Women's Soccer Continues Pac-10 Push With Final Home Matches

Oct. 30, 2001

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THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (9-4-1, 4-1 Pac-10) will host Washington State (7-6-0, 2-3) on Friday (Nov. 2) at 2 p.m. and Washington (10-3-1, 4-1) on Sunday (Nov. 4) at 1 p.m. in Pac-10 Conference action. Both games will be played at McAlister Field with Sunday's game representing Senior Day in the final regular season home match for the Women of Troy. After starting the season with a 1-3 record, the Trojans are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

SENIOR SALUTE - Five seniors will be playing in their final regular season home match on Sunday against Washington. The Trojans will honor midfielder Christy Callier, goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes, defender Liane Nakano, defender Erin Reed and forward Brittany Savelkoul in a pregame ceremony.

LAST WEEK - The Trojans went 2-0 with 1-0 wins at Oregon State and Oregon last week. Ali Fennell scored the game-winner in Friday's win in Corvallis. During a scramble in front of the goal, Fennell punched a shot into the left corner at 34:45. Oregon State held a slight 14-13 advantage in shots as USC won its seventh straight match against the Beavers. In Sunday's contest in Eugene, the Women of Troy scored early at 13:14 when sophomore Megan Abbamonto flicked a header off a corner kick from freshman Kelly Blais. The Ducks outshot the Trojans, 21-15, in a physical contest where both teams had quality chances. USC improved to 6-0 all-time against Oregon.

CLAMPING DOWN - The Trojans have allowed only two goals in their last four games and five in their last eight.

SITE CHANGE - The Nov. 4 game against Washington has been moved to McAlister Field after originally being scheduled at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

CENTURY CITY - The Oct. 12 win against Arizona State was the 100th win in USC history since the program's inception in 1993. Since his arrival in 1996, Head Coach Jim Millinder has guided his teams to at least 14 wins in all five seasons.

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 39 career points (15-9=39).

SHAELYN FERNANDES - Senior goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has made 11 starts this season in goal for the Women of Troy. She has a 8-4-1 record with a 0.94 goals-against-average. She has allowed 12 goals in 2001, recorded five shutouts and made 57 saves.

SHUTOUTS BY SHAELYN - Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has recorded five shutouts this season (Sept. 3 vs. Tennessee, Sept. 26 at St. Mary's, Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount, Oct. 26 at Oregon State and Oct. 28 at Oregon). She now has 11 career shutouts and is second on USC's all-time list. Laura Badagliacco (1994-97) holds the school record with 14 shutouts.

JESSICA EDWARDS - Sophomore Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) 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).

KAITLYN PRUETT - Freshman Kaitlyn Pruett (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) has compiled a season worthy of Freshman All-American consideration. After an ankle injury knocked out sophomore and team co-captain Nikki Goza for the season, Pruett was pushed into the middle back spot of the Trojans' backfield. She has started in every game this season and has one assist (Sept. 3 vs. Tennessee).

BRITTANY SAVELKOUL - Senior Brittany Savelkoul (Seal Beach/Los Alamitos HS) is having her best season at USC. Savelkoul has career highs this season with four goals and nine points (4-1=9). She recorded goals on Sept. 21 vs. UC Irvine, Oct. 7 at San Diego State, Oct. 12 vs. Arizona State and Oct. 21 at UCLA. She is tied for the team lead in goals with Shannon Cross.

CROSS OUT FOR THE SEASON - Freshman forward Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) was the team's leading scorer with 10 points (4-2=10) before suffering a torn medial meniscus in her right knee in the Oct. 21 game at UCLA. There is a slight chance that she could return if the Trojans make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, but more than likely she is lost for the season. Cross, who redshirted last season for the Trojans after injuring her knee in the preseason, scored back-to-back game-winners on penalty kicks on Oct. 7 at San Diego State (2-1) and Oct. 12 vs. Arizona State (3-2). She also scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 3 in a 1-0 win against Tennessee. Cross recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win on Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount.

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. Freshman midfielder/forward Ashley Casas (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS) tallied her first career goal on Oct. 12 in a 3-2 win against Arizona State while freshman midfielder Kelly Blais (Redondo Beach/Mira Costa HS) scored off a corner kick on Oct. 14 in a 2-0 decision over Arizona.

WASHINGTON STATE NOTES - Washington State is 7-6-0 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Cougars are coming off a 2-1 loss at home against Arizona State and a 3-1 win over Arizona. Washington State returned 10 starters from a squad that went 13-7 and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore midfielder Rachel Rodrick and junior forward/midfielder Katrina Stroh lead the Cougars with six goals each. Head Coach Dan Tobias is in his fourth season at Washington State with a 33-35-3 record. USC is 5-1 all-time against Washington State.

WASHINGTON NOTES - Washington is 10-3-1 overall and 4-1 in Pac-10 Conference play, tied for second place with USC and UCLA. The Huskies recorded wins last weekend at home against Arizona, 2-0, and Arizona State, 2-1, in overtime. Washington returned seven starters from last year's squad that went 18-3 and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Senior midfielder Caroline Putz leads the team with 11 points (3-5=11). Junior goalkeeper Hope Solo is 7-3-1 on the season with a 0.71 goals-against-average. Head Coach Lesle Gallimore is in her eighth season at Washington with a 90-57-6 record. USC leads the all-time series by a 4-3 margin.

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 12-3 (.800) 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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