The Pac-12 continues to swell with Australians, with former Queensland Academy of Sport and Olympic FC midfielder Lulu Pullar putting pen to paper, signing with the University of Southern California, just minutes up the road from fellow Queenslander Teagan Micah’s UCLA. Pullar is already in Los Angeles, having enrolled early and joined up with her new team in January.
A former Brisbane Roar trainee, Pullar travelled to the United Kingdom with the Australian Schoolgirls side in 2015, being named the side’s Player of the Tour. Pullar was also named NPL Queensland’s Rising Star of 2014 whilst playing for Olympic FC.
Pullar is not the first Australian to be coached by USC head coach Keidane McAlpine. McAlpine was in charge at Washington State during 2013 College Matildas Player Of The Year Rachael Doyle’s stint at Pullman. With his previous good experience coaching an Australian, it is little wonder that McAlpine was interested in bringing an Australian into his current team. Coincidentally, Doyle and Pullar play similar positions, with both being able to play in defence or midfield, though Pullar prefers midfield to Doyle’s natural defensive position.
Pullar’s signing brings the number of Australians in the Pac-12 to six. The Queenslander joins Teagan Micah (UCLA), Tia Gavin (Washington State), Beattie Goad (Stanford), Kahlia Hogg, and Alex Huynh (both Colorado) in arguably the premier women’s soccer conference in the NCAA.