USC Non-Revenue Update - 10/30

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Yesterday, Marqise Lee and Matt Barkley were listed as semifinalists for the 2012 Maxwell Award. This is the second time Barkley has been nominated for this award. The list of semifinalists reads like a who's who of college football, with names like Manti Te'o, Kenjon Barner, DeAnthony Thomas, Braxton Miller, Geno Smith, Johnny Manziel, and the top Heisman contender, Collin Klein. The finalists will be named on November 19.

In addition, Lee was named the Pac-12 offensive player of the week. Lee has racked up a season total of 1,129 receiving yards and is ranked second in the nation in that category, 74 yards behind Baylor's Terrance Williams

Now the news...

Women's Soccer: If there is a game that serves as a microcosm for the 2012 Trojan Futbol season, it has to be Friday's game at the Coliseum against #1 Stanford.

The Women of Troy went the distance against the Cardinal, holding the game scoreless in regulation. In their eighth overtime period this season, USC seemed to have the game in hand when Jordan Mirada blasted the ball past Stanford keeper Emily Oliver, but as USC was celebrating on the field, the linesman called offsides on the play and the goal was nullified. Twelve minutes of play later, Stanford's Alicia Garciamendez knocked in the golden goal off an assist by teammates Rachel Quon and Mariah Nogueira, allowed Stanford to escape L.A. with the OT victory.

Two days later, USC suffered another loss in regulation to #21 Cal, with the lone goal in the game coming in the 73rd minute from the Bears' Ifeoma Onumonu. USC had 15 shots on goal, but none went through and the team has now scored only one goal in the last six games. USC is 5-10-3 (2-6-2) and will end the season on Friday with a home game at McAlister Field against #2 UCLA at 2 PM. The game will be broadcast regionally on the Pac-12 Network.

Women's Volleyball: The #7 WVB team got a major boost of confidence this weekend when they pulled out a victory over #5 Washington in a five-set barnburner at the Galen Center. The first four sets were all decided by a margin of three points or less, and three USC players earned double-doubles. OH Sara Shaw notched 15 kills and 30 digs, setter Hayley Crone finished with 51 assists and 11 digs, and top scorer Samantha Bricio earned her seventh DD with 30 kills and 12 digs, with a .243 hitting percentage to boot. This was USC's first victory against a top-10 opponent since defeating UCLA in mid-September.

The next game was a much quicker affair for USC, as they swept Washington State in a game that saw USC never let go of the lead in the first two sets. Shaw earned a career-high 18 kills in the match, while Bricio scored 12 kills. USC is now 21-3 (9-3), and they have moved up to #6 in the AVCA poll and up to third place in the Pac-12 standings, three games behind conference leader and national #1 Stanford. In addition, this is now the 10th time under current head coach Mick Haley that USC has passed the 20-win mark on the season. The Women of Troy now begin a four game road trip that will begin with the Wildcats and Sun Devils next weekend.

Men's Water Polo: USC maintained their undefeated record and improved to 20-0 after a very busy three game weekend. On Thursday, they defeated UC Irvine 18-7, as six different Trojans scored at least two goals in the game. Then on Saturday, USC returned home for a doubleheader against Pacific and Cal Lutheran and defeated both teams by a combined score of 37-15. Sophomore Kostas Genidounias was the top scorer this weekend, making 11 goals in the last three games. USC will play on Saturday at 1 PM against UCSB. If you are attending the football game against Oregon, head over to the pool early to see these guys in action.

Women's Cross Country: Finally, the WCC team finished their season with a tenth place finish at the Pac-12 Championships in Santa Clarita last Saturday. Senior captain Shelby Buckley, who had come down with strep throat a few days before the race, was able to compete and was USC's top finisher, coming in 49th with a time of 21:49. While USC was outperformed by national contenders like Oregon and Arizona, this season marks a step forward from last year's troubled season, when they finished in last place at the conference meet with a score of 384 points. This year, they were able to shave their score down to 295. Oregon won the women's Pac-12 title with a score of 47.

And speaking of Oregon...brace for impact this Saturday.


J. Fuster

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Conquest Chronicles' writers or editors.

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