Largest Class Ever Signed For 2003 Season

Feb. 10, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The USC women's soccer program has signed nine players to play soccer for the 2003 season, the largest class in the program's history.

Midfielder Jocelyn Hein of Saugus (Calif.) High, defender Shanna Hudson of Palisades Charter High in Pacific Palisades, Calif., midfielder Paige Janes of Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach, Calif., midfielder/forward Joyce Kim of Marlborough High in Los Angeles, forward Tracy Lansing of Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood, Calif., midfielder/forward Lindsay Parker of St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif., midfielder/defender Lauren Shepardson of Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach, Calif., goalkeeper Veronica Simonton of Ayala High in Chino Hills, Calif., and midfielder/forward Rosa Anna Tantillo of La Jolla (Calif.) High have signed to play at USC, head coach Jim Millinder announced today.

'This class could be potentially one of our best in terms of quality and depth,' said Millinder. 'We have a group of determined players. I think some of them will start right away. They all have an appetite to be successful.'

Here are brief biographies on each player:

Jocelyn Hein, MF, Saugus (Saugus HS) -- Hein earned All-CIF, all-area and all-league first team honors last year as a junior after recording 14 goals and 11 assists. She was a member of the Olympic Development Program regional team. She also competed in the adidas/ESP national camp. She was a member of the U-19 West Valley Samba state club premier championship squad, along with future USC teammate Joyce Kim. Shanna Hudson, D, Venice (Palisades Charter HS) -- Hudson is a U-19 National Team pool player and earned All-CIF first team honors last year as a junior. She has also earned all-league honors three straight years. Paige Janes, MF, Corona del Mar (Corona del Mar HS) -- Janes earned All-CIF, all-county and all-league first team honors last year and was named team co-most valuable player, along with future USC teammate Lauren Shepardson, after registering 11 goals and 15 assists. She was named to the Los Angeles Times All-Star first team and also competed on the ODP state team. Her club team, the Flamers FC, won the 2000 U-16 State Cup. Joyce Kim, MF/F, Beverly Hills (Marlborough HS) -- Kim earned all-league first team honors last year and was named team most valuable player. She was a member of the U-19 West Valley Samba state club premier championship squad, along with future USC teammate Jocelyn Hein.Tracy Lansing, F, Sherman Oaks (Harvard-Westlake HS) -- Lansing scored 27 goals last year as a junior, earning All-CIF and all-league first team honors and was named team most valuable player. She was a member of the U-17 West Valley Samba national club champions and earned the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer of the tournament. She also participated in the 2001 and 2002 ODP Regional camps.Lindsay Parker, MF/F, Los Altos (St. Francis HS) -- Parker earned all-league first team honors last year as a junior and was a member of the De Anza Soccer Club, Force Blue team that reached the state cup finals.Lauren Shepardson, MF/D, Newport Beach (Corona del Mar HS) -- Shepardson earned All-CIF, all-county and all-league honors last year as a junior, along with being named most valuable player of the Pacific Coast League. She also was a co-team most valuable player, along with future USC teammate Paige Janes. She has been a member of the ODP state team and was selected to participate in the regional camp. Veronica Simonton, GK, Chino Hills (Ayala HS) -- Simonton earned all-league honorable mention honors last year and has also played on the state ODP team.Rosa Anna Tantillo, MF/F, San Diego (La Jolla HS) -- Tantillo has been a member of the ODP regional team the past three years. She earned All-CIF first team honors last year and All-CIF second team honors in her freshman and sophomore years. She was named most valuable player for the Barons Tournament four straight years and at the 2002 Surf Cup for the So Cal United club.

The Women of Troy are coming off an 11-8-3 season, including the program's fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, and a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference.

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