USC women’s soccer opens Pac-12 game against No. 19 Stanford

Women’s football | September 21, 2022

LOS ANGELES- USC’s 4-1-1 women’s soccer team opens the Pac-12 game this week when it hosts Stanford No. 19 for a marquee game Friday afternoon at McAlister Field.

HOW TO FOLLOW – Friday’s game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 network, with Christian Miles and Tracey Bailey on the call. Links for 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 STANFORD – Stanford has held an all-time series record of 19-6-4 since the teams first played in 1993. Despite the record, USC has fared better in the series over the past two years, getting a scoreless draw at Palo Alto two seasons ago and then winning a thriller at home last year. Last season’s game, a 3-2 OT win, saw the Trojans erase a 2-0 deficit and secure the game winner from Bethune Cross in extension.

LAST WEEK – The Trojans closed non-conference play at home last week, beating UC Irvine 3-2. USC scored all three goals in the first half and were led by Zoe Burns who scored a goal and an assist. Simi Awujo and Aaliyah Farmer everyone also had goals.

SPREAD IT – USC had three different scorers last game and for the season the Trojans had six different players who found the back of the net in their first six games. Nine different USC players have recorded at least one point so far and the team has seen multiple players score in three of its six games.

JACKSON PLAYER OF THE WEEK – After his two goals and an assist against CSUN and Nebraska, Simone Jackson was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week two weeks ago. Jackson has scored a goal in three of the four games she has appeared in and is second on the team with 7 points overall.

REMOVE TCU – The Trojans made a statement earlier this season, posting a dominating 3-0 win over then-No. 6 TCUs at home. Bethune Cross participated in all three goals, helping Simone Jackson for the first, then scoring the last two. Anna Smith made four saves in goal for his second consecutive shutout.

RECONNAISSANCE OF BETHUNE – Midfielder Bethune Cross was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this season and was also ranked the No. 1 player in college football by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Following her 2-goal, 1-assist performance against TCU, Bethune was named to the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Teams of the Week.

AWUJO/PAYNE/ADAMOLEKUN CALLED – Simi Awujo was recently called up for the first time to compete with the full Canadian national team in two friendlies against Australia. Nicole Payne was called up by the Nigerian national team (a team she competed for in the past) for a pair of friendlies against the USWNT. Olufolasade Adamolekun was also called up by the Jamaican national team during the recent international friendlies window, for a game against South Korea.

U-20 WORLD CUP – USC had four players competing at the U-20 World Cup this summer, with Simone Jackson representing the United States, and Simi Awujo, Zoe Burns and Brooklyn Courtnal play for Canada. Burns and Awujo started all three games for Canada and Courtnall started two of three. Jackson came off the bench in two of USA’s three games, scoring the only goal in the team’s last game.

RECENT NATIONAL TEAM EXPERIENCE:
Olufolasade Adamolekun– Jamaica (Full)
Simi Awujo – Canada (Full/U-20)
Zoe Burns – Canada (Full/U-20)
Nicole Payne – Nigeria (Full)
Bethune Cross – United States (U-23)
Brooklyn Courtnal – Canada (U-20)
Simone Jackson – United States (U-20)

STATISTICAL RANKINGS –

Aids – Bethune Cross (8) – 3rd Pac-12
Assists/G – B├ęthune (0.80) – 1st Pac-12
GW Goals – Aaliyah Farmer (2) – 4th Pac-12
Bleached – Anna Smith (2) – 4th Pac-12

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