Women's Soccer Returns With Flurry Of Action

Sept. 17, 2001

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THIS WEEK - The No. 19 USC women's soccer team (1-2) will play its next three matches in six days. The Trojans added a match to their original schedule and will travel to San Diego for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday (Sept. 18). The match was added after the Sept. 14 game vs. Wake Forest and Sept. 16 game vs. Kentucky were cancelled due to last week's tragic events on the East Coast. USC will return home for matches against UC Irvine on Friday (Sept. 21) at 3 p.m. and Oakland on Sunday (Sept. 23) at 1 p.m., both at McAlister Field.

LAST GAME - The Trojans suffered a 3-2 defeat against No. 4 Nebraska in their home season opener at the Coliseum on Sept. 9. The game got off to a wild start when Kori Saunders scored the first of her two goals for Nebraska in the first minute of play. USC caught a break two minutes later when Husker defender Becky Preston knocked an errant pass into her own goal to tie the game. Saunders scored her second goal in the 19th minute but the Trojans came back when freshman Megan Kakadelas scored in the opening minutes of the second half. USC dominated the second half of play before Kelly Rheem scored the game-winner for the Huskers in the 81st minute of a fierce contest between both squads.

SECOND GAME ADDED - A second match has been added to the Trojans' schedule with USC traveling to St. Mary's on Wednesday (Sept. 26) for a 3 p.m. contest.

RANKINGS - USC is ranked No. 19 in Soccer Times preseason poll and is not ranked in Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and NSCAA.

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 (a school-record 97).

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 every match of her career at USC and has 32 career points (13-6=32).

FRESHMAN FORWARDS - Along with the talented Jessica Edwards up front, the Women of Troy have also received strong production from freshman forwards Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) and Megan Kakadelas (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS). Cross, who redshirted last season for the Trojans after injuring her knee in the preseason, scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 3 in a 1-0 win against Tennessee. Kakadelas recorded her first goal as a Trojan on Sept. 9 against No. 4 Nebraska to tie the game at 2-2 before the Huskers scored with 10 minutes remaining for the 3-2 win.

SAN DIEGO NOTES - San Diego is 4-0 on the season after a 2-0 win against Arkansas on Sept. 7 and a 3-2 overtime win against Baylor on Sept. 9. San Diego returned 10 starters from last year's squad that went 13-7 on the season and lost to USC, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Coliseum. Stephanie Barnier, Casey Loveland and Gina Poltl lead the Toreros with two goals each in the 2001 season. Head Coach John Cossaboon is in his fifth season at San Diego.

UC IRVINE NOTES - UC Irvine is 3-1 on the season. The Anteaters are coming off wins at the Nike/UCI Tournament against Stony Brook (2-0) on Sept. 7 and Northern Arizona (1-0) on Sept. 9. UCI returns 10 starters from last year's squad that went 10-7-2. Sophomore Hayley McNallan scored all three goals against Stony Brook and Northern Arizona. Head Coach Marine Cano is in his eighth year at UC Irvine and has an 82-46-17 record.

OAKLAND NOTES - Oakland is 4-1 on the season after recording a 2-0 win at Purdue on Monday. The Grizzlies, located in Rochester, Mich., and members of the Mid-Continent Conference, return eight starters from a squad that finished 12-5-1 last year. Midfielder Anita Rapp has four goals on the season and played for Norway at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia while forward Ashley McGhee leads the team with five goals. Head Coach Nick O'Shea is in his eighth year at Oakland and has a 91-29-5 record.

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 26-5-3 record (.809).

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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