Women Of Troy Catch A Wave To NCAA Tournament

Nov. 10, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's soccer team will make its sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament after the 64-team bracket was announced Monday. The Women of Troy will play Pepperdine in the first round of the tournament at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 14). The winner will face the winner of the UCLA-San Diego match on Sunday (Nov. 16) at 1 p.m. in second-round action.

USC finished the regular season with a 9-7-4 overall record and tied for third place in the Pac-10 Conference with Stanford with a 5-3-1 mark.

This is the third straight year that USC has played in the first and second round regional at UCLA. The Women of Troy lost to Pepperdine, 1-0, in the first round of the 2001 tournament and dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision to UCLA in the second round of last year's tournament.

Freshman Rosa Anna Tantillo leads the Women of Troy in goals (seven) and points (16). Senior Jessica Edwards and junior Kelly Blais have four goals each. Edwards, who fractured her right leg in the Sept. 28 game against Loyola Marymount, is not expected to play this weekend.

Junior goalie Julie Peterson has a 1.15 goals-against-average and seven shutouts on the season. She set a school record Sunday with her 15th career shutout in a 3-0 decision at Oregon State.

USC played nine games this season against ranked opponents and held a 4-4-1 mark against those teams.

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