After taking its first loss of the season on a tough out-of-state road trip, the USC women’s soccer team is back in action for two home matchups this weekend.Crossed up · Senior midfielder Autumn Altamirano has two assists for the Women of Troy this season after starting all 18 games last year. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan On Friday, the Women of Troy will welcome the Pepperdine Waves to McAlister Field for a 2:30 p.m. game. The squad will then host Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m. on Sunday.No. 23 USC (3-1-1) fought two hard battles in the Minnesota heat last week, but failed to come out with a victory. A 1-1 tie against Ole Miss and 1-0 loss to LSU, on the heels of a strong 3-0 start, have given the Women of Troy extra motivation going into their next two games.Sophomore midfielder Megan Borman knows the team learned a lot during their road trip.“We got a red card, so we had to substitute and learn to defend with ten people. That was the biggest thing,” Borman said. “So even though we didn’t get the wins we wanted, it was still a positive weekend.”Like USC, Pepperdine began its 2013 campaign on a high note before slowing down. The Waves started the season 2-0-1, but suffered two tough losses last weekend to No. 11 Michigan and Tulane.Goalkeeper Hannah Saebert leads a strong backline for Pepperdine that has only allowed seven goals in five games. It will take a bounce back effort from USC’s dynamic attack to break through the Waves’ defense. After scoring four times in each of their first three games, the Women of Troy combined for just one goal against Ole Miss and LSU.Coach Ali Khosroshahin attributed this to a lack of patience on offense.“Too many times we times we would get into a situation and options wouldn’t develop, so we would just dump it in [and] lead to another turnover,” Khosroshahin said. “This weekend we need to keep the ball until we can create better looks at goal, higher percentage opportunities.”Borman echoed her coach’s thoughts. “We have to work on finishing our chances,” she said. “We have so many girls who are almost 6- feet tall, we call them the trees. We have been working on timing our runs and getting our crosses in the right spots.”Loyola Marymount (3-3) also enters its matchup with USC on a two-game losing streak, having fallen to No. 4 Stanford and Long Beach State last week. The Lions mirror the Women of Troy in their offensive balance; four LMU players have scored at least one goal this season.The Women of Troy have three forwards — senior Elizabeth Eddy and freshmen Kayla Mills and Tanya Samarzich — with at least three goals.USC junior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley will have her hands full with the Lions’ balanced attack, but should be up to the task. Stanley and the Trojans’ defense have allowed more than one goal only once this year.This weekend marks the first time the team can be seen on television this season, a good opportunity for the team to gain some exposure on a national level. The Pac-12 network will televise Friday’s game live, and Sunday’s contest can be followed live on the Pac-12 website.The Women of Troy fell from 17th to 23rd in the NCAA rankings after their road trip, and a televised win could help the squad climb the rankings once again. But Khosroshahin is just excited to be back home.“We love LA. We love Southern California,” the 7th year coach said. “It will be nice to be here at McAlister and in front of the Trojan Family.”Borman agreed. “Traveling is tough,” she said. “Playing at home certainly has its advantages.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Flashback: Former VP Boakai with Cllr. Brumskine (r) at a political gathering in 2017.Joseph Nyuma Boakai, former Vice President of Liberia and standard bearer of the former ruling Unity Party, has expressed deep sadness over the passing of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former standard bearer of the opposition Liberty Party.Mr. Boakai described the late Cllr. Brumskine as a towering politician, eminent statesman, and a legal luminary with an abiding belief in the rule of law.Boakai recalls joining forces with Cllr. Brumskine when the Liberty Party challenged the results of the 2017 presidential elections based on what they were convinced was “fraudulent conduct and irregularities in the elections”.He said the late Brumskine remained resolute in the pursuit of the legal process in spite of its glaring contradictions, and the manipulation of the judiciary.“Politicians of lesser calibre would have resorted to threats of mob action and violence by supporters,” a release quoted Mr. Boakai.Similarly, he said Cllr. Brumskine brought the Liberty Party along in the formation of the collaborating political parties (CPP) with characteristic dedication and commitment.“Although, his ailment was already beginning to take a toll, Cllr. Brumskine felt no sacrifice was too great to save our beloved country. He worked assiduously towards consolidating the CPP into a formidable opposition. Cllr. Brumskine was a man of tenacity and determination. He did not give up easily, nor was he the kind of person to be readily dissuaded from pursuing his objective,” the release quoted Mr. Boakai.He recalled how Brumskine contested the presidency three times, and was undaunted by the formidable challenges each time, adding that his life was a profile in courage that should serve as inspiration for his Liberty Party young supporters in particular, and the youth in general.Meanwhile, Mr. Boakai has extended his deepest sympathies to Mrs. Brumskine, the entire Brumskine family and the officials and members of the Liberty Party; yea the people of Liberia for this great loss.He also prayed that the Almighty God will keep the Brumskine family and all Liberians in His protective embrace, and comfort all during this period of bereavement and throughout.“Liberia has truly lost a patriot in the death of Cllr. Brumskine,” Boakai said.Cllr. Brumskine, 68, died on Wednesday, November 20 in the United States of America, following a period of illness.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Salvation Army:Would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank everyone who made invaluable contributions to the Angel Tree Christmas program this year. By spreading your love and sharing Christmas gifts for children in need, you helped make the difference this Christmas in many needy homes.Recalling the words of the great maestro, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:40 Facebook Comments No related posts.