Women's Soccer In Must-Win Situation This Weekend

Oct. 31, 2000

THIS WEEK -- The No. 13 USC women's soccer team (11-5-2) will close out the regular season this weekend with games at Arizona on Friday (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m. and at Arizona State on Sunday (Nov. 5) at noon. The Trojans will probably need to win both games to lock up a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

LAST WEEK -- USC lost two heartbreaking matches at home in critical Pac-10 Conference matches. The Trojans battled No. 5 California on Friday at McAlister Field to a scoreless first half. At 79:17, Laura Schott scored her conference-leading 21st goal of the season for the Golden Bears, but the Trojans answered back a minute later as freshman Jessica Edwards recorded her team-high ninth goal. The excitement was short-lived when senior midfielder Katie Ticehurst picked up her second yellow card of the match in the 81st minute, leaving the Trojans short a player for the remainder of the match. With both teams trading scoring opportunities in the overtime period, the Golden Bears got the game-winner with only 1:15 remaining in the second overtime period for the 2-1 win. The Trojans tried to rally on Sunday for Senior Day against No. 9 Stanford with two early goals in the first half by senior Isabelle Harvey and sophomore Ali Fennell. However, the Cardinal answered with two goals in less than a minute for a 2-2 halftime lead. Stanford would then score two more goals in the first nine minutes of the second half for a 4-2 win, handing the Trojans their fourth loss in five games.

RANKINGS -- As of Oct. 30, USC is ranked No. 13 in Soccer America, No. 16 in Soccer Times, No. 18 by Soccer Buzz and No. 25 in the NSCAA.

ARIZONA NOTES -- Arizona is 3-13-2 on the season and 0-6-1 in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Liz Bartlett leads the team with 11 points (5-1=11).

USC VS. ARIZONA -- USC holds a 5-1 series advantage over Arizona. The Trojans defeated the Wildcats, 6-0, last year at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

ARIZONA STATE NOTES -- Arizona State is 12-5-1 on the season and 3-4 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils snapped a four-game losing streak on Oct. 26 with a 3-1 win over Arizona and are coming off a 1-1 tie against Minnesota last Sunday. Stacey Tullock and Patrice Feulner lead the team with 29 points (Tullock has 12 goals and five assists while Feulner has 11 goals and seven assists). ASU has outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin this season. The Sun Devils are 9-2-1 at home this season.

USC VS. ARIZONA STATE -- USC holds a 3-1 all-time series advantage over Arizona State. The Trojans defeated the Sun Devils, 2-0, last year at McAlister Field.

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 (46), assists (38), points (130) and game-winning goals (20). Harvey recorded a goal and an assist in her final regular-season match on Oct. 29 in a 4-2 loss against Stanford. 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 18 points (6-6=18). 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 (she now has 38 assists).

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 nine goals and 23 points (9-5=23) and currently has a three-game point-scoring streak (3-1=7). 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 86 shots (sophomore Ali Fennell is second with 37 shots). Edwards also is currently in USC's single-season top 10 lists. Her nine goals places her in a tie with Courtney Barham (1995 and 1998) and Maggie Merritt (1994) for eighth place and 23 points ties her with 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 86 shots through 18 games and is on pace to record 96 shots this season (Merritt registered 92 shots in the 1994 season). Her 86 shots places her in second place for most shots in a season. Edwards' shot total also places her eighth 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 14 points (6-2=14). 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 fifth on the team with 10 points (3-4=10). 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 fourth on the team in scoring with 11 points (4-3=11).

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.

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