No. 21 USC Women’s Soccer Team goes to Tempe and Tucson
Women’s football | September 28, 2021
IN THIS WEEK – The USC women’s soccer team’s No. 21, currently on a six-game winning streak, takes to the streets in its second Pac-12 week, facing Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Sunday.
HOW TO FOLLOW – Both games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network. Links to the broadcasts and live stats can be found on the Women’s Football Schedule page on USCtrojans.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter by following @USC_Wsoccer.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Stay up to date on everything in USC women’s football this year by following the Trojans on all of their social media platforms. You can follow @USCWsoccer on Instagram, @USC_Wsoccer on Twitter, and like USC Women’s Soccer on Facebook.
SERIES VS. ASU – USC has an all-time 17-8 record against the Sun Devils since the teams first played in 1996. ASU won last season’s meeting 1-0 in Tempe. Previously, USC had won five in a row.
SERIES VS. ARIZONA – USC has held a 21-4-2 lead in the all-time series since the teams first game in 1994. The Trojans have beaten the Wildcats seven times since 2014.
BACK IN THE RANKINGS – USC moved up again this week in the top 25 poll of United Soccer Coaches, landing in 21st place. The Trojans also occupy 27th place in the RPI rankings.
LAST WEEK – The Trojans opened Pac-12 at home last week, beating previously undefeated Oregon State 2-1. USC fell 1-0 at the start of the competition, but Croix Bethune equalized in the 23rd minute and Penelope Hocking scored the winning goal in the 85th minute.
STRIPES – After losing their first two games of the year, USC have won six straight and knocked out four of their last five opponents. The Trojans outperformed their opponents by 19: 3 in this period.
ON THE EDGE OF HISTORY – Penelope Hocking is currently one goal away from breaking the USC’s all-time scoring record and two away from breaking it. Her 47 career goals are currently number two on the list, just behind Isabelle Harvey’s 48 goals.
– Currently second of the team this season with 5 goals and 2 assists (12 pts.)
– Career numbers: 2nd in all times in goals with 47 (leaders: 48), 2nd in points with 112 (leaders: 135), 2nd in game-winning goals with 15 (leaders: 21), 7th in assists with 18 (leaders .): 39) and 2nd in shots with 236 (leaders: 252)
– Last season was named to the All-America First Team, a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and the Pac-12 Forward of the Year, in addition to an Academic All-American
– Is the only USC player to have scored at least 10 goals in each of her first three college seasons
– Has been inducted into the All-Pac-12 team for the past three years and was also a Freshman All-American and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018
BETHUNER CROSS – Bethune, who was called up to the All-Pac-12 first team in their first season last spring, leads USC this year in terms of goals and points (6 goals, 2 assists, 14 points). Bethune has scored in five of USC’s eight games and is fourth in the conference with six goals. The junior midfielder recorded the second multi-goal game of her career at UCSB and scored two goals in a 3-0 win. She was also named Pac-12 Attacking Player of the Week after scoring the equalizer and supporting the game winner against Oregon State.
SAVANNE DeMELO – DeMelo is entering the 2021 season as a senior in her fifth year and aims to complete a career in which she has already received the All-Pac-12 award three times and the All-American award once. DeMelo is currently number 6 on the USC career assists list at 22 (front runner: 39) and has the sixth best individual season assist total in program history with 10 helpers in 2018, an 11th-minute hit against Utah Valley. She also has an assist.
ANNA SMITH- After battling for spot with All-American Kaylie Collins for the past three years, Smith entered the 2021 season as the Trojans starting keeper and the only goalkeeper on the USC roster with college experience. So far this year Smith has played in goal every minute and posted four shutouts. She was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on 9/6 after conceding two goals and a PK parade against No. 16 Michigan and Western Michigan on the road. Smith has two PK saves this year, is 5th in the Pac-12 with 33 saves and her 0.825 save percentages are 5th best in the conference. For her career, Smith has a 17-5-1 record and 7 shutouts.
PLAYER FAST HITS:
– Student in the first year Aaliyah Bauer started all but one game (Senior Day) as a holding midfielder for the Trojans, helping the team to four shutouts while also being in third place on points. She scored her first career goal with a header against Utah Valley and then drove home as the winner in OT against # 16 Michigan. Farmer has two goals and two assists (6 points).
– Student in the first year Brooklyn Courtnall has started and played every minute as a central defender for the Trojans this year and helped the team to four shutouts. She is the only player other than GK Anna Smith who has played for USC every minute. Courtnall provided her first career aid against CSUN and provided the assistant to Hannah White’s 71st-minute goal.
– Student in the first year Simone Jackson# 3 in the country in the previous recruitment cycle, scored her first career goal against Utah Valley earlier this year. She also recorded her first assist at UC Santa Barbara.
– After injuries in their first two seasons, Hannah White has become a real attack threat for USC, scoring two goals and one assist in seven games played.
– Student in the first year Simi community scored her first career goal against Western Michigan (9/5) and freshman Julia Gomez scored her first goal against CSUN (9/19)
SCHEDULE 2021 – The Trojans are once again playing one of the toughest schedules in the country this year. The 18-game list includes seven home games and 11 street games, with USC facing seven opponents who made it to the NCAA tournament last year and nine who are currently ranked or receiving votes in the preseason coach poll.
ROSTER DEPTH – The Trojans start the season with 35 players. USC returns 20 letter winners from last season and starts the year with four All-Pac-12 honors, three All-Region players, and a first-team All-American. The Trojans also brought the number 4 recruiting class to the nation, adding to All-Pac-12 transfer Jada Talley.
HERMANN WATCH – USC’s Penelope Hocking and Savannah DeMelo were both named on the preseason watchlist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest honor in college football. Both players are no stranger to the Hermann Trophy radar, with Hocking being nominated as a semi-finalist for the award last season and DeMelo being on the watch list for the past three seasons.
LAST SEASON – The 2020 season has been postponed to spring 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trojans finished 7-3-4 in the overall standings and 6-3-2 in the Pac-12 game, finishing in 2nd place in the conference standings. USC made the seventh consecutive post-season appearance and continued a streak that began with the arrival of Head Coach Keidane McAlpine in 2014. USC was in its opening game (2.