994.JPG.jpegUSC women's soccer beat No. 1 West Virginia, 3-1, to win the program's second-ever national championship today.

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The No. 7 Women of Troy took an early lead against the top-seeded Mountaineers, as Morgan Andrews connected on a header in the second minute. It was USC's quickest goal all season, and kept the Trojans afloat until WVU equalized in the 66th minute.

The Trojans kept calm and responded quickly, though, taking advantage of WVU's aggressive field positioning. In a two-on-two opportunity, Leah Pruitt muscled her way into control and hit a wide open Katie Johnson in front of the net, who slotted it past the keeper. Johnson would score again just 12 minutes later to secure the win for USC.

Johnson, who also scored the game-winner in USC's Final Four game against Georgetown, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She finished the season with nine goals, while Andrews finished with 10 (three of which came during the postseason).

After losing the first two games of head coach Keidane McAlpine's third season, USC finished the year 18-4-2 and brought home its first national title since 2007. The 2016 NCAA College Cup trophy is the 126th national championship (103rd NCAA title) that USC can claim.

Two National Championship Day?

USC women's soccer and men's water polo will compete for the NCAA championships in their respective sports on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT in the Bay Area.

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The Women of Troy defeated Georgetown, 1-0, in the national semifinal on Friday night thanks to a second half strike from Katie Johnson. They will play No. 1 West Virginia for the College Cup on Sunday in San Jose. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

No. 1 USC men's water polo cruised past Harvard, 19-4, to make its 12th consecutive NCAA title match, looking for its first crown since 2013. The Trojans will square off with host Cal for the national championship on Sunday in Berkeley. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

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Finally Time for the Final Four

Tomorrow, USC women's soccer faces fellow two-seed Georgetown in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

It's been a long road for the Trojans, who lost their first two games before setting a school record with seven straight shutout wins and finishing the regular season on a 14-2-1 run.

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No. 7 USC beat Eastern Washington, Texas A&M, Utah and Auburn to earn a spot in the NCAA Women's College Cup against Georgetown. The two programs have never met before, but they do share two common opponents this season. While the Hoyas lost, 3-0, to Stanford in August, the Trojans topped the Cardinal by the same margin in October. Most recently, the Hoyas advanced to the Final Four with a 1-0 win over Santa Clara, a squad that beat USC in the first game of the season, 3-2.

The Final Four matchup will be a battle between Georgetown's explosive offense and USC's stalwart defense. While the Hoyas average 2.44 goals per game (7th in the nation), the Women of Troy allow just .425 goals per game (8th in the nation) and have shut out their opponents in 65.2 pct of their games (8th in the nation). USC head coach Keidane McAlpine noted that the Hoyas have four players with 10+ goals this season but are also impressive defensively.

USC vs. Georgetown in the Final Four will kick off at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. Follow the team on Twitter for updates and check out USC Athletics on Snapchat to follow the team's journey.

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Kickin' It With Keidane - Week 15

On Friday, USC women's soccer will compete in its first Final Four game since 2007. The Trojans face another two-seed in Georgetown at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA at 4:30 p.m. Head coach Keidane McAlpine broke down the Hoyas' strengths and his team's attitude over the last few weeks in the latest episode of Kickin' It With Keidane.

Andrews for Hermann

USC women's soccer midfielder Morgan Andrews was named a semifinalist for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy today.

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The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most coveted individual honor in NCAA D-I soccer, honoring the most outstanding intercollegiate performance in men's and women's soccer each year since 1967.

Andrews has scored 9 goals this season, including 4 game-winners. She earned three multi-goal performances, most recently scoring 2 in USC's first-round NCAA game against Eastern Washington. The Milford, NH native, who transferred to USC from Notre Dame before the 2015 season, earned Pac-12 first team honors the last two years, and was named the third-best player in the nation by TopDrawer Soccer midway through the 2016 season.

Andrews is just the third Trojan to ever be named a semifinalist for soccer's version of the Heisman (Amy Rodriguez in 2008, Kristin Olsen in 2009). Past winners of the award include U.S. soccer standouts Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Christen Press, Kelley O'Hara and Mia Hamm.

Three finalists will be chosen from the pool of 15 semifinalists on Dec. 14 and the winner will be announced on Jan. 6, 2017. Before that, Andrews and the Women of Troy will take on Georgetown in the Final Four in San Jose, CA. Should USC beat the Hoyas this Friday, the team will play in the national championship on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPNU.

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Final Four Bound

DSC_0467 (1).JPGUSC women's soccer earned a trip to the NCAA Final Four this weekend by beating Auburn for the second time this season.

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The Trojans scored the only goal of the game in the fourth minute, as Alex Anthony headed Julia Bingham's cross into the net past an Auburn keeper who had an incredible day otherwise, stopping numerous one-on-one chances.

The Tigers' Sarah Le Beau and USC's Sammy Jo Prudhomme each racked up 6 saves in the game. Prudhomme's efforts helped USC earn its 15th shutout of the season, a school record. The Trojans' .652 shutout percentage this year ranks eighth in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12.

With the win, USC advanced to the second Final Four in program history. The last time the Trojans appeared in the national semifinals was 2007, when the team won it all.

The Trojans are slotted to play Georgetown on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in San Jose, CA. UNC and West Virginia will duke it out on the other side of the bracket for a spot in the championship game.

Kickin' It With Keidane - Week 14

USC women's soccer earned two NCAA Tournament wins this weekend to advance to the program's first Elite 8 since 2007. The Trojans beat Texas A&M in PKs and edged Utah in a 1-0 nail-biter to move on.

Head coach Keidane McAlpine sat down to preview this Friday's matchup with Auburn, a team USC beat 2-0 earlier this season. Check out the latest episode of Kickin' It With Keidane:

On To the Elite 8

USC women's soccer advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament with a 1-0 win over Utah on Sunday.

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Leah Pruitt put the Trojans on the board in the 73rd minute against the No. 23 Utes, whom USC tied in Salt Lake City earlier this season. The Trojan defense held strong when Utah put pressure on early, and managed their 14th shutout of the season.

The Trojans will now face Auburn in USC's second-ever Elite 8 appearance. The only other time USC has made an Elite 8 was during the 2007 season, when the Trojans won it all.

Like Utah, Auburn is a familiar foe for USC. The Women of Troy dispatched of the Tigers in the Auburn Soccer Classic back in September in a 2-0 win behind goals from Nicole Molen and Alex Anthony.

USC head coach Keidane McAlpine is especially familiar with Auburn, as he spent six seasons (2006-11) as an assistant coach there.

The Trojans face the No. 16 Tigers on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at USC's McAlister Field.

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McGillen Gallery: USC Women's Soccer vs. Texas A&M

On Friday, USC women's soccer beat Texas A&M to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, where they eventually topped Utah. The Trojans were locked at zero with the Aggies through full time and two overtime periods, so the win all came down to penalty kicks.

Team photographer John McGillen captured every moment of the game, from dogged determination to jubilation.

Soccer Through to Sweet 16

Alex Anthony hit the final penalty kick to send USC women's soccer through to the Sweet 16 on Friday afternoon.

After two scoreless halves and two scoreless overtime periods, the Trojans came out on top of Texas A&M with the 4-3 edge in penalty kicks.

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The Trojans had a handful of great scoring chances throughout the game, but impressive goalkeeper play from the Aggies (8 saves) and a couple of bad bounces kept USC off the board.

A trip to the Sweet 16 came down to penalty kicks, and thankfully USC had the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year in the net. Sammy Jo Prudhomme got the Trojans off to a good start by saving Texas A&M's first shot. Another save was all she needed, as the Women of Troy connected on four of five PK opportunities to win the shootout, 4-3.

In the Sweet 16, the Trojans will take on Utah, who advanced by beating Florida State on a late header. USC kicks off against Utah at noon on Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets!

Shooting for the Sweet 16

USC women's soccer hosts Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament tomorrow, hoping to advance to the Sweet 16.

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In the first round last week, second-seeded USC utilized three first half goals (two by way of Morgan Andrews), to top Eastern Washington, 3-1. Now, Andrews and the Trojans shift their focus to the Aggies, who beat in-state foe TCU in the first round to earn a trip out to Los Angeles.

While USC is 15-4-1 on the season, the Aggies are 12-8-1.

The Trojans rank No. 9 in the nation in goals against average (0.493) and fifth in save percentage (.892) thanks to standout goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme. She'll be tasked with slowing down the Aggies' leading scorer, Haley Pounds.

Click here to purchase tickets to USC's 1:30 p.m. tilt with Texas A&M on Friday, Nov. 18!

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Trojans Live: UCLA Preview

Coming off the win over Washington and heading into the Crosstown Showdown, there was plenty to talk about on Trojans Live this week.

Head coach Clay Helton talked about the complete team effort it took to beat the Huskies and previewed a dangerous UCLA team.

Click here to watch Helton on Trojans Live.

Former USC All-American WR Curtis Conway weighed in for the proud alums who love what they are seeing from the Trojans.

Click here to watch Conway on Trojans Live.

Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Mandy Freeman previewed USC women's soccer's NCAA Tournament game on Friday at McAlister Field.

Click here to watch Freeman on Trojans Live.

And finally, the one and only Adoree' Jackson explained his athletic celebrations but humble mentality:


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