No. 19 USC Completes Home Schedule This Weekend
Oct. 21, 2003
THIS WEEK - The No. 19 USC women's soccer team (6-5-4, 2-1-1) will conclude its 2003 home schedule this week with Pac-10 Conference matches on Friday (Oct. 24) against Arizona (4-7-2, 0-2-1) at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field and Sunday (Oct. 26) against No. 18 Arizona State (8-2-3, 2-0-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be the final regular season home match for three seniors: forward Jessica Edwards, midfielder Megan Abbamonto and defender Amanda Roach.
LAST WEEK - USC split Pac-10 matches on the road with a 1-0 win at California and 2-0 loss at Stanford. Tina Sutorius scored the lone goal in Friday's win at California as head coach Jim Millinder registered his 100th victory at USC. Julie Peterson tied the school record with her 14th career shutout. The Women of Troy allowed a goal late in the first half in Sunday's loss at Stanford and a penalty kick in the second half to complete the scoring.
RANKINGS - USC is ranked No. 19 in the latest Soccer America poll and No. 24 by Soccer Buzz. Arizona State is No. 18 by Soccer Times, No. 20 by Soccer Buzz and No. 25 by Soccer America. Arizona 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. 21 show the Trojans playing four of the top 10 teams in the nation and eight in the top 25: No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Virginia, No. 6 Penn State, No. 8 Florida, No. 12 Santa Clara, No. 15 Washington, No. 18 Arizona State and No. 21 Florida State.
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) with a shutout on Oct. 17 at California tied the USC career mark of 14, held by Laura Badagliacco (1994-97). Peterson has a 1.20 goals-against-average this season and has six 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.
ARIZONA NOTES - Arizona is 4-7-2 on the season and 0-2-1 in Pac-10 play. Head coach Dan Tobias is 4-7-2 in his first season at Arizona. Junior forward Candice Wilks leads the team in goals (six) and points (14). USC leads the all-time series with Arizona by an 8-1 margin and the Women of Troy have won seven straight matches.
ARIZONA STATE NOTES - Arizona State is 8-2-3 on the season and 2-0-1 in Pac-10 play. Head coach Ray Leone is 30-17-6 in his third season at Arizona State. Brittany Cooper leads the team in goals (seven) and points (18). USC leads the all-time series with Arizona State by a 6-1 margin and the Women of Troy has won five straight matches.
CENTURY MARK - USC head coach Jim Millinder earned the 100th win in his eight-year career with the Women of Troy on Oct. 17 in a 1-0 win at No. 21 California.
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.
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