LAS VEGAS — Lincoln Riley’s swift rebuild at USC was some of the compelling tales in school soccer this season. The Trojans went from four-win fallen dynasty to 11-win championship contender in 12 months.
However Friday’s Pac-12 championship recreation proved that the moment gratification from a proficient staff of all-star transfers isn’t sufficient.
The No. 12 Utes (10-3) dashed No. 4 USC’s championship and School Soccer Playoff semifinal hopes with a 47-24 drubbing at Allegiant Stadium. Utah handed the Trojans (11-2) each of their losses this season and gained its second consecutive Pac-12 championship in opposition to a staff that many have been able to crown as a playoff staff throughout Riley’s first season.
Whereas stadium staff swept Utah’s crimson and white confetti from the sphere, the Ute celebration continued on social media.
“Money can’t buy that,” Utah tight finish Dalton Kincaid wrote on Twitter with an emoji of a hoop.
Kyle Whittingham, who started his Utah tenure in 2005 when Riley was nonetheless a pupil assistant underneath Mike Leach at Texas Tech, has coached the Utes to 4 Pac-12 championship appearances within the final 5 years.
“[They’ve] had a system in place, guys recruited for a long time, you see the continuity, how that’s built. You kind of feel that with the way their guys play,” Riley stated. “You got to give ‘em credit. Part of when you get to kind of these moments in these big games is groups that have been there before. They certainly have. A lot of our team has not.”
Listed here are three takeaways from the sport: