Coach expects big things from Butcher (Soccer)

August 19, 2010
Carly Butcher

The University of Southern California women’s soccer team went 12-6-3 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before losing in the first round last year.

Yet it was considered a disappointment.

The Women of Troy—the 2007 national champions—enter the season ranked 19th in the preseason NCAA Division I poll.

But head coach Ari Khosroshahin has higher hopes, and he’s pegged Anchorage’s Carly Butcher as one of the players that will help get Southern Cal back to prominence.

“I think Carly Butcher is one everyone is going to be impressed with this year,” Khosroshahin said the USC website. “Her work rate and her strength has improved so much that for the first time since Ashley Nick graduated, I think we may have a real presence in midfield like Ashley was.”

Butcher, of South High fame, is a junior midfielder who has collected 18 points in 41 career games.

Her freshman season was highlighted by five goals. As a sophomore, she had a team-high five assists, serving up helpers on deciding goals to beat Michigan and Cal.

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