Women's Soccer Hosts San Diego In NCAA First-Round Match
Nov. 6, 2000
THIS WEEK -- The No. 13 USC women's soccer team (13-5-2), who finished fifth in the Pac-10 Conference, will host the University of San Diego Toreros (13-6) on Wednesday (Nov. 8) in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. The match will begin at 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The winner will travel to face the No. 6-seeded UCLA Bruins on Saturday (Nov. 11) at 1 p.m. This is the third straight year that the Trojans have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
LAST WEEK -- USC finished the regular season with wins at Arizona and Arizona State. On Friday, the Trojans registered a 3-1 win over the Wildcats. Ali Fennell scored her seventh goal of the season off an assist from Isabelle Harvey at 26:47 in the first half. Arizona answered one minute later on a goal by Sierra Cristiano. The game, however, turned at 40:03 when USC was awarded a penalty kick on an Arizona foul in the penalty box. Harvey converted for the Trojans and freshman Jessica Edwards added her team-leading 10th goal in the second half to complete the scoring. In the final match of the season on Sunday at Arizona State, the match went to overtime. As the verbal 10-second countdown took place in the first overtime period, Harvey scored with one second remaining off assists from Edwards and Whitney Cale. Goalkeeper Lauren Arase made six saves for the Trojans for her fifth shutout of the season, improving her record to 9-1-2.
RANKINGS -- As of Nov. 6, USC is ranked No. 13 in Soccer America, No. 14 by Soccer Buzz and No. 22 in the NSCAA (Soccer Times will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 7).
TROJANS IN THE NCAA -- USC is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in the eight-year history of the program. The Trojans are 1-2 in post-season play. USC made its first appearence in 1998 and reached the second round after defeating Washington at home, 2-1 in overtime, and losing at San Diego, 1-0 in overtime. Last year, the Trojans had a first-round bye, but lost in the second round to SMU, 1-0 in overtime.
WORKING OVERTIME -- With Sunday's match at Arizona State, the Trojans set a new school record by playing in their sixth overtime match of the season (the 1994 squad played five overtime matches). USC is 2-2-2 in overtime matches this season. The Trojans defeated Arizona State, 1-0, and Washington State, 2-1, on Oct. 22. USC tied at No. 23 BYU, 1-1, on Sept. 28, and against No. 5 UCLA, 1-1, on Oct. 8. The Trojans suffered their two losses on Sept. 15 at Florida (1-2) and Oct. 27 against California (1-2).
NARROW MARGIN -- Four of the Trojans' five losses this season have been by a one-goal margin and the fifth was a two-goal margin (4-2 loss against Stanford on Oct. 29).
THE COLISEUM -- This will be USC's 34th match played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In four seasons, the Trojans have a 26-4-3 record (.833) there. USC is 0-1-1 this season with a tie against UCLA (1-1) on Oct. 8 and a loss (2-4) against Stanford on Oct. 29.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO NOTES -- The University of San Diego is 13-6 on the season and finished in a tie for second with Loyola Marymount and St. Mary's in the West Coast Conference with a 5-2 record. The Toreros had a four-game winning streak, where they recorded four straight shutouts, snapped on Nov. 5 with a 4-0 loss at home to Santa Clara. Junior forward Stephanie Barnier leads the team with 14 goals and 29 points (14-1=29). John Cossaboon is in his fourth season as head coach at USD. He has recorded double digit wins in all four seasons, including last year when the Toreros went 16-5 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
USC VS. USD -- USC is 1-1 all-time against the University of San Diego with both matches taking place in San Diego. The Toreros defeated the Trojans, 6-0, on Oct. 22, 1993, while the Trojans recorded a 3-1 win on Sept. 13, 1994.
COMMON OPPONENTS -- USC and USD has played eight common opponents this season. USC was 4-2-2 against the eight teams while USD was 2-6:USC Opponent USD8/27 W, 2-0 Away UC Irvine 10/23 W, 1-0 Away9/22 W, 1-0 Home Loyola Marymount 10/13 L, 2-3 (OT) Away9/28 T, 1-1 Away BYU 9/15 L, 1-4 Away9/30 W, 4-1 Away Utah 9/17 L, 1-2 Away10/8 T, 1-1 Home UCLA 9/24 L, 0-3 Home10/13 W, 3-0 Home Oregon 8/29 W, 6-1 Home10/18 L, 1-2 Away Santa Clara 11/5 L, 0-4 Home10/27 L, 1-2 (OT) Home California 10/1 L, 0-3 Away
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 (48), assists (39), points (135) and game-winning goals (22). She is currently second on the team in scoring with 23 points (8-7=23), first in assists and second in goals. Harvey scored with one second remaining in the first overtime period in a 1-0 win on Nov. 5 at Arizona State in the Trojans' final regular season match of the season. Currently, she has a three-game goal-scoring streak. On Nov. 3, she scored on a penalty kick for the game-winner in the first half at Arizona (3-1 win) and also added an assist. Harvey recorded a goal and an assist in her final home 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. 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 RECORDS -- This season, 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 39 assists). Last year, she set the school career mark with her 92nd point off a penalty kick goal against Fresno State and set the school record in goals with her 40th tally against Oregon 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 10 goals and 25 points (10-5=25) and currently has a five-game point-scoring streak (4-2=10). She assisted on Isabelle Harvey's game-winning goal with one second remaining in the first overtime in a 1-0 win at Arizona State on Nov. 5. 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 93 shots (Ali Fennell is second with 43 shots). Edwards also is currently in USC's single-season top 10 lists. Her 10 goals places her in a tie with Erin Bailey (1994) and Kim Clark (1998) for sixth place and her 25 points puts her in eighth place.
TAKING A SHOT AT THE RECORD (AND SUCCEEDING) -- Jessica Edwards, with four shots in the final regular-season match on Nov. 5 at Arizona State, set a school record with 93 shots for the season. Edwards surpassed Maggie Merritt, who registered 92 shots in the 1994 season. Just a freshman, Edwards' shot total also places her eighth on USC's career list.
ALMOST PERFECT -- Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Arase (La Canada/La Canada HS) is 9-1-2 this season for the Trojans and has allowed only eight goals this season for a 0.62 goals-against-average. She suffered her first loss as a Trojan on Oct. 20 at No. 3 Washington (1-0) and is now 16-1-2 as a starter at USC. In the Nov. 5 game at Arizona State, she made six saves to record her fifth shutout of the season (seventh career) in a 1-0 overtime win. 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 16 points (7-2=16). 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
2000 USC NUMERICAL POST-SEASON ROSTERNO. NAME POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL/UNIV.) 0 Lauren Arase GK 5-7 So. La Canada (La Canada) 1 Shaelyn Fernandes GK 5-7 Jr. San Jose (Presentation) 2 Susie Mora D 5-6 Sr. Mission Viejo (Santa Margarita) 3 Andrea Warner MF 5-4 Sr. Dana Point (Dana Hills) 4 Jessica Edwards F 5-1 Fr. Mesa, AZ (Dobson) 5 Jennifer Prigmore F 5-4 So. Norman, OK (Norman North) 6 Megan Orach D 5-7 Sr. Huntington Beach (Marina) 7 Megan Abbamonto MF 5-9 Fr. Mission Viejo (Capistrano Valley) 8 Stephanie Scholl D 5-7 So. Torrance (South Torrance) 9 Katie Ticehurst MF 5-6 Sr. Los Alamitos (Mater Dei) 10 Kim Abbamonto D 5-9 So.* Mission Viejo (Capistrano Valley) 11 Isabelle Harvey MF 5-2 Sr.* Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada (Cegep F.X. Garneau) 12 Ali Fennell MF 5-6 So. Santa Ana (Mater Dei) 13 Jackie Fodor F 5-5 So. Winnetka (Chatsworth) 14 Christy Callier F 5-8 Jr. San Diego (University City) 16 Erin Reed D 5-6 Jr. Alamo (San Ramon Valley) 17 Barbara Almaraz MF 5-6 Sr. Ventura (Buena/Ventura JC) 18 Amanda Roach D 5-9 Fr. Upland (Upland) 19 Brittany Savelkoul F 5-9 Jr. Seal Beach (Los Alamitos) 20 Nicole Goza D 5-4 Fr. Walnut Creek (Carondelet) 22 Whitney Cale MF 5-7 Fr. Los Angeles (Marymount) 23 Becky Miller MF 5-3 Fr. Westlake Village (La Reina)