Nov. 16, 2015
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
USC's Morgan Andrews
USC's Morgan Andrews is the LA Soccer News Women’s College Player of the Week for the second successive week after spearheading the Trojans' comeback en route to a penalty-kicks victory over Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the NCAA Division I women's tournament.
Andrews scored a hat trick as USC (14-5-2) rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit, then rallied again after the Titans took another lead in a 3-3 draw. The Trojans prevailed on penalties to advance to a second-round clash Friday with Princeton in Charlottesville, Va.
The junior forward from Milford, N.H., a Notre Dame transfer in her first season at USC, has a team-best 10 goals plus four assists in 20 games this year. The U.S. youth national teams veteran, who captained the Yanks at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup three years ago in Azerbaijan and has since played for the U-20 and U-23 teams, had 13 goals and 10 assists in 44 games for the Fighting Irish.
Andrews led the Trojans' fightback from a 2-0 deficit, halving the margin with a long-distance shot in the 54th minute, then making a superb near-post run to finish a Kayla Mills cross in the 59th to pull USC even. After CSUF went ahead again moments later, she scored from another Mills cross in the 67th minute to make it 3-3. There were no more goals in the final 43 minutes, and the Trojans outshot the visiting Titans, 4-3, in the tiebreaker.
Andrews, who won the LASN award last week after scoring both goals in USC's first victory at archrival UCLA in 16 tries, is one of three Trojans honored this year. Mandy Freeman was selected the third week of September and Nicole Molen a month later.
LA Soccer News Women's College Player of the Week
Week ending August 23: Christina Burkenroad, Cal State Fullerton
Week ending August 30: Rebecca Wilson, Cal State Fullerton
Week ending September 6: Melanie Fox, Long Beach State
Week ending September 13: Mallory Hromatko, UC Santa Barbara
Week ending September 20: Mandy Freeman, USC
Week ending September 27: Elizabeth Silas, UC Riverside
Week ending October 4: Ashley Gonzales, Long Beach State
Week ending October 11: Rebecca Wilson, Cal State Fullerton
Week ending October 18: Nicole Molen, USC
Week ending October 25: Morgan Hilby, Loyola Marymount
Week ending November 1: Amanda Ball, UC Santa Barbara
Week ending November 8: Morgan Andrews, USC
Week ending November 15: Morgan Andrews, USC