USC Hosts BYU Before Start Of Three Straight On The Road

Sept. 14, 2004

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THIS WEEK -- The USC women's soccer team (3-3) will host the BYU Cougars (3-3) on Thursday (Sept. 16) at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy then will begin a stretch of three games on the road, starting on Sunday (Sept. 19) at San Diego (3-3) at noon.

RANKINGS -- USC, BYU and San Diego are not ranked.

WEEKEND RECAP -- USC went 1-1 at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. The Women of Troy defeated Mississippi State, 4-1, on Friday as sophomore midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo registered her second two-goal performance in as many games. Tina Sutorius and Shannon Cross also tallied goals as redshirt freshman goalie Veronica Simonton made her collegiate debut. Simonton made two saves and narrowly missed a shutout when the Bulldogs scored in the 82nd minute. No. 15 Tennessee defeated USC, 2-1, on Sunday. The Lady Vols scored twice in the first half and held off the Women of Troy in the second half. Sophomore Tracy Lansing scored the lone goal for USC in the 75th minute as she logged a team-high six shots.

ROSA ANNA TANTILLO -- Sophomore midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego/La Jolla HS) earned 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after leading the team in goals (seven), points (16) and game-winning goals (three). This season, she leads the team with five goals and 11 points (5-1=7). On Sept. 5 against Rutgers, she scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in USC's 3-2 win. Tantillo added her second two-goal effort in as many games in a 4-1 win on Sept. 10 against Mississippi State. She registered a five-point game with two goals and an assist in a 3-0 upset win last year on Sept. 26 at No. 18 Santa Clara.

TINA SUTORIUS -- After only six games, junior forward Tina Sutorius (Pleasanton/Amador Valley HS) is close to having a career season. She is second on the team in points (2-2=6) after posting career marks last year for goals (three) and points (seven).

BYU NOTES -- BYU is 3-3 on the season after back-to-back shutouts last week against Utah State (2-0) and Gonzaga (3-0). Head coach Jennifer Rockwood is 161-49-9 in her 10th season at BYU. Junior Jamie Rendich leads the team with four goals and 10 points (4-2=10). USC leads the all-time series with BYU by a 3-2-1 margin. The Trojans defeated the Cougars, 1-0, on Sept. 21, 2002, at McAlister Field while BYU defeated USC, 2-1, in the last meeting between the two teams last year on Oct. 3 in Provo, Utah.

SAN DIEGO NOTES -- San Diego is 3-3 on the season after defeating San Diego State, 4-1, on Sunday. Head coach Ada Greenwood is 12-11-4 in his second season at San Diego. Freshman Amy Epsten leads the team with six goals and 13 points (6-1=13). USC leads the all-time series with San Diego by a 3-2-1 margin. The Trojans defeated the Toreros, 1-0, in the last meeting between the two teams on Nov. 15, 2002, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at UCLA.

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. The team split games between McAlister Field and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before playing exclusively at McAlister Field, located on the corner of 30th and Hoover, prior to the 2002 season. USC boasts a 22-8-4 (.706) record at McAlister Field.

LAST SEASON -- In 2003, the Women of Troy went 9-8-4 overall and tied for third in Pac-10 play with a 5-3-1 record. The Trojans made their sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Pepperdine (1-0) in the first round at UCLA.

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