Women's Soccer Advances With 2-1 Win Over San Diego

Nov. 8, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- Freshman Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) scored a goal and added an assist Wednesday and the USC Trojans defeated the University of San Diego Toreros, 2-1, in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Trojans will travel to face the No. 6-seeded UCLA Bruins on Saturday (Nov. 11) at 1 p.m.

USC is now 14-5-2 on the season while San Diego finishes with a 13-7 record. The Trojans are now 2-1 all-time against San Diego, this was the first time both teams played in Los Angeles.The Trojans started the scoring in the first half when sophomore Jackie Fodor (Winnetka/Chatsworth HS) buried a cross from Edwards from 10 yards out at 15:10. Junior Erin Reed (Alamo/Alamo HS) also received credit for an assist.

The turning point of the match came in the 33rd minute when USC senior Katie Ticehurst received a red card, forcing the Trojans to play with one less player for the remainder of the match.

Both teams played very well as only eight shots, four for each team, were recorded in the first half.

USC registered a pivotal goal in the first minutes of the second half by Edwards. Junior Brittany Savelkoul (Seal Beach/Los Alamitos HS) made a run down the right side into the penalty box, fed a pass to Edwards, whose shot bounced off San Diego goalkeeper Leila Duran and dribbled across the goal line at 48:13. It was Edwards' 11th goal of the season, placing her in a tie for fourth place with Tara Koleski (1995) and Isabelle Harvey (1999) for most goals in a season.

The Toreros got on the scoreboard at 74:56. Stephanie Barnier made a cross from the left side that found Brenna Mullen in front. Mullen's first shot went off USC goalkeeper Lauren Arase, but the ball came back out for Mullen, who put it away.

San Diego had several chances late, including a corner kick with 1:30 remaining, but could not convert.

San Diego 0-1--1USC 1-1--2

USC Jackie Fodor, 1st goal (Jessica Edwards, Erin Reed) 15:10USC Jessica Edwards, 11th goal (Brittany Savelkoul) 48:13USD Brenna Mullen, 1st goal (Stephanie Barnier) 74:56

Shots: USC 6, San Diego 8 Fouls: USC 18, San Diego 10Corner Kicks: USC 8, San Diego 3 Saves: Arase (USC) 3, Duran (San Diego) 0

Note: USC - Katie Ticehurst received a red card and will not play in Saturday's match at UCLA

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Post-Match Quotes

USC Head Coach Jim Millinder

'Having to play short-handed for 60 minutes in an NCAA tournament game is an extremely difficult thing to do and what these kids did today is amazing. In an NCAA tournament game, to play with 10 players for 60 minutes and then go up 2-0 and get that extra goal and hang on, it's heroic.'

on neutralizing strong corner play of San Diego

'We knew their flanks were good, we talked about that. (Val) Strocco and (Casey) Loveland were their quality players all season long and we matched up Isabelle Harvey and Ali Fennell and they did a great job. We brought Nikki Goza in, she did a good job. We moved Harvey up high. Once Katie Ticehurst got sent off, we had played one player short before. I think we had learned from the Cal match. Our intensity level was raised a lot and we just had to stay organized. Getting the second goal was critical because that gave us a little cushion and it would have been magic if the girls could have won two to nil, but I thought the girls were just tired and we were hanging out. It was a matter of when they were going to score the first goal in my opinion, so we never really went to four players in our backfield. We were talking about it, but that would have given us only one player up high and that would have given (USD) free reign to just serve and drop bombs in on us all day long.'

'Megan Orach did a great job in the back with organization. We were just organized. It was a great effort.'

USC defender Megan Orach

'We knew once San Diego scored that we had to be tight. We needed to have more heart than them to win the game. Actually, we decided on the field amongt ourselves that I was going to try and hang back as a sweeper and Kim Abbamonto would drop in the center, so they would be matched up and I would be more behind the game to try to clean it up and make sure that nobody got free to get through. That was our goal to take pride in our marks and not let them beat us to balls and let them score a goal.'

San Diego Head Coach John Cossaboon

'It was one of those honorable battles. It took us 10 minutes to get going, but after that point, I think it was a quality, hard-fought soccer game. It was a well-played, well-contested game by both teams. The thing that stood out to me was the character that USC had when they went down a player. Quite often, you go down a player, you do two things. You either fold or it brings you together. Today, it brought (USC) together.'

'The way we built throughout the 90 minutes and took things over and got things going as the game went on speaks awfully well of the character of USD. I'm awful proud of that fact.'

on suffering two losses to end the season

'On the day that you lose in the NCAA playoffs, no I'm not happy. But with the season, most certainly I'm happy. There's a lot of reasons that go into that start, a little bit of a lull we had and then the hard finish. There are a lot of things that I don't even feel are necessary to talk about. The injuries and those kind of things, every team has them. The thing I am proud of is when we did start our little bit of a drop, we got a hold of it and we battled back to beat teams like Portland and nationally-ranked St. Mary's. Overall, the thing I look at this group is the youth. We lose one very good player this year in Tricia Gordon. But this team is a majority of freshmen, sophomore and juniors. That means to me they are coming back to look for a lot more next year.'

on play of USC's Isabelle Harvey'I think Isabelle is really hitting her stride right now. Early on in the year, she was battling injuries and everything else. It seems like she's hit her stride down the stretch of the season. We knew she was a threat. The game was probably one of her better moments this year. She is a world-class player.'

San Diego midfielder Brenna Mullen

on her goal'I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. I got a great ball across the front of the goal. The goalie stopped my first one, but then I just kept on going to get it in.'

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