No. 18 Women Of Troy Travel To Bay Area For Pac-10 Matches
Oct. 14, 2003
THIS WEEK - The No. 18 USC women's soccer team (5-4-4, 1-0-1) continues Pac-10 Conference play this week at No. 21 California (6-3-3, 1-1-0) on Friday (Oct. 17) at 3:30 p.m. and Stanford (6-6-1, 1-1-0) on Sunday (Oct. 19) at 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK - USC opened Pac-10 Conference play at home with a 1-1 tie against No. 10 Washington and 1-0 win against Washington State. Freshman Tracy Lansing scored her first goal as a Trojan against the Huskies while freshman Rosa Anna Tantillo registered the game-winner against the Cougars with her sixth of the season.
RANKINGS - USC is ranked No. 18 in the latest Soccer America poll and No. 22 by Soccer Times. California is ranked No. 21 by Soccer Times and No. 23 by Soccer Buzz. Stanford is not ranked.
NOT AN EASY SCHEDULE - The Women of Troy's schedule is among the toughest in the nation with 10 games against opponents that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament, including runner-up Santa Clara. The latest Soccer Times rankings as of Oct. 14 show the Trojans playing three of the top 10 teams in the nation and nine in the top 25: No. 3 UCLA, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 Penn State, No. 12 Washington, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 17 Santa Clara, No. 21 California, No. 24 Florida State and No. 25 BYU.
Rosa Anna Tantillo - Freshman midfielder/forward Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego/La Jolla HS) is the top player for the 2003 USC freshman class of 10 players, the largest in the program's history. She leads the team in goals (six) and points (14). Tantillo had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 Pac-10 Conference win on Oct. 11 against Washington State. On Sept. 26 at No.13 Santa Clara, she scored two goals and added an assist in the Trojans' 3-0 upset to earn Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors. Tantillo scored twice in a 4-3 loss at Florida on Aug. 31 and added an assist on Sept. 7 in a 2-1 win at Michigan.
Megan Abbamonto - Senior midfielder Megan Abbamonto (Mission Viejo/Capistrano Valley HS) is one of the team's leaders in 2003 after earning All-Pac-10 second team honors last season, the second time she has earned the distinction in her career. She missed the final six games of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Nov. 1 against Oregon State, but is healthy now.
Jessica Edwards - Senior forward Jessica Edwards (Mesa, AZ/Dobson HS) looks to climb up the school career top 10 scoring lists. She has registered 56 career points (22-12=56) and has 10 points (4-2=10) this season, but will be out indefinitely after a right leg injury suffered on Sept. 28 against Loyola Marymount. She needs two points to tie Ali Fennell (1999-2002) for fourth place on the career list. On Sept. 7, Edwards scored two goals in a 2-1 win at Michigan. Edwards earned All-Pac-10 second team and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-West Region first team honors in her 2000 freshman season after leading the team in goals (11), points (29), game-winning goals (4) and a school-record shots (97).
SHUTTING OUT THE COMPETITION - Junior goalkeeper Julie Peterson (Mission Viejo/Santa Margarita HS) is one shutout away from tying the USC career mark of 14, held by Laura Badagliacco (1994-97). Peterson has a 1.22 goals-against-average this season and has five shutouts. Last year, she turned in one of the best seasons ever for a USC goalkeeper last year, setting school records for most shutouts (eight) and shutouts in consecutive matches (three). Her streak of three straight shutouts included matches vs. No. 5 Penn State and No. 2 Virginia.
CALIFORNIA NOTES - California is 6-3-3 on the season and 1-1 in Pac-10 Conference play. Head coach Kevin Boyd is 84-43-9 in his seventh season at California. Kimberly Yokers and Kassie Doubrava lead the Golden Bears with three goals each. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 4-4 each.
STANFORD NOTES - Stanford is 6-6-1 on the season and 1-1 in Pac-10 Conference play. Head coach Paul Ratcliffe is 6-6-1 in his first season at Stanford. Allyson Marquand leads the Cardinal in goals (six) and points (13). Stanford leads the all-time series against USC by a 6-2-1 margin. The Women of Troy have not beaten the Cardinal since a 2-1 win on Oct. 16, 1998, at McAlister Field.
CENTURY MARK - USC head coach Jim Millinder needs one win for his 100th in his eight-year career with the Women of Troy.
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 20-6-4 (.733) record at McAlister Field.
LAST SEASON - In 2002, the Women of Troy went 11-8-3 overall and placed fourth in Pac-10 play with a 5-4-0 record. The Trojans made their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to UCLA (1-0) in double overtime in the second round.