Late Goal Ends Season For Women's Soccer

Nov. 16, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Janelle Hillseth scored at 82:38 as the Pepperdine Waves defeated the USC Trojans, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Drake Stadium on the campus of UCLA. Hillseth scored on a wide open net off a cross from Ali Pavoni from the right side.

With the loss, USC finishes the 2001 season with a 10-7-2 record. It is the first time in four years that the Trojans have not reached the second round of the tournament (this was the first year that the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams).

Pepperdine outshot USC by a 9-8 margin as both teams looked sluggish with the 11 a.m. start.

'We didn't have any legs today and we just didn't play well,' said USC Head Coach Jim Millinder. 'It's disappointing, but we made a lot of improvement this season. We were undermanned today and some kids played more minutes than they are used to playing.'

The Trojans were without starters Nikki Goza, Kim Abbamonto, Shannon Cross, Megan Kakadelas and Kaitlyn Pruett.

Senior Shaelyn Fernandes made two saves in goal as she and four other players (Brittany Savelkoul, Liane Nakano, Erin Reed and Christy Callier) played in the final game of their careers.

'This is an emotional time for me,' said Fernandes. 'I realized since the Cal game that my career was winding down. I had different emotions before this game than I ever had in my career.'

'We just didn't pull through today,' said Savelkoul. 'It was a big disappointment for us. It was shocking that it ended the way it did.'

The Trojans finished in fourth place in the Pac-10 Conference this season with a 5-3-1 record. Kakadelas was named as Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, the first time a Trojan has earned the award. Kakadelas earned second team All-Pac-10 honors, along with sophomore midfielder Megan Abbamonto.

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