South Carolina faces first home/road weekend.
2011 - Played in 12 matches with one start at forward ... Tallied one assist for one point, getting her first career assist in the season opener at ECU (8/19) ... Did not register a shot ... Earned first career start at Arizona State (8/28), playing a season-high 34 minutes.
2010 - Played in seven matches after missing the beginning of the season recovering from an ACL tear ... Scored one goal for two points ... Opened South Carolina's scoring at Kentucky (9/26) in a 5-1 victory ... Registered five shots ... Saw her most extensive action with 36 minutes against Furman ... Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
PRE-COLLEGE: Member of Ontario Provincial Team (2005-07) ... WESPY (Windsor/Essex County Sportsperson of the Year) Finalist (2007, 2008, 2009) ... WESPY award winner in 2009 ... U-15 Provincial champions with London City Flash (2007) ... U-16 Provincial champions and national finalist with London City Supernovas (2007) ... Ontario Indoor Cup champions with London City Flash (2008) ... Two-time Junior Female Athlete of the Year (2007-08) ... Played for North London Galaxy club team ... 2008 BMO National Championship finalist ... U-16 Adidas Cup finalist ... Silver medalist at Jubilee Cup Senior Women's Canadian soccer championship (2008) ... LAWSL (London & Area Women's Soccer League) top scorer and City Cup MVP (2009) ... U-16 Robbie Tournament MVP (2008) ... Ontario Cup champion (2005) ... Leading goal scorer of Ontario Youth Soccer League U15 and U16 division (2007).
PERSONAL: Full name is Samantha McGowan ... Majoring in French education ... Chose USC over West Virginia, Purdue, Tennessee and Missouri ... Has two brothers and one sister ... Parents are Pete and Sheila Friesen and Rob McGowan.
WHY USC?: When I visited the campus, I immediately felt comfortable with the coaching staff and team. I love the warm weather. I felt like i was part of the family right away.