June 13, 2016
June 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES — USC women’s soccer and head coach Keidane McAlpine announce the signing of two transfer forwards, Alex Anthony of Maryland and Leah Pruitt of San Diego State to Troy.
Both Anthony and Pruitt are eligible for competition immediately.
Anthony, a talented student-athlete, finished her Maryland undergraduate degree, a double major in sociology and psychology in just three years with a 3.895 GPA. She was a member of the Dean’s List from fall 2013 through spring 2016 and was named a senior scholar and senior marshal in the UMD College of Behavioral Social Sciences.
Athletically, after redshirting her true freshman season in 2013, she appeared in seven games and scored two goals and assisted on another in 2014, before blossoming as one of the Big Ten’s most dangerous goal scorers in 2015. In her sophomore season last fall, she started all 19 games for the Terrapins, finishing tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 goals scored. A Littleton, Colo., native, Anthony broke the school single-season record and led the Big Ten with 91 shots. Anthony also added two assists to finish tied for second in the conference with 22 points.
“Alex is going to affect our roster in many ways. She is an exceptional student, having graduated in three years in the top of her class. She is also an exceptional person in terms of extracurricular activities and supporting her community,” explained third-year head coach Keidane McAlpine.
“On the field, she has been dominant from the youth ranks all the way through her first two years playing at Maryland. She is an exceptional back-to-goal forward. She has one of the best pure shots with power from distance. She is a goal scorer and is very good at finding seams to create scoring opportunities. Her determination and box awareness makes her a great addition to our strike force.”
Pruitt is a talented forward who earned 2015 Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors last fall, along with being named to the All-Mountain West First Team. She started all 18 games for the Aztecs as a true freshman, leading the team with 10 goals, nine assists, 29 points, five game-winners and 62 shots. 41.9 percent of her shots were on target, which was the second-best number among Aztecs with at least 10 shot attempts. To end her outstanding season she scored in four of her last five contests. Pruitt is a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and is a 2015 graduate of Alta Loma HS.
“Leah is a strong, physical presence. Her work rate and her strength are undeniably her best traits. She scores goals and she can do it assisted or unassisted, on the ground or in the air. She can score goals in multiple ways. She is a box forward and we are excited to have her join our team,” explained McAlpine.
“Overall we did not score goals with regularity last year and one of the goals of our staff was to improve that,” said McAlpine. “We are excited that Alex and Leah will give us depth in that area.”