USC Wraps Up Nonconference Schedule With Two Road Games

Sept. 21, 2004

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THIS WEEK -- The USC women's soccer team (4-3-1) will complete its 2004 nonconference schedule with two road games at St. Mary's (7-2) on Friday (Sept. 24) at 3 p.m. and UC Irvine (3-4-1) on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 1 p.m.

RANKINGS -- USC, St. Mary's and UC Irvine are not ranked.

WEEKEND RECAP -- USC played to a 1-1 tie at home on Sept. 16 against BYU and recorded a 2-0 shutout on Sept. 19 at San Diego. In the BYU match, Rosa Anna Tantillo tallied her sixth goal of the season to tie the game in the 79th minute as redshirt freshman goalie Veronica Simonton recorded her first collegiate start. The Women of Troy outshot the Cougars by a 16-5 margin. Simonton did not record a save on Sunday, but still earned her first collegiate shutout against the Toreros. Senior Shannon Cross opened the scoring in the 65th minute at San Diego, followed by a last-second goal by sophomore Tracy Lansing. USC dominated again with a 17-5 advantage in shots.

NO SOPHOMORE JINX -- Sophomore midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo (San Diego/La Jolla HS) earned 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors after leading the team in goals (seven), points (16) and game-winning goals (three). This season, she leads the team with six goals and 15 points (6-3=15). On Sept. 5 against Rutgers, she scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in USC's 3-2 win. Tantillo added her second two-goal effort in as many games in a 4-1 win on Sept. 10 against Mississippi State. She registered a five-point game with two goals and an assist in a 3-0 upset win last year on Sept. 26 at No. 18 Santa Clara.

SUDDEN IMPACT -- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Veronica Simonton (Chino Hills/Ayala HS) started the season as the backup goalie to senior Julie Peterson, but is making a push to be the team's starter. Simonton made her first career start on Sept. 16 in a 1-1 tie against BYU and recorded her first shutout on Sept. 19 in a 2-0 win at San Diego. She is 2-0-1 this season with a 0.54 goals-against-average.

BANNER YEAR -- After only six games, junior forward Tina Sutorius (Pleasanton/Amador Valley HS) is close to having a career season. She is tied for second on the team in points (2-3=7) after posting career marks last year for goals (three) and points (seven).

ST. MARY'S NOTES -- St. Mary's is 7-2 on the season after a 3-2 overtime win against Stephen F. Austin and a 3-0 loss against SMU last weekend. Head coach Paul Sapsford is 15-10-3 in his second season at St. Mary's. Genevieve Hollis leads the team with six goals and 14 points (6-2=14). USC is 1-0-1 all-time against St. Mary's. The Women of Troy defeated the Gaels, 3-2, on Sept. 19 last year at McAlister Field. Both teams played to a scoreless tie on Sept. 26, 2001, in Moraga.

UC IRVINE NOTES -- UC Irvine is 3-4-1 on the season after a 3-0 loss at No. 14 Texas A&M and a 2-1 loss at Baylor last weekend. Head coach Marine Cano is 107-74-25 in his 11th season at UC Irvine. Lauryn Birkinshaw leads the team with three goals. USC is 7-1-2 all-time against UC Irvine. The Women of Troy have not lost to UC Irvine since their first meeting on Oct. 16, 1994.

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. The team split games between McAlister Field and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before playing exclusively at McAlister Field, located on the corner of 30th and Hoover, prior to the 2002 season. USC boasts a 22-8-5 (.700) record at McAlister Field.

LAST SEASON -- In 2003, the Women of Troy went 9-8-4 overall and tied for third in Pac-10 play with a 5-3-1 record. The Trojans made their sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Pepperdine (1-0) in the first round at UCLA.

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