Women's Soccer Hits The Road For Two Games

Sept. 24, 2001

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THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (3-3) will play two road games this week against opponents from the West Coast Conference. The Trojans travel to St. Mary's on Wednesday (Sept. 26) at 3 p.m. The game was added to the schedule after games on Sept. 14 vs. Wake Forest and Sept. 16 vs. Kentucky were cancelled due to the events on Sept. 11 on the East Coast. USC will then travel to Loyola Marymount on Sunday (Sept. 30) at 1 p.m.

LAST WEEK - The Trojans went 2-1 with a 1-0 loss at No. 18 San Diego on Sept. 18, a 3-2 win at home in overtime against UC Irvine on Sept. 21 and a 3-1 win at home against Oakland on Sept. 23. San Diego scored the lone goal at 67:19 when Katie Allen picked up a turnover by USC freshman Kaitlyn Pruett, scoring from 30 yards out in Tuesday's match. USC got out to an early start against UCI on Friday when junior Brittany Savelkoul scored at 4:43. Three goals were scored in a three-minute span with the final one coming at 19:40 when UCI's Hayley McNallan tied the game at 2-2. Sophomore Jessica Edwards scored the game-winner in overtime at 103:51 during a scramble in front of the goal. The Trojans made it a modest two-game winning streak on Sunday with the win against Oakland. Edwards scored the first goal on a header off a right cross from junior Ali Fennell. After Oakland tied the match in the second half, the Trojans put the game away on goals by freshman Lindsey Green and junior Jackie Fodor.

JESSICA EDWARDS - Sophomore All-America candidate Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) looks to improve on an outstanding freshman campaign and currently leads the team with five points (2-1=5). Edwards scored the 'golden goal' at 103:51 in a 3-2 overtime victory at home on Sept. 21 against UC Irvine and the first goal on Sept. 23 in a 3-1 win against Oakland. She earned All-Pac-10 Conference second team and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-West Region first team honors last year after leading the team in goals (11), points (29), game-winning goals (4) and shots (a school-record 97).

ALI FENNELL - Junior Ali Fennell (Santa Ana/Mater Dei HS) is one of the top flank players for the Women of Troy after garnering All-Pac-10 second team honors in her first two seasons. Fennell has started every match of her career at USC and has 32 career points (13-8=34).

FRESHMAN FORWARDS - Along with the talented Jessica Edwards up front, the Women of Troy have also received strong production from freshman forwards Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) and Megan Kakadelas (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS). Cross, who redshirted last season for the Trojans after injuring her knee in the preseason, scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 3 in a 1-0 win against Tennessee. Kakadelas recorded her first goal as a Trojan on Sept. 9 against No. 4 Nebraska to tie the game at 2-2 before the Huskers scored with 10 minutes remaining for the 3-2 win.

FIRST GOAL - Freshman midfielder Lindsey Green (Redondo Beach/Redondo Union HS) scored her first goal as a Trojan, the game-winning goal, on Sept. 23 in a 3-1 win against Oakland at McAlister Field.

ST. MARY'S NOTES - St. Mary's is 6-0 on the season after a 3-0 win on Sept. 19 against Nevada and a 5-0 win on Sept. 23 against San Jose State. The Gaels have outscored their opponents by an 18-3 margin this season. Freshman Katie Frattone leads the team in goals (five) and points (13). Sophomore Lucianne Crenshaw and freshman Sarah Rae Takekawa have four goals each. Head Coach Paul Ratcliffe is in his third season and has a 25-16-1 record at St. Mary's.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT NOTES - Loyola Marymount is 2-4 on the season after a 2-1 win on Sept. 23 at UC Irvine. Sophomore midfielder Laura Trask leads the team with three goals. Head Coach Gregg Murphy is in his sixth season at Loyola Marymount.

McALISTER FIELD - After sharing the practice field with the football team, the USC women's soccer team moved to its own facility prior to the 1998 season. McAlister Field, located on the corner of 30th and Hoover just north of the USC campus, is the permanent home for the team. USC boasts an 10-3 (.769) record at McAlister Field.

THE COLISEUM - The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one of the greatest and largest stadiums in America, serving as the site for the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The USC women's soccer team has utilized the Coliseum for selected home games, including postseason matches. In five seasons of play at the Coliseum, the Trojans have a 26-5-3 record (.809).

LAST SEASON - In 2000, the Women of Troy went 14-6-2 overall and placed fifth in Pac-10 play with a 5-3-1 record. The Trojans made their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing 3-0 at UCLA in the second round. It was the fifth straight season that USC won at least 14 games.

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