Women's Soccer Opens Pac-10 Season At Home
Oct. 9, 2001
THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (5-3-1) will begin Pac-10 Conference play this week with matches against Arizona State (6-4) on Friday (Oct. 12) at 3 p.m. and Arizona (3-5-1) on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at McAlister Field. The Trojans have a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) dating back to Sept. 21 after beginning the season with a 1-3 record.
LAST WEEK - The Trojans won their only match last week, a 2-1 decision on Oct. 7 at San Diego State. USC opened the scoring at 8:35 on a goal by Brittany Savelkoul, her second of the season. Junior Ali Fennell sprinted down the right side and set up a cross to Savelkoul on a one-timer. Fay DeLeon tied the game for the Aztecs at 49:23 in the second half. Fennell was taken down in the penalty box at 64:52 and freshman Shannon Cross buried the penalty kick for the game-winner. The Women of Troy outshot the Aztecs by a 12-4 margin and played physical with a 22-10 advantage in fouls.
SITE CHANGE - The Oct. 14 game against Arizona and Nov. 4 game against Washington have been moved to McAlister Field after originally being scheduled at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
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 37 career points (14-9=37).
SHANNON CROSS - Along with the talented Jessica Edwards up front, the Women of Troy have also received strong production from freshman forward Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS), who leads the team with eight points (3-2=8). Cross, who redshirted last season for the Trojans after injuring her knee in the preseason, scored the game-winner on Oct. 7 at San Diego State on a penalty kick in a 2-1 victory and also 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.
SHAELYN FERNANDES - Senior goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has made nine starts this season in goal for the Women of Troy. She has a 4-3-1 record with a 0.96 goals-against-average. She has allowed seven goals in 2001, recorded three shutouts and made 39 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.
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.
ARIZONA STATE NOTES - Arizona State is 6-4 on the season after 1-0 losses last week to Northern Arizona and San Diego. The Sun Devils returned seven starters from last year's 14-7-1 squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. All-American Stacey Tullock has four goals and 10 points this season (4-2=10). Head Coach Ray Leone is in his first season at ASU after a head coaching stint at Clemson.
ARIZONA NOTES - Arizona is 3-5-1 on the season and has lost four straight games. The Wildcats returned nine starters from last year's 3-15-2 squad. Candace Wilks and Kristi Lorona lead Arizona with five goals each on the season. Goalkeeper Shannon Monti has played in all nine matches and has a 2.02 GAA with 49 saves. Head Coach Cathy Klein is in her second season at Arizona after being the head coach at Iowa State for five years.
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.