The NCAA Women's soccer tournament bracket was announced this week and the Trojans received the No. 4-seed and will face Long Beach State at home Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the opening round.
Long Beach State comes in with a 12-5-3 record after earning an automatic bid by winning the Big West tournament. Earlier in the season, the two teams faced each other with USC winning 3-0 at home.
The Women of Troy are making their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and their 17th overall appearance. USC has never missed the postseason under head coach Keidane McAlpine and the team won the 2016 national championship under his guidance.
Last weekend, the Women of Troy dropped their final regular season game 3-2, in double-overtime, against crosstown rival UCLA at StubHub Center.
While USC was nationally ranked No. 2 going into final weekend, they were awarded a 4-seed by the NCAA. Conversely, UCLA was No. 6 in the country before the upset win, and are now a 2-seed in their bracket.
"What a game, it had everything you want: highs, lows, superb talent, flashy plays and the fans were fantastic," said head coach Keidane McAlpine after the game.
USC (15-2-2, Pac-12 8-2-1) suffered the same gut-wrenching result last season with an identical score, as UCLA (14-3-1, Pac-12 9-2-0) scored late to pull off the upset once more.
Looking ahead, if the Women of Troy advance past their first round matchup they will face the winner of LSU and Boston University on Nov. 15. A potential clash with No. 1 seed Florida State is also a possibility in the third round. The Seminoles and Trojans faced each other earlier in the season and played to a 0-0 tie.
With UCLA placed on the opposite ledger, the crosstown rivals have a chance to face each other once more in the National Championship game held in Cary, N.C.
Speaking after their home defeat, forward Natalie Jacobs looked to stay positive. "It only motivates us to not want to lose again," Jacobs said. "So I think taking this loss in season is going to help us for postseason."