After making it to the Sweet 16 last year, the Women of Troy aimed to take the next step entering the 2016 season. But they were dismayed to lose their first two games of the year. The Trojans, who entered the season ranked No. 11 in the nation, fell to Santa Clara in a 3-2 OT battle in their season opener on Aug. 19.
Little did they know, it would be the only time all year they'd give up more than a single goal in a game.
After suffering another loss to Long Beach State, the Trojans started to click with a 3-0 win over Pepperdine in August.
It was the first of 10 straight wins for USC, which set a new school record.
The 10-game win streak featured a 3-0 takedown of national powerhouse UNC. The Trojans scored more goals against the No. 8 Tar Heels than any opponent had since 2011.
USC racked up another signature win with an upset of No. 1 Stanford in October. The 3-0 win was USC's first ever over a top-ranked team.
USC goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme was key in fueling USC's win streak. She led the Trojans to seven straight shutout victories, another school record.
Prudhomme was named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year for posting 15 individual shutouts on the season and saving .906 pct of shots that came her way.
Senior center back Mandy Freeman was also rewarded for her efforts in posting so many clean sheets. She earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Freeman and Prudhomme were joined by USC midfielder Morgan Andrews and defender Kayla Mills on the All-Pac-12 First Team.
At the end of the regular season, USC finished second in the Pac-12 and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, tying a program high.
The Women of Troy cruised past Eastern Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, before having to dig deep to advance on penalty kicks in the second round against Texas A&M.
Two more hard-fought wins over Utah and Auburn slotted the No. 7 Trojans through to the Final Four at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA.
Senior Katie Johnson scored the only goal of the game against Georgetown in the Final Four, and the Women of Troy advanced to just their second national title game in program history.
In the national championship, USC faced No. 1 overall seed West Virginia, which entered the game with just one loss all season and the second-stingiest defense in the nation.
Morgan Andrews connected on a header just 88 seconds into the game to put USC on the board early. The Trojans held that lead until the Mountaineers equalized in the 66th minute.
Katie Johnson broke the game open with two late goals to lead the Trojans to a 3-1 victory.
Despite being outshot 21-8, USC scored more goals against WVU than any opponent had since 2014.
Check out all the highlights of the national championship game:
The trophy is the second in program history, as the team also won its only previous title game appearance in 2007.
USC is now the only team in the Pac-12 with multiple national titles, and one of just four teams in the country to hoist more than one trophy (UNC, Notre Dame, Portland).
Watch what third-year head coach Keidane McAlpine and the Trojans had to say following the win: