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QB Stephen Johnson’s sister wins national championship in soccer


The family of Stephen Johnson has had more than a few reasons to celebrate success on the field this season.

Eight days after Kentucky’s quarterback had a career day in helping the Cats knock off No. 11 Louisville, his sister Sydney won an NCAA national championship in soccer with Southern California.

The seventh-ranked Trojans upset No. 1 West Virginia 3-1 on Sunday.

“That was incredible,” said Stephen Johnson, who said he talked to her shortly after the game while she was having pancakes with their parents. “I mean they did a great job at USC. Big underdogs and winning against West Virginia. I was really happy for her. ... It was cool to see that, just how proud and happy she was.”

Sydney Johnson, a 5-foot-8 junior midfielder/forward, had one goal this season and 16 shots on goal, playing in 22 of the Trojans’ 25 games. In her sophomore season, Johnson finished second on the team with five goals and added two assists.

Stephen and Sydney Johnson’s father, Stephen, played college baseball at Oregon.