USC Defender Kaylin Martin '14 Kickin' It

Jennifer Engleman
Kaylin Martin graduated from St. Mary’s in 2014 and received the Father Ernest D. Sillers Legacy Award for demonstrating the highest standards of St. Mary’s Four Aces of Leadership through her school, local organizations and community. She was involved in many sports at St. Mary’s including soccer and also played outside of school on the Blues Club team.

Kaylin Martin redshirted in 2018-19 and 2019-20 was her first season. She played in 21 games for the Trojans, starting 16 on the defensive back line to help the team to an NCAA quarterfinals appearance.

Kaylin earned Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI second team honors. She was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. She helped anchor a defense that posted nine shutouts and 1.15 goals against average. Kaylin’s first career goal and first career assist came in back-to-back games against Arizona State (10/3) and Arizona (10/6), earning her Pac-12 Defender of the Week. A career highlight was when she scored the game-winning goal in the final minute against Arizona State.

USC Women’s Soccer Alumna Kaylin Martin ’14 NCAA fall season moved to spring. Like all things, the 2020 NCAA women's soccer season was changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The NCAA made the decision to move all fall championships to the spring back in August. The Trojans will play an abbreviated schedule this spring, with the NCAA College Cup being held May 13-17 in North Carolina. All players who compete this spring will not lose a season of eligibility and will still be able to play in the fall even if they are seniors.

The No. 14 USC women's soccer team opened its season against the 10th-ranked BYU Cougars on Feb. 15 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. In accordance with the Pac-12 and Los Angeles County Public Health Department policies, USC will not have fans in attendance at its home games this spring. The games are streamed live via Pac-12+ on USCTrojans.com. Links for the broadcast and live stats can be found on the women's soccer schedule page at USCTrojans.com. In-game updates will also be available on Twitter by following @USC_Wsoccer. Keep up with everything USC women's soccer this year by following the Trojans on all of their social media platforms. You can follow @USCWsoccer on Instagram and @USC_Wsoccer on Twitter, and like USC Women's Soccer on Facebook.
 
USC's defense has a host of new faces this year, but at least one constant anchoring the group in senior center back Jessica Haidet. Haidet comes into this season with 53 career games played and a total of 41 starts as a center back in the last two years. The only other defender on the roster to see game action on the backline in a USC jersey is Kaylin Martin, who played 21 games and made 16 starts in 2019 on her way to Pac-12 All-Freshman Team recognition. 

Last year, the Trojans made another NCAA Tournament run last year, coming up just short of the College Cup. USC finished the 2019 season 17-5-1 overall, ending their campaign in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament against national runners-up North Carolina. USC reached as high as No. 2 in the national rankings in 2019 and made their sixth straight postseason appearance.

Information Reference USC Website - https://usctrojans.com/sports/womens-soccer/roster/kaylin-martin/11566
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