Women's Soccer Gets Second Straight Shutout

Oct. 28, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Megan Abbamonto's header off a corner kick Sunday paved the way as the No. 21 USC Trojans defeated the Oregon Ducks, 1-0, in Pac-10 Conference action. Abbamonto was at the near post and flicked the kick from freshman Kelly Blais at 13:12 for the Trojans.

USC improves to 9-4-1 overall on the season and 4-1 in Pac-10 Conference play while Oregon falls to 7-7-1 overall, 1-5 in Pac-10 play.

Senior Shaelyn Fernandes made five saves to record her fifth shutout of the season and the 11th of her career. Fernandes received a scare in the second half when she collided with Oregon's Nicole Garbin on a breakaway. Both players were okay as play continued.

'We went up to win two games and to shut out two outstanding teams like that is a tribute to our defense,' said USC Head Coach Jim Millinder. 'We are 8-1-1 in our last games, but we need to continue to work hard and pay attention to details. We have a big weekend against Washington State and Washington coming up.'

Oregon had more shots on the afternoon with a 19-13 margin, but both teams had quality chances on Senior Day for the host Ducks.

USC has been able to win despite the absence of starters forward Shannon Cross (knee) and Amanda Roach (ankle) in the lineup.

'I think it shows the depth of our team,' said Millinder. 'If you want to make a run in this conference, you have to be able to absorb injuries and today was an example of our kids stepping up and not giving quality chances. Liane Nakano (who started in place of Roach) did a great job for us in the backfield.'

The Trojans will return to action next weekend for their final home games of the regular season. USC will host Washington State on Friday (Nov. 2) at 3 p.m. and Washington on Sunday (Nov. 4) at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at McAlister Field with Senior Day taking place on Sunday.

USC  		1-0-1Oregon		0-0-0

Records: USC 9-4-1 (4-1), Oregon 7-7-1 (1-5)

Shots: USC 13, Oregon 19, Saves: Shaelyn Fernandes (USC) 7, Sara PetersFouls: USC 7, Oregon 10, Corner Kicks: USC 9, Oregon 3

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