Women of Troy follow first-year coach to first national title
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Almost a year after they learned the name of their new coach, three and a half months after they played their first game for him and almost four weeks after they commenced a long postseason march to the College Cup, USC's Women of Troy finally stopped running.And they started celebrating. "Over the course of the game, they were the better team," Florida State coach Mark Krikorian said Sunday. "The better team won the game." As the final second ticked off the clock at Aggie Soccer Stadium and made USC's 2-0 win over Florida State official, coach Ali Khosroshahin hugged his assistants and pumped his arm in celebration, while the players on the bench sprinted to greet their teammates in the middle of the field. It was a display of emotion that stood in stark contrast to the ho-hum reaction with which USC players and coaches greeted the final whistle of a quarterfinal win in West Virginia, which sent the team to the College Cup for the first time in program history, and a semifinal win against archrival UCLA on Friday in College Station, which earned USC a place in Sunday's championship game. As was the case all season, the Women of Troy followed Khosroshahin's lead.