Women's Soccer Opens Pac-10 With 3-2 Win

Oct. 12, 2001

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LOS ANGELES - For the second straight game, freshman forward Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) scored the game-winner on a penalty kick Friday as the No. 22 USC Trojans defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 3-2, in the Pac-10 Conference season opener for both teams at McAlister Field. The win was the 100th for the program since its inception in 1993 and increases the Women of Troy's current unbeaten streak to six games.

USC improved to 6-3-1 (1-0 in the Pac-10) on the season while Arizona State falls to 6-5 (0-1 in the Pac-10).

Cross scored the penalty kick at 81:45 after junior forward Jackie Fodor was taken down in the penalty box. Arizona State had tied the game three minutes earlier on a broken play when Patrice Feulner lifted a shot from 10 yards over goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes' head.

The Sun Devils took the initial lead on Stacey Tullock's fifth goal of the season at 16:50. She received a pass from Feulner, got around Fernandes from 25 yards out and knocked the ball into the empty net. The Trojans would answer quickly at 18:17 when senior Brittany Savelkoul (Seal Beach/Los Alamitos HS) knocked in a loose ball in traffic. It was her third goal of the season, a career-high.

USC took the 2-1 lead into halftime at 29:42 when freshman Ashley Casas (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley) recorded her first goal as a Trojan. On a free kick by Ali Fennell, the ball bounced off a Sun Devil defender to sophomore defender Amanda Roach. Roach pushed a short pass to Casas for the shot.

During the action on Casas' goal, ASU goalkeeper Kristin Slater received a cut over her eye and was replaced by Kelly Fitzgerald.

The Trojans dominated in the first half, outshooting the Sun Devils by a 13-2 margin. USC finished with a 20-9 advantage.

USC will continue Pac-10 action on Sunday (Oct. 14) against Arizona at 1 p.m. at McAlister Field.

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