The last time USC women's soccer made the NCAA Tournament was back in 2010, wrapping up an impressive 13-6-3 campaign under former coach Ali Khosroshahin cementing the Trojans' sixth straight postseason appearance.
Four years later, the Women of Troy have yet to reach the postseason and have hired former Washington State head coach Keidane McAlpine over the offseason hoping to resurrect this once dominant program back into the national conversation.
While stars Amy Rodriguez, Elizabeth Eddy and Kristen Olsen have dominated the pitch over the years, USC will look to get back on top hoping to match the 2007 national championship squad with a new coach and a youthful roster.
The other futbol program --they play over on McAlister Field-- kicked off Fall Camp action on Thursday as these ladies grind away before their opening tournament of the season starting August 22nd against Long Beach State.
TIME FOR SOME FUTBOL
Day 1 of double-days complete! ✔️✌️— USC Women's Soccer (@USC_WSoccer) August 8, 2014
From beginning to end the team got after it today. Can't wait to do it again tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/6kYKqXsiK3— Keidane (@Kmcdane) August 8, 2014
Great first day of practice today @USC_WSoccer !!— Carla Hayden (@ckhayden) August 8, 2014
Meet The New Head Coach
"This group of women has been so incredibly open and hungry for what we are trying to do. There were nerves and some tough moments, but they have really been welcoming. We have a talented group that needs to have some experiences together, so that we can create the chemistry and habits for consistent performances. We will be competitive from a talent standpoint, but have to learn how to do the small things." --McAlpine, who has quite the personal story himself, told SoccerBanter.org earlier this week.