Women’s Soccer | November 08, 2023
THIS WEEK – The No. 22 USC women’s soccer team begins NCAA Tournament play on Friday, hosting a first-round contest with Grand Canyon at 2 p.m.
HOW TO FOLLOW – Friday’s contest with Grand Canyon will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Links for the broadcasts and live stats can be found on the women’s soccer schedule page at USCTrojans.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter by following @USC_Wsoccer.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Keep up with everything 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.
POSTSEASON DRAW – USC drew an 8-seed in the NCAA tournament after finishing the regular season 10-4-3. The Trojans have earned a national seed in 9 consecutive tournaments and have appeared in each of the last 10 tournaments. Should the Trojans advance, they’ll face the winner of No. 1 seed BYU and Utah State.
REGULAR SEASON RECAP- The Trojans finished Pac-12 play with a 5-2-2 record, good for a third-place finish in the conference. It is the ninth consecutive season the Trojans have finished top 3 in the Pac-12. After dropping two of its first three matches, USC ripped off a six-match winning streak, climbing as high as No. 11 in the national rankings. All but one of the Trojans’ losses this season have come to teams in the NCAA Tournament: UCLA (1-seed), North Carolina (3-seed) and Arizona State. (Utah Valley lost to Grand Canyon in the WAC Tournament.)
OPPONENT INFO – Grand Canyon enters the tournament on a seven-match unbeaten streak, finishing the regular season fourth in the WAC with a record of 14-4-4 (5-1-3). The Lopes won three straight matches in the WAC Tournament, including a pair of upsets over Utah Valley and Seattle U to claim the tournament title and the automatic bid. Grand Canyon has played nine games against Pac-12 opposition in program history, picking up a pair of wins over Arizona (Sept. 1, 2022) and Oregon (Sept. 3, 2023).
SERIES VS GRAND CANYON – USC owns a 1-0 all-time record against Grand Canyon. The Trojans won the only meeting between the two schools, a 6-0 victory on Nov. 13, 2021 at McAlister Field in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Of the six goals scored…