USC Travels To No. 7 Washington And Washington State This Weekend

Oct. 12, 2004

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THIS WEEK -- The USC women's soccer team (8-3-1, 2-0) continues Pac-10 Conference play this weekend at No. 7 Washington (9-2-1, 0-1-1) on Friday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. and Washington State (5-5-2, 0-2) on Sunday (Oct. 17) at noon. The Women of Troy have a five-game winning streak which is the longest streak since USC opened the 2000 season with five straight wins. USC also has a six-game unbeaten streak and is 7-1-1 in its last nine games.

RANKINGS -- Washington is ranked No. 7 by Soccer America, No. 9 by Soccer Times and No. 13 by Soccer Buzz. USC and Washington 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 registered back-to-back shutouts on Oct. 8 vs. Oregon in a 2-0 win and Oct. 10 in a 1-0 victory over Oregon State. She is 6-0-1 this season with a 0.52 goals-against-average.

BANNER YEAR -- After only six games, junior forward Tina Sutorius (Pleasanton/Amador Valley HS) is having a career season. She is second on the team in points (3-5=11) after posting career marks last year for goals (three) and points (seven). Sutorius registered a goal and an assists in a 2-0 win on Oct. 8 against Oregon.

WASHINGTON NOTES -- Washington is 9-2-1 on the season after a 3-3 tie last weekend at Arizona State and 3-1 loss at Arizona. Head coach Lesle Gallimore is 122-76-14 in her 11th season at Washington. Senior forward Tina Frimpong, who was last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year, leads the team with seven goals and 15 points (7-1=15). Washington leads USC all-time by a 5-4-1 margin with the Huskies riding a four-game unbeaten streak against the Women of Troy. USC is 0-4 all-time in Seattle.

WASHINGTON STATE NOTES -- Washington State is 5-5-2 on the season after a 3-1 loss last weekend at Arizona and 2-1 overtime loss at Arizona State. Head coach Matt Potter is 11-16-4 in his second season at Washington State. The Cougars are lead by Alix Rustrum who leads the team with six goals. USC leads the all-time series with Washington State by a 7-2 margin. The Women of Troy have won four of the last five meetings.

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 24-8-5 (.716) 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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