Women's Soccer Battles No. 2 UCLA In Pac-10 Showdown

Oct. 16, 2001

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THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (7-3-1, 2-0 Pac-10) will face its cross-town rival No. 2 UCLA (11-0-0, 2-0) on Sunday (Oct. 21) at Drake Stadium at 1 p.m. The winner of the match will also give five points to its school for the Lexus Gauntlet, the head-to-head competition between USC and UCLA created this year. The Trojans have a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) dating back to Sept. 21 after beginning the season with a 1-3 record.

LAST WEEK - The Trojans began Pac-10 Conference play with home wins against Arizona State and Arizona. USC defeated Arizona State, 3-2, as Shannon Cross scored the game-winner on a penalty kick at 81:45. The Women of Troy rallied from a 1-0 deficit with goals by Brittany Savelkoul and Ashley Casas in the first half. The sweep was completed with a 2-0 decision against Arizona as Megan Kakadelas and Kelly Blais scored in the first 11 minutes of the match. Goalkeepers Shaelyn Fernandes and Julie Peterson each played a half and faced only three shots as USC peppered Arizona with 18 shots.

SITE CHANGE - The Nov. 4 game against Washington have been moved to McAlister Field after originally being scheduled at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

CENTURY CITY - The Oct. 12 win against Arizona State was the 100th win in USC history since its inception in 1993. Since his arrival in 1996, Head Coach Jim Millinder has guided his teams to at least 14 wins in all five seasons.

JESSICA EDWARDS - Sophomore All-America candidate Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) looks to improve on an outstanding freshman campaign and has five points (2-1=5) on the season. Edwards scored the 'golden goal' at 103:51 in a 3-2 overtime victory at home on Sept. 21 against UC Irvine and the first goal on Sept. 23 in a 3-1 win against Oakland. She earned All-Pac-10 Conference second team and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-West Region first team honors last year after leading 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 37 career points (14-9=37).

SHANNON CROSS - Along with the talented Jessica Edwards up front, the Women of Troy have also received strong production from freshman forward Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS), who leads the team with four goals and 10 points (4-2=10). Cross, who redshirted last season for the Trojans after injuring her knee in the preseason, scored back-to-back game-winners on penalty kicks on Oct. 7 at San Diego State (2-1) and Oct. 12 vs. Arizona State (3-2). She also scored the game-winning goal on Sept. 3 in a 1-0 win against Tennessee. Cross recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win on Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount.

SHAELYN FERNANDES - Senior goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has made nine starts this season in goal for the Women of Troy. She has a 6-3-1 record with a 1.02 goals-against-average. She has allowed 10 goals in 2001, recorded three shutouts and made 41 saves.

SHUTOUTS BY SHAELYN - Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has recorded three shutouts this season (Sept. 3 vs. Tennessee, Sept. 26 at St. Mary's and Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount). She now has nine career shutouts and is tied for second with Karin Puccinelli (1995-98) on USC's all-time list. Laura Badagliacco (1994-97) holds the school record with 14 shutouts.

FIRST GOAL - Freshman midfielder Lindsey Green (Redondo Beach/Redondo Union HS) scored her first goal as a Trojan, the game-winning goal, on Sept. 23 in a 3-1 win against Oakland at McAlister Field. Freshman midfielder/forward Ashley Casas (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS) tallied her first career goal on Oct. 12 in a 3-2 win against Arizona State while freshman midfielder Kelly Blais (Redondo Beach/Mira Costa HS) scored off a corner kick on Oct. 14 in a 2-0 decision over Arizona.

UCLA NOTES - UCLA is 11-0 on the season after home wins against Arizona (2-0) and Arizona State (3-2). The Bruins have allowed only four goals this season and return eight starters from last year's squad that lost to North Carolina in the NCAA championship match. Senior forward Stephanie Rigamat leads the team with 10 goals this season while senior midfielder Mary-Frances Monroe, a transfer from Connecticut, has eight goals. Goalkeeper CiCi Peterson has a 0.31 goals-against-average. UCLA leads the all-time series against USC with an 8-2-1 record as the Bruins have never lost at home in six tries against the Trojans. Head Coach Jillian Ellis is in her third season at UCLA.

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 12-3 (.800) 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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