Women’s football | August 15, 2022
LOS ANGELES- USC’s No. 15 women’s soccer team opens the 2022 season on the road this week, heading to Purdue on Thursday and Long Beach State on Sunday.
HOW TO FOLLOW – Thursday’s season opener at Purdue will air live on BTN2GO and Sunday’s game at Long Beach State will air on ESPN+. Links for all live streams and stats can be found on the Women’s Soccer Schedule page on USCTrojans.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter by following @USC_Wsoccer.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Follow all of 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 AGAINST PURDUE – The Trojans are 2-0 against the Boilermakers. The teams last played in 2011 at Indiana, with USC winning a 2-1 overtime win. The only other meeting was in 2010 when the teams faced off in Fullerton, with the Trojans winning 1-0.
SERIES AGAINST LBSU – The Trojans are 5-2-1 all-time against the 49ers, with USC winning the last two meetings. The teams last met in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Playoffs, a game USC won 6-0 at home. LBSU’s last win in the series came at home in 2016, a 1-0 win.
A NEW ERA – The engaged Trojans 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 win two Pac-12 championships and an NCAA College Cup appearance. She played college football at Duke where she was a starter for four years from 2006 to 2009.
RETURN FROM AROD – Trojan horse and USWNT legend joins coach Alukonis on staff, Amy Rodriguez, who announced his retirement from professional football last January. Rodriguez played 11 professional seasons, winning two NWSL titles (2014, 2015), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and a World Cup championship (2015). She played at USC from 2005 to 2008, leading the program to its first NCAA championship in 2007. Her name is still in the USC record books, with the forward ranking sixth in career points with 79, sixth in career goals with 31, ninth in career. assists with 17 and third 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 move to 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 coach- head of the men’s program (2016).
Bethune Cross – 2021 winners: MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist, consensus first-team All-American, Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, All-Pac-12, and first-team All-Pacific region. 2021 statistics: 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) USC) 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 Courtnal – 2021 winners: TDS Freshman Best XI Second Team, Third Team All-Pac-12, Team Pac-12 All-Freshman. 2021 statistics: Started all 20 games as a centre-back, 1,807 minutes played (most for the team), helped USC to 8 shutouts, had 1 assist. Notable: Currently playing for Canada at the U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica.
Simone Jackson – 2021 winners: Second Team All-Pac-12, Team Pac-12 All-Freshman. 2021 statistics: 5 goals, 8 assists (2nd on the team), 18 points overall. Notable: Currently competing for the United States at the U-20 World Cup.
Anna Smith – 2021 winners: Third team from the Pacific region. 2021 statistics: Played every minute in goal, 14-3-3 record, 8 shutouts, 65 saves, 0.96 GAA, 0.765 save percentage. Notable: Back for its 5th season. Has a career record of 23-6-4 in 35 starts, with 116 saves and 11 shutouts.
Zoe burns – 2021 winners: Second Team All-Pac-12. 2021 statistics: Appeared in all 20 games, made 18 starts, played 1,589 minutes (4th on the team), 1 goal, 1 assist. Notable: Currently competing at the U-20 World Cup for Canada.
Simi Awujo – 2021 winners: Pac-12 freshman team. 2021 statistics: Appeared in all 20 games, made 15 starts, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 points overall. Notable: Currently competing at the U-20 World Cup for Canada.
Aaliyah Farmer – 2021 winners: Pac-12 freshman team. 2021 statistics: Appeared in all 20 games, made 14 starts, 3 goals, 2 assists, 8 points overall (6th on the team). Notable: Currently competing at the U-20 World Cup for Canada.
NEW ARRIVALS :
Nicole Payne — West Virginia (transfer) — In three seasons at WVU, Payne was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team and to the All-Big 12 Team twice. She appeared in 53 games, making 44 starts mostly on the Mountaineers’ back line, scoring four times and providing two assists. Also competes for the Nigerian national team.
Brandi Peterson – TCU (transfer) – In four years at TCU, he was named a second-team All-American and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last fall. She also won All-American honors twice. Big 12 and was named to the 2021 All-Midwest Region First Team. For her TCU career, Peterson played in 81 games and made 76 starts, scoring three goals and providing 10 backline assists. .
Hannah Dickinson – Lakeside HS (Seattle, Wash.) – Won Washington State 3A Player of the Year, All-State honors twice and was named to the All-American First Team three times -Metro League. Finished prep career as the school’s all-time saves leader (181), posting a career 0.47 goals-against-average and 34 total shutouts. She made 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 butt.
Jayce Woodward – Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.) – Was twice named conference MVP and Gatorade State Player of the Year at Seattle Prep. Scored 57 goals and registered 26 assists in three full college seasons. Earned first-team All-League honors in all four years, was conference MVP and named to the All-State team as a junior and senior, and played in the High School All-American Game last season. She also played basketball in first grade.
LAST SEASON – The Trojans finished last year with a 14-3-3 record overall and 8-1-2 Pac-12, finishing second in the conference standings. USC made the playoffs for the 8th straight season and 20th time overall, playing in the second round where they were kicked out of the tournament on penalty kicks against Penn State. The Trojans finished the year No. 11 in the final coaches poll.
B1G MOVE – USC announced on June 30 that it would join the Big Ten conference at the start of the 2024-25 season for all sports. Crosstown rivals UCLA are also making the move. USC women’s soccer has two Big Ten opponents on the schedule this season, which will travel to Purdue and Nebraska.
PRESEASON RANKINGS – The Trojans are ranked No. 15 in the United Soccer Coaches pre-season poll. USC was also selected to finish 4th in the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll.