Women Of Troy Open Pac-10 Conference Play At Home

Oct. 7, 2003

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THIS WEEK - The No. 25 USC women's soccer team (4-4-3) begins Pac-10 Conference play this week by hosting No. 10 Washington (7-2-2) on Thursday (Oct. 9) at 3 p.m. and Washington State (4-6-0) on Saturday (Oct. 11) at noon. Thursday's game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net.

LAST WEEK - USC played its final non-conference match of the season, suffering a 2-1 loss at BYU. Kelly Blais scored the lone goal for the Women of Troy.

RANKINGS - USC is ranked No. 25 in the latest Soccer Times poll. Washington is ranked No. 9 by adidas/NSCAA, No. 10 by Soccer Times, No. 12 by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. Washington State is not ranked.

NOT AN EASY SCHEDULE - The Women of Troy's schedule is among the toughest in the nation with 10 games against opponents that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament, including runner-up Santa Clara. The latest Soccer Times rankings as of Oct. 7 show the Trojans playing three of the top 10 teams in the nation and six in the top 25: No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Washington, No. 17 Santa Clara, No. 18 California and No. 22 Arizona State.

Rosa Anna Tantillo - Freshman midfielder/forward Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego/La Jolla HS) is the top player for the 2003 USC freshman class of 10 players, the largest in the program's history. She leads the team in goals (five) and points (12). On Sept. 26 at No.13 Santa Clara, she scored two goals and added an assist in the Trojans' 3-0 upset to earn Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors. Tantillo scored twice in a 4-3 loss at Florida on Aug. 31 and added an assist on Sept. 7 in a 2-1 win at Michigan.

Jessica Edwards - Senior forward Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) looks to climb up the school career top 10 scoring lists. She has registered 56 career points (22-12=56) and has 10 points (4-2=10) this season, but will be out indefinitely after a right leg injury suffered on Sept. 28 against Loyola Marymount. She needs two points to tie Ali Fennell (1999-2002) for fourth place on the career list. On Sept. 7, Edwards scored two goals in a 2-1 win at Michigan. Edwards earned All-Pac-10 second team and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-West Region first team honors in her 2000 freshman season after leading the team in goals (11), points (29), game-winning goals (4) and a school-record shots (97).

Megan Abbamonto - Senior midfielder Megan Abbamonto (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS) is one of the team's leaders in 2003 after earning All-Pac-10 second team honors last season, the second time she has earned the distinction in her career. She missed the final six games of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Nov. 1 against Oregon State, but is healthy now.

WASHINGTON NOTES - Washington is 7-2-2 on the season. Head coach Lesle Gallimore is 109-69-12 in her 10th season at Washington. Tina Frimpong leads the team with nine goals and 20 points (9-2=20). Washington holds a 5-4 all-time series lead against USC as the Huskies have won the last three matches against the Women of Troy.

WASHINGTON STATE NOTES - Washington State is 4-6 on the season. Matt Potter is 4-6 in his first season at Washington State. Nicole Wilcox and Rachel Rodrick both have three goals on the season to lead the Cougars. USC has a 6-2 all-time series advantage against Washington State, but the Cougars defeated the Women of Troy, 4-1, last year in Pullman.

CENTURY MARK - USC head coach Jim Millinder needs two wins for his 100th in his eight-year career with the Women of Troy.

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 19-6-3 (.732) record at McAlister Field.

LAST SEASON - In 2002, the Women of Troy went 11-8-3 overall and placed fourth in Pac-10 play with a 5-4-0 record. The Trojans made their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to UCLA (1-0) in double overtime in the second round.

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