Women’s soccer makes a pair of short trips to Long Beach State and Pepperdine this weekend, as the Women of Troy seek their first two victories of the season. After suffering a tough overtime defeat at Santa Clara to open the season last week, USC will look to rebound with strong showings.Despite opening the year with a narrow loss, the Women of Troy were arguably the superior team against Santa Clara. USC pulled ahead of the Broncos twice before eventually losing 2-3.“We played really well for the first 30 minutes,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “Then we got away from some of the things we wanted to do tactically throughout the rest of the game.”Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme agreed with her coach and was confident that the Women of Troy would iron out their issues by Friday night. Prudhomme was encouraged by the team’s early season friendlies (two wins by a combined score of 9-1), and she said the squad would improve as it logged more minutes as a unit.“There were just a couple breakdowns on defense that we need to clean up, and I think we’ll be OK,” Prudhomme said. “The more we play and the more we’re together, it’ll feel more like an exhibition when we go out for a normal game.”The loss to Santa Clara stings, but McAlpine said he was happy with his squad’s opening to the season.“All in all, it was a good start,” McAlpine said. “We learned something by playing a team of that caliber early. Hopefully we’ll continue to grow and build off of that.”There is still much growing left to do for USC. Ranked No. 11 in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Women of Troy harbor high ambitions for this season after making it to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.“Our goals are to win the Pac-12 championship and to win the national championship,” Prudhomme said. “I don’t think they’re unrealistic … if we do what we need to do.”McAlpine was similarly excited about his team, but he knows that USC’s tournament run last year now puts a target on the Women of Troy’s back.“This team has better talent than we had a year ago, but you still have to play the games,” McAlpine said. “This year, we’re not an underdog; people know that we’re talented and what we’re capable of. So we’re going to have to be a little bit more focused every game.”The Women of Troy kick off at Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on Friday, and they take on Pepperdine in Malibu at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Last Updated: 25th November, 2018 22:45 IST India’s Mary Kom Becomes First Female Boxer To Win Six World Boxing Championship Gold Medals Indian boxing legend Mary Kom scripted history at the World Boxing Championships after she won her record-equaling sixth gold medal at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi To make it sweeter, Mary Kom managed this incredible feat on home soil, for which was completely ecstatic. Her victory knew no bounds of joy as it was her second win title win in front of her home crowd after the 2006 win in Delhi. Speaking to the reporters after her win, she dedicated her latest triumph to her fellow countrymen. “I would like to dedicate this win to my country,” Mary Kom said after winning gold at World Boxing Championships. Written By Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Mary Kom entered the tournament as one of the most experienced campaigners with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her name. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 — a 48kg category gold. Enroute to the final, India’s boxing champ defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the semi-final and China’s Wu Yu in the quarterfinals. 1 year ago Meet the twins who lived through 20 Prime Ministers, 4 reigning monarchs and 2 World Wars FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US In the process, she has also inscribed her name into the history books of world boxing after she became the first woman boxer to win six gold medals in the medals in the competition. She also equaled the record of Cuban legend Felix Savon, as one of the most successful boxers in the history of the competition. READ: ONE FOR THE AGES: Boxing Champ Mary Kom Trains With Col Rajyavardhan Rathore As The Two Olympians Spar. Watch Here COMMENT 1 year ago ‘No-Brainer’: Karan Johar Calls The Decision To Back ‘2.0’ An ‘Honour’, Reveals Why Movie Will Open Huge Dylan Dsouza 1 year ago BS Yeddyurappa dubs HD Kumaraswamy government’s performance as ‘poor’ WATCH US LIVE Adding to her already glittering trophy cabinet, Mary Kom has won six medals at the World Boxing Championships which includes six golds (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010) and one silver (2001). And now her latest win takes her to medal tally to seven in the tournament.Her record-medal haul takes her past Irish boxer Katie Taylor who has won five golds and a bronze, in terms of overall medals won. However, Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit. First Published: 24th November, 2018 16:58 IST WE RECOMMEND Indian boxing legend Mary Kom scripted history at the World Boxing Championships after she won her record-equaling sixth gold medal at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.The 35-year-old defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota to claim top honors in the 48kg light flyweight class category. The Indian was made to toil hard against the Ukranian who is also a European champion and silver medalist at the Youth World Championships. Mary Kom was declared the winner by a unanimous decision. LIVE TV Session ID: 2020-09-09:c59a2c27698c5816e21fe182 Player Element ID: video_player_5f5862d25fce2 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen