Women's Soccer Travels To BYU For 2001 Season Opener

Aug. 28, 2001

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THIS WEEK -- The No. 19 USC women's soccer team will open the 2001 season at No. 13 BYU on Friday (Aug. 31) at 7 p.m. The Women of Troy will remain in Provo to face Tennessee on Monday (Sept. 3) at 12 p.m.

RANKINGS -- USC is ranked No. 19 in the NSCAA and Soccer Times preseason polls and is not ranked in Soccer America and Soccer Buzz. BYU is ranked No. 13 by the NSCAA and No. 16 by Soccer Times. Tennessee is not ranked.

JESSICA EDWARDS -- Sophomore All-America candidate Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) looks to improve on an outstanding freshman campaign. Edwards, who earned All-Pac-10 Conference second team and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-West Region first team honors last year, led the team in goals (11), points (29), game-winning goals (4) and shots (97). She set a school record with 97 shots during the season and had a six-game point-scoring streak from Oct. 22-Nov. 8, 2000 (5-3=13).

ALI FENNELL -- Junior Ali Fennell (Santa Ana/Mater Dei HS) is one of the top flank players for the Women of Troy after garnering All-Pac-10 second team honors in her first two seasons. Fennell has started in every match at USC and has 32 points in her career (13-6=32).

BYU NOTES -- BYU, ranked No. 13 in the nation, returns 10 letterwinners from a squad that went 19-4-1 last year and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Midfielder Aleisha Cramer, who has played several games with the United States National Team, registered 27 points last year for the Cougars (7-13=27). Head Coach Jennifer Rockwood is in her sixth season at BYU. USC is 2-0-1 against BYU. The teams played to a 1-1 tie last year in Provo on Sept. 28.

TENNESSEE NOTES -- Tennessee returns 13 letterwinners from a squad that went 12-8-0 last season and finished second in the Southeastern Conference (East Division) with a 7-2 mark. Forward Rhian Wilkinson, last year's SEC Freshman of the Year, led the squad in goals (12), assists (nine), points (33), shots (83) and game-winning goals (four). Angela Kelly, who served for four years previously as an assistant coach at Tennessee, enters her second season as head coach for the Lady Vols. This is the first meeting ever between USC and Tennessee.

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. McAlister Field, located on the corner of 30th and Hoover just north of the USC campus, is the permanent home for the team. USC boasts an 8-3 (.727) record at McAlister Field.

THE COLISEUM -- The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is one of the greatest and largest stadiums in America, serving as the site for the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. The USC women's soccer team has utilized the Coliseum for selected home games, including postseason matches. In five seasons of play at the Coliseum, the Trojans have a 26-4-3 record (.833).

LAST SEASON -- In 2000, the Women of Troy went 14-6-2 overall and placed fifth in Pac-10 play with a 5-3-1 record. The Trojans made their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing 3-0 at UCLA in the second round. It was the fifth straight season that USC won at least 14 games.

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