Final Pac-10 Road Games For USC At No. 18 Arizona, Arizona State

Oct. 26, 2004

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LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's soccer team (9-6-1, 3-3) continues Pac-10 Conference play this weekend on the road at No. 18 Arizona (12-4, 3-2) on Friday (Oct. 29) at 7 p.m. and Arizona State (7-7-1, 3-1-1) on Sunday (Oct. 31) at 1 p.m. The Pac-10 Conference race is perhaps the most competitive in recent years with nine teams separated by just a game and a half.

RANKINGS -- Arizona is ranked No. 18 by Soccer America. USC and Arizona State are not ranked.

WEEKEND RECAP -- USC split two Pac-10 home matches with a 2-1 overtime win against No. 15 California and a 1-0 loss against No. 14 Stanford. Junior defender Jocelyn Leche recorded the golden goal in Friday's win with 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime period for the Women of Troy.

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 nine goals and 21 points (9-3=21). 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.

BANNER YEARS -- 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. Sophomore Tracy Lansing (Sherman Oaks/Harvard-Westlake HS) is also having a strong season for the Trojans. This season, she has a career-high four goals including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win on Oct. 10 against Oregon State.

ARIZONA NOTES -- Arizona is 12-4 on the season after a 1-0 loss against Arizona State last weekend. Head coach Dan Tobias 18-15-2 in his second season at Arizona. Mallory Miller leads the team with five goals and 18 points (5-8=18). USC is 8-2 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats snapped the Trojans' seven-game win streak with a 1-0 victory last year at McAlister Field.

ARIZONA STATE NOTES -- Arizona State is 7-7-1 on the season after a 1-0 win over Arizona last weekend. Head coach Ray Leone is 42-27-7 in his fourth season at Arizona State. Brittany Cooper, Katie Leahy and Elizabeth Bogus lead the team with 13 points each. USC is 7-1 all-time against Arizona State and has won the last six straight 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 25-9-5 (.705) 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.