Women Of Troy Open Pac-10 Season At Home

Oct. 5, 2004

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THIS WEEK -- The USC women's soccer team (6-3-1) begins Pac-10 Conference play this weekend with home matches against Oregon (3-6-1) on Friday (Oct. 8) at 3 p.m. and Oregon State (6-5-0) on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 1 p.m.

RANKINGS -- USC, Oregon and Oregon State are not ranked.

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 eight goals and 19 points (8-3=19). Tantillo has recorded goals in three of the last four games. 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 and registered game-winning goals in back-to-back games on Sept. 24 at St. Mary's and Sept. 26 at UC Irvine. 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 has assumed the role as the team's starter. Simonton made her first career start on Sept. 10 in a 4-1 win against Mississippi State and recorded her first shutout on Sept. 19 in a 2-0 win at San Diego. She is 4-0-1 this season with a 0.70 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).

OREGON NOTES -- Oregon is 3-6-1 on the season after a 1-0 overtime victory on Sunday against Gonzaga. Head coach Bill Steffen is 49-100-12 in his ninth season at Oregon. The Ducks offer balanced scoring as four different players have two goals each. USC is 8-0 all-time against Oregon.

OREGON STATE NOTES -- Oregon State is 6-5 on the season after a 1-0 win at home on Friday against Gonzaga and a 1-0 loss at home against Portland State on Wednesday. Head coach Steve Fennah is 52-69-7 in his seventh season at Oregon State. Forward Jodie Taylor leads the Beavers with 10 goals and 22 points (10-1=22). The Women of Troy is 9-2 all-time against the Beavers and have won the last nine straight meetings, dating back to the 1995 season.

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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