Women's Soccer Closes Out Regular Season With Two Key Games
Nov. 6, 2001
THIS WEEK - The USC women's soccer team (10-5-1, 5-2 Pac-10) will conclude its 2001 regular season with Pac-10 matches this weekend at Stanford (13-2-1, 6-1) on Friday (Nov. 9) at 7:30 p.m. and California (11-5-2, 5-2) on Sunday (Nov. 11) at 11:30 a.m. Both games have postseason implications for the Trojans, who are tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference with Washington (one game behind first-place Stanford and UCLA).
WEEKEND AT BERKELEY - This weekend's game at California will represent a unique opportunity for Trojan fans. Four USC teams will be playing in Berkeley in a 48-hour span. Besides the USC women's soccer team, the women's volleyball team will be playing at 7 p.m. on Friday, the men's water polo team plays at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the football game at Memorial Stadium at 12:30 p.m..
LAST WEEK - The Trojans split home matches with a 1-0 win against Washington State and a 3-0 loss against No. 15 Washington. Freshman Megan Kakadelas scored the lone goal in Friday's win against Washington State. She scored at 8:44 off a feed from junior Stephanie Scholl. Kakadelas made a break and scored from 20 yards out. Senior Shaelyn Fernandes recorded her school-record third straight shutout and sixth of the season. Washington scored late in the first half Sunday and added two more late in the second half in the win against USC. The Huskies outshot the Trojans, 18-15, in recording their first win in four tries in Los Angeles, snapping USC's three-game winning streak.
CLAMPING DOWN - The Trojans had allowed only two goals in five games and six in their last nine prior to giving up three goals in a 3-0 loss against No. 15 Washington on Nov. 4 at McAlister Field.
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.
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 39 career points (15-9=39).
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 9-5-1 record with a 1.01 goals-against-average. She has allowed 15 goals in 2001, recorded six shutouts and made 71 saves.
SHUTOUTS BY SHAELYN - Shaelyn Fernandes (San Jose/Presentation HS) has recorded six shutouts this season (Sept. 3 vs. Tennessee, Sept. 26 at St. Mary's, Sept. 30 at Loyola Marymount, Oct. 26 at Oregon State, Oct. 28 at Oregon and Nov. 2 vs. Washington State). She now has 12 career shutouts and is second on USC's all-time list. Laura Badagliacco (1994-97) holds the school record with 14 shutouts. Her six shutouts on the season ties a school record, held by Badagliacco (1994) and Karin Puccinelli (1998). Her three straight shutouts from Oct. 26-Nov. 2 also set a school record.
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).
KAITLYN PRUETT - Freshman Kaitlyn Pruett (Encinitas/La Costa Canyon HS) has compiled a season worthy of Freshman All-American consideration. After an ankle injury knocked out sophomore and team co-captain Nikki Goza for the season, Pruett was pushed into the middle back spot of the Trojans' backfield. She has started in every game this season and has one assist (Sept. 3 vs. Tennessee).
BRITTANY SAVELKOUL - Senior Brittany Savelkoul (Seal Beach/Los Alamitos HS) is having her best season at USC. Savelkoul has career highs this season with four goals and nine points (4-1=9). She recorded goals on Sept. 21 vs. UC Irvine, Oct. 7 at San Diego State, Oct. 12 vs. Arizona State and Oct. 21 at UCLA. She is tied for the team lead in goals with Shannon Cross.
CROSS OUT FOR THE SEASON - Freshman forward Shannon Cross (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) was the team's leading scorer with 10 points (4-2=10) before suffering a torn medial meniscus in her right knee in the Oct. 21 game at UCLA. There is a slight chance that she could return if the Trojans make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, but more than likely she is lost for the season. 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.
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.
MIRACLE ON THE FIELD - The fact that freshman Kelly Blais is even in the Trojans' lineup is a story in itself. In May, Blais was hospitalized with a bout of bacterial meningitis, an infection of the membranes enclosing the brain and spinal cord. In fact, doctors stated Kelly would have died that morning if her mother, Judy, had not woken her up. She spent a week in intensive care and was temporaily paralyzed, but in miraculous fashion, she recovered and was participating in USC practices just two months later. She has played in every match this season with 10 starts, including the team's last eight matches.
STANFORD NOTES - Stanford is 13-2-1 overall and 6-1 in Pac-10 Conference play, tied for first with UCLA. The Cardinal suffered its only conference loss last weekend, 1-0 at Arizona State in overtime, and defeated Arizona, 5-0. Stanford returned eight starters from a squad that went 14-6-1 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior forward Marcia Wallis and sophomore forward Marcie Ward lead the team with 28 points each. Wallis has 11 goals and six assists while Ward has nine goals and 10 assists. Head Coach Andy Nelson is in his second season at Stanford with a 27-8-2 record. Stanford leads the all-time series with USC by a 5-2 margin.
CALIFORNIA NOTES - California is 11-5-2 overall and 3-3-1 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Golden Bears are coming off a 2-1 overtime win at Arizona and 1-1 tie at Arizona State last weekend. California returned seven starters from a squad that went 17-3-1 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior All-American Laura Schott leads the team with 14 goals and 31 points (14-3=31) while goalkeeper Mallory Moser is 11-4-2 with a 1.00 GAA. Head Coach Kevin Boyd is in his fifth season at California with a 65-30-5 record. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 3-3.
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 13-4 (.765) 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.