No. 12 Women's Soccer Play Final Two Regular Season Home Matches
Oct. 24, 2000
THIS WEEK -- The No. 12 USC women's soccer team (11-3-2) will host No. 5 California on Friday (Oct. 27) at McAlister Field at 3 p.m. and No. 9 Stanford on Sunday (Oct. 29) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 1 p.m. Both games will have implications for the Trojans' NCAA Tournament hopes as USC is tied for third with UCLA in the Pac-10 Conference behind Washington and California. Sunday will be Senior Day as six players (Isabelle Harvey, Katie Ticehurst, Megan Orach, Susie Mora, Andrea Warner and Barbara Almaraz) will play their final regular season match at USC.
NEXT WEEK -- USC will close out the regular season with Pac-10 matches at Arizona on Friday (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m. and at Arizona State on Sunday (Nov. 5) at noon.
LAST WEEK -- USC went 1-2 on a grueling road trip, playing three games in five days. The Trojans started on Wednesday (Oct. 18) with a 2-1 loss at No. 12 Santa Clara. Chardonnay Poole scored in the 13th minute off a corner kick for the Broncos, who added another goal at 56:53 from Megan Horvath. USC freshman Amanda Roach recorded her first career goal, also off a corner kick at 73:27. On Friday (Oct. 20), the Trojans were shutout for the first time this season, 1-0, at No. 3 Washington. USC controlled the first half, but were unable to convert on any chances. The corner kick proved deadly for the Trojans again when Vanessa Pierce scored the only goal of the game for Washington at 56:12. It was the first loss suffered by USC goalkeeper Lauren Arase this season and first in 17 career decisions (14-1-2). With the possibility of going 0-for-3 on the trip, freshman Jessica Edwards saved the day on Sunday (Oct. 22) with two goals, including the game winner at 115:09 in a 2-1 overtime victory at Washington State. Senior Isabelle Harvey played one of her best games of the season and assisted on Edwards' game-winning goal. It was Harvey's 37th career assist, setting a new school record.
RANKINGS -- As of Oct. 23, USC is ranked No. 12 in Soccer America, No. 14 in Soccer Times, No. 15 in the NSCAA and No. 18 by Soccer Buzz.
BEARS NEWS -- California is 14-1-1 on the season and second in the Pac-10 with a 4-1 record. Sophomore forward Laura Schott leads the team and the Pac-10 with 20 goals. Goalkeeper Maite Zabala has allowed only seven goals this season in 16 starts and has a 0.45 goals-against-average. The Bears have won six of their last seven games with their only loss occuring on Oct. 8 at Washington (2-1).
USC VS. CALIFORNIA -- USC holds a 3-2 series advantage against California. After the Bears took the first two matches in the series, the Trojans have answered with three straight wins, including a 2-1 overtime win in Berkeley last year and a 2-0 win at the Coliseum in 1998.
CARDINAL REPORT -- Stanford is 10-4-1 on the season and fifth in the Pac-10 Conference with a 3-2 record. Freshman Marcie Ward leads the team with 30 points (9-12=30) while sophomore Marcia Wallis has a team-high 10 goals. Senior goalkeeper Carly Smolak is 10-4-1 and has a 0.95 goals-against-average for the Cardinal this season.
USC VS. STANFORD -- Stanford has a 4-2 series edge against USC. The Trojans lost at Stanford last year, 3-2, but did defeat Stanford, 2-1, at the Coliseum in 1998.
RING MY BELL -- Midfielder/forward Isabelle Harvey (Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada) is receiving accolades as one of the top collegiate players this season as a senior. Harvey was named as a first team preseason All-American by College Soccer News and has been named as a finalist for the Hermann Award, given to the top player in the nation. The three-time All-American currently holds school career marks for goals (45), assists (37), points (127) and game-winning goals (20). On Oct. 22, her assist to Jessica Edwards in a 2-1 win at Washington gave her 37 career assists, surpassing Kim Clark (1996-99). Harvey opened the 2000 season on Aug. 27 with an assist on the Trojans' first goal in a 2-0 win at UC Irvine off a corner kick. She recorded a two-goal game against No. 21 Michigan on Sept. 3 in Tempe, Ariz. Harvey is second on the team with 15 points (5-5=15). Last season, Harvey led the team with 30 points (11-8=30). On Oct. 17, 1999, Harvey recorded two assists against Washington State, becoming the first player in USC history to record 100 points in a career. Harvey also played for Canada in the 1999 Women's World Cup.
THE QUEEN OF ASSISTS -- Isabelle Harvey broke the school record for career assists, held by Kim Clark (1996-99) with 36 assists. Harvey registered her 37th career assist on Oct. 22 at Washington State
PHOENIX PHENOM -- Freshman Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) has made an immediate impact on the team and is adding scoring punch for the Women of Troy this season. She is first on the team with 20 points (8-4=20). On Oct. 22, she recorded a two-goal game at Washington State, including the game-winner at 115:09 in a 2-1 overtime victory. Edwards scored the lone goal in a 1-1 tie on Oct. 8 vs. No. 5 UCLA, which earned her a spot on the Soccer America Team of the Week (Oct. 2-8). She recorded her fourth goal of the season on Sept. 30 at Utah (4-1 win) as time expired at the end of the second half. On Sept. 8, Edwards scored two goals and added an assist in USC's 3-1 win over Baylor. She scored a goal and led the team with a game-high eight shots on Aug. 27 in a 2-0 win at UC Irvine. She leads the team with 77 shots (sophomore Ali Fennell is second with 33 shots). Edwards also is close to breaking into USC's single-season top 10 lists. She needs only one goal to tie Courtney Barham (1995 and 1998) and Maggie Merritt (1994) for eighth place and three points to tie Megan Orach (1997) for 10th place.
TAKING A SHOT AT THE RECORD -- Jessica Edwards is on pace to challenge Maggie Merritt's record for most shots in a season. Edwards has 77 shots through 16 games and is on pace to record 96 shots this season (Merritt registered 92 shots in the 1994 season). Her 77 shots puts her in a tie for second place with Clark (1997) and Isabelle Harvey (1996) for most shots in a season. Edwards' shot total also places her ninth on USC's career list.
ALMOST PERFECT -- Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Arase (La Canada/La Canada HS) is 7-1-2 this season for the Trojans and has allowed seven goals this season for a 0.66 goals-against-average. She suffered her first loss as a Trojan on Oct. 20 at No. 3 Washington (1-0) and is now 14-1-2 as a starter at USC. Arase recorded 11 saves in a 1-1 tie against No. 5 UCLA on Oct. 8 at the Coliseum. She recorded her fourth shutout of the season (sixth career) on Sept. 22, making three saves in a 1-0 decison at home against Loyola Marymount and on Sept. 10 vs. Vanderbilt, she added her fifth solo shutout, making four saves in a 3-0 victory. She started and won both matches at the Sun Devil Classic, including her fourth solo shutout on Sept. 1 in a 1-0 decision against Colorado. She opened the season with her third solo career shutout on Aug. 27 in a 2-0 win against UC Irvine.
SAVING THE DAY -- Lauren Arase registered a career night on Sept. 28 when she made 21 saves in a 1-1 tie at No. 23 BYU. BYU recorded 38 shots in 120 minutes against Arase, who missed tying the school record of 23 saves by a goalkeeper in a match (held by Cathy Zoccoli in 1993 vs. Stanford).
SUPER SOPHOMORE -- Sophomore Ali Fennell (Santa Ana/Mater Dei HS) thrived for the Trojans last season in her freshman campaign and, along with Harvey, gives USC one of the top 1-2 tandems on the flanks. Fennell is third on the team in scoring with 12 points (5-2=12). Fennell recorded two goals in a 5-2 win over Oregon State on Oct. 15 at McAlister Field. On Sept. 10 against Vanderbilt, Fennell scored two goals and added an assist in the Trojans' 3-0 shutout. Last year, she was third on the team in scoring with 16 points (6-4=16). Among the highlights in 1999, she was named a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 13 and 20) and to the Soccer America Team of the Week twice. She received the first award after scoring the game-winner against then-No. 8 UConn and assisting on the game-winner against then-No. 12 Portland. After scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over then-No. 8 BYU, she received the second set of honors.
DOUBLE TROUBLE -- The Women of Troy have a sister act this season with the presence of sophomore Kim and freshman Megan Abbamonto (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS). Both midfielders have played in every game this season. Kim, who has been hampered in two seasons (one as a redshirt) by injuries, has made solid contributions off the bench with two assists while Megan has three goals and four assists for the Trojans.
PLAYING WITH `ABBA'ILITY -- Megan Abbamonto is tied for fourth on the team with 10 points (3-4=10). She is tied with Jessica Edwards for second on the team with four assists. She scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 decision on Sept. 17 against Central Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Abbamonto has dominated the midfield for the Trojans in her first season.
WARNING THE ENEMY -- Senior midfielder Andrea Warner (Dana Point/Dana Hills HS) has been steady all season off the bench, but really produced for the Trojans on Oct. 15 with a five-point performance (two goals and one assist) in a 5-2 win over Oregon State. Warner is now tied for fourth with Megan Abbamonto on the team in scoring with 10 points (4-2=10).
FIT TO BE TIED -- The Trojans have recorded two ties this season, both against top 25 teams. USC tied at No. 23 BYU, 1-1, on Sept. 28, and registered a 1-1 tie on Oct. 8 against No. 5 UCLA.
EUROPEAN VACATION -- For the first time in the program's history, the women's soccer team went on an extended preseason trip. The Trojans played four games during a 12-day tour of Germany and Belgium (Aug. 11-22), going 4-0 and outscoring their opponents by a 16-3 margin. USC opened the tour with a 5-2 win over FSV Frankfurt with a two-goal performance by junior Christy Callier. Freshman Jessica Edwards scored twice as the Trojans defeated the Belgian National Team, 5-1, on Aug. 17, with Isabelle Harvey, Ali Fennell and Megan Orach also scoring goals. Callier added another two-goal game on Aug. 19 in a 4-0 shutout of V.V. Saestum, the current Dutch national champions. Freshman Megan Abbamonto scored both goals to complete the tour sweep on Aug. 21 in a 2-0 win over RSV Anderlecht.
CLASS BREAKDOWN -- The Women of Troy are led by six seniors this season with five juniors, seven sophomores and 11 freshmen.
LAST SEASON -- In 1999, the Women of Troy went 14-6 overall and placed second in Pac-10 play with a 7-2 record. The Trojans made their second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing at home to SMU in the first round, 1-0, in two overtimes. It was the fourth straight season that USC won at least 14 games.