Women's Soccer Travels To San Diego State

Oct. 1, 2001

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THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (4-3-1) will travel to San Diego State on Sunday (Oct. 7) at 1 p.m. The Trojans are playing their final non-conference match of the season before the start of Pac-10 Conference play.

LAST WEEK - The Trojans went 1-0-1 last week and completed a stretch of playing five games in 11 days. USC played to a scoreless tie at No. 24 St. Mary's on Wednesday (Sept. 26) and won at Loyola Marymount, 3-0, on Sunday (Sept. 30). At St. Mary's, the Trojans outshot the Gaels by a 23-20 margin as both teams had scoring chances. Goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes made 10 saves in goal for the Trojans while forward Jessica Edwards recorded seven shots. After a scoreless first half at Loyola Marymount, USC opened the scoring at 55:20 when midfielder Megan Abbamonto knocked in a corner kick from forward Shannon Cross. Midfielder Ali Fennell scored five minutes later off a throw-in and cross from midfielder Kelly Blais. Cross completed the scoring on a breakaway off a pass from forward Jackie Fodor. Fernandes made four saves for her second straight shutout. Freshman defender Kaitlyn Pruett made a key save early in the second half. With Fernandes playing up in the box, Pruett was at the goal line and knocked away a shot from LMU's Myka Peck.

JESSICA EDWARDS - Sophomore All-America candidate Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) looks to improve on an outstanding freshman campaign and has five points (2-1=5) on the season. 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 36 career points (14-8=36).

SHAELYN FERNANDES - Senior goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has made eight starts this season in goal for the Women of Troy. She has a 3-3-1 record with a 0.95 goals-against-average. She has allowed seven goals in 2001, recorded three shutouts and made 38 saves.

SHUTOUTS BY SHAELYN - Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has recorded three shutouts this season (Sept. 3 vs. Tennessee, Sept. 26 at St. Mary's and Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount). She now has nine career shutouts and is tied for second with Karin Puccinelli (1995-98) on USC's all-time list. Laura Badagliacco (1994-97) holds the school record with 14 shutouts.

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. She also recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win on Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount. 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.

SAN DIEGO STATE NOTES - San Diego State is 4-5 on the season after suffering a 2-1 loss to Stanford and a 2-0 loss to Santa Clara last weekend. The Aztecs returned 10 starters from last year's squad that finished with an 8-13 record. Sophomore forward Kim Castellanos leads the Aztecs with seven goals and 15 points (7-1=15) while senior goalkeeper Linnea Quinones has a 2-5 record with a 1.70 GAA in seven games. San Diego State leads the series with USC by a 5-2 margin. San Diego State has won the last two meetings with the last USC victory on Sept. 14, 1997 at San Diego (4-1). Head Coach Chuck Clegg is in his ninth season as head coach for the women's program and has a 100-58-5 record.

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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