HomeTrending TopicsUSC Soccer: The nice, the unhealthy and what stood out vs. Arizona – Reign of Troy
Posted in Trending Topics on 30th September 2018

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USC soccer held on for a sloppy victory Saturday night time in Tucson, defeating Arizona, 24-20. Right here’s the nice, the unhealthy and what stood out from the sport.

After a nail-biter, final Friday within the Coliseum JT Daniels and USC soccer took their present on the highway. The challenger this time can be Pac-12 South rival Arizona led by dynamic quarterback Khalil Tate.

The Trojans entered the sport Saturday with extra questions than solutions. Which USC crew would present up? Would USC begin to present enchancment? Would there be some semblance of an identification with this offense?  A scheme? Or perhaps one other entire set of points would come up?

In brief, sure.

Right here’s the nice, the unhealthy and what stood out from USC’s win…

The Good

The very first thing I observed watching USC is that the changes alongside the offensive line are beginning to pay dividends. Final week it was fairly clear that USC was making an attempt to emphasise getting downhill within the working recreation. Nonetheless, in opposition to Washington State, the downhill run recreation was beginning to telegraph itself. At the least one tight finish can be within the recreation, with Vavae Malepeai within the backfield and out of the pistol formation.

This Saturday it regarded as if the objective was to additionally get Stephen Carr and Aca’Cedric Ware combined into the downhill working recreation. In addition to doing a greater job disguising it, USC nonetheless ran its bread and butter zone performs. Nonetheless, they work a lot better when an offensive line is in rhythm and dealing collectively. And also you get them right into a rhythm by getting them downhill on double groups and pulling.

The opposite actually good factor I observed Saturday was a little bit of an identification forming for USC’s offense.

Now it might be the truth that I used to be giddy watching USC pull each the guard and the middle on Ware’s 26-yard landing run within the second quarter. However, after final week in opposition to Washington State and Saturday in opposition to Arizona, I feel I see what USC’s offense is aspiring to be. And that seems to be an offense that kilos the rock within the working recreation and throws it deep within the passing recreation.

It has solely been two weeks, but when that’s what USC goes to work in direction of the remainder of the season I can get on board with that. Put up 47 runs to solely 24 passes whereas getting the tight ends concerned within the passing recreation? Signal me up!

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