Women's Soccer Hits The Oregon Trail This Weekend

Oct. 23, 2001

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THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (7-4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) will continue conference play with road games at Oregon State (7-6-1, 0-4) on Friday (Oct. 26) at 3 p.m. and Oregon (7-5-1, 1-3) on Sunday (Oct. 28) at 1 p.m. The Women of Troy are 6-2 all-time against Oregon State, winning the last six meetings, and 5-0 against Oregon.

LAST WEEK - The Trojans suffered a 2-1 setback at No. 2 UCLA on Oct. 21, snapping a seven-game unbeaten streak. USC scored early at 5:04 on a breakaway goal by Brittany Savelkoul, but could not hold on as the Bruins answered with a goal in the first half and the game-winner at 62:16. The Bruins improved to a perfect 7-0 at home against the Trojans.

SITE CHANGE - The Nov. 4 game against Washington has 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 the program's 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.

SHANNON CROSS - Along with the talented Jessica Edwards up front, the Women of Troy also have received strong production from freshman forward Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS), who leads the team with 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.

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).

JESSICA EDWARDS - Sophomore Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) 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).

SHAELYN FERNANDES - Senior goalkeeper Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has made 11 starts this season in goal for the Women of Troy. She has a 6-4-1 record with a 1.11 goals-against-average. She has allowed 12 goals in 2001, recorded three shutouts and made 44 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.

OREGON STATE NOTES - Oregon State is 7-6-1 on the season and 0-4 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Beavers are in the midst of a five-game losing streak after a 1-0 loss at Arizona State and 2-1 overtime loss at Arizona last weekend. OSU returned seven starters from last year's team that went 6-13-2. Junior midfielder Katie Henderson leads the team with six goals and 16 points (6-4=16). Head Coach Steve Fennah is in his third season at Oregon State.

OREGON NOTES - Oregon is 7-5-1 on the season and 1-3 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Ducks won 3-2 in overtime at Arizona State last weekend to snap a three-game losing streak. Oregon returned nine starters from last year's squad that finished 4-15-1. Senior midfielder/forward Chalise Baysa leads the team with seven goals and 18 points (7-4=18). Head Coach Bill Steffen is in his sixth year at Oregon.

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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