USC Hosts No. 14 Stanford, No. 15 Cal In Key Pac-10 Matches
Oct. 19, 2004
THIS WEEK -- The USC women's soccer team (8-5-1, 2-2) continues Pac-10 Conference play this weekend with two home matches against No. 15 California (8-3-2, 1-1-1) on Friday (Oct. 22) at 3 p.m. and No. 14 Stanford (9-3-2, 1-1-1) on Sunday (Oct. 24) at 1 p.m. Both matches will be at McAlister Field.
RANKINGS -- California is ranked No. 15 by Soccer America, No. 19 by Soccer Buzz and No. 20 by Soccer Times. Stanford is ranked No. 8 by Soccer Buzz, No. 15 by Soccer America and No. 18 by Soccer Times and adidas/NSCAA. USC is not ranked.
WEEKEND RECAP -- USC suffered two losses at No. 7 Washington (2-1 in the second overtime) and Washington State (2-0). In Friday's game at Washington, Tina Frimpong scored with 41 seconds remaining to pull out the victory for the Huskies. UW outshot USC by an 18-7 margin as the Women of Troy remain winless in Seattle in five matches. On Sunday, Washington State completed its sweep of UCLA and USC for the first time ever despite 16 shots by the Women of Troy. The Cougars tallied a goal in each half.
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 6-2-1 this season with a 0.82 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.
CALIFORNIA NOTES -- California is 8-3-2 on the season after losing to Arizona State, 1-0, and defeating Arizona, 1-0, last weekend in Berkeley. Head coach Kevin Boyd is 93-51-12 in his eighth season at Cal. Liz Eisenberg leads the team with eight goals and 19 points (8-3=19). USC leads the all-time series with Cal by a 5-4 margin. The Women of Troy have won five of the last seven meetings with the Golden Bears.
STANFORD NOTES -- Stanford is 9-3-2 on the season after losing to Arizona in overtime, 1-0, and defeating Arizona State, 2-1, last weekend in Stanford. Head coach Paul Ratcliffe is 19-12-3 in his second season at Stanford. Forward Marcie Ward leads the Cardinal with six goals and 13 points (6-1=13). Stanford leads the all-time series with USC by a 7-2-1 margin. The Cardinal has a five-game unbeaten streak against the Trojans with the last USC win coming on Oct. 16, 1998, at the Coliseum (2-1).
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.