The Women of Troy (1-2) will open the back half of their six-game season-opening home stand against an undefeated UC Davis squad (5-0) at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, March 14, at McAlister Field. It is USC’s first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) game of the season and a chance for the Trojans to capitalize on momentum gained from a 22-4 win over LIU Brooklyn last week.
USC will also host a pair of Ivy League schools during next week’s university spring break. On Monday, March 17, the Trojans take on Columbia (1-2, 0-2 Ivy) at noon PT at McAlister Field. Then on Wednesday, March 19, USC and Princeton (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) face off in a 1 p.m. bout. Last year, USC made the trip to Princeton, N.J., where it fell, 18-13, to the Tigers. The Trojans have never met the Columbia Lions.
Last season, the Trojans went 2-2 in home conference games but finished with a 5-3 mark in the MPSF to claim the final spot in the league tournament. One of USC’s three conference road victories was a 12-7 win over UC Davis on March 6, 2013. The Trojans had a couple of stars shine in their first meeting with the Aggies. Amanda Johansen had five goals and an assist for six points to go with six draw controls and a ground ball. Caroline de Lyra put up four goals to go with four assists for a game-high eight points while Courtney Tarleton had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. In goal, Liz Shaeffer recorded 11 saves to help the Trojans seal the win.
The Women of Troy still look to this sophomore foursome for leadership and production this season, but have the added luxury of a strong emerging freshman class. Through three games, Shaeffer has picked up 16 saves while Johansen has three goals and two assists with four ground balls and five draw controls. De Lyra has scored twice and dished out a pair of assists. Tarleton leads the team with six caused turnovers and is tied with several teammates with five ground balls.
A pair of dynamic scorers leads the USC offense. Sophomore attacker Caroline Cordrey shares team-high honors with nine goals and also has three draw controls. Freshman attacker Alex Moore also shares the team lead with nine goals to go with an assist, two ground balls, three draw controls, and the game-winning goal over LIU Brooklyn. In the center circle, freshman Michaela Michael leads the Trojans with six draw controls to go with two goals and an assist. In all, 15 different Trojans has scored a goal this season, in fact, anyone who has taken a shot for USC has found the back of the net at least once.