USC Looks For Rivalry Win Against No. 11 UCLA At Home

Nov. 2, 2004

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LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's soccer team (9-8-1, 3-5) concludes the 2004 regular season with a rivalry match against No. 11 UCLA (12-6, 5-3) in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday (Nov. 7) at McAlister Field. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net. Five points in the Lexus Gauntlet series, the year-long competition between USC and UCLA, will also be up for grabs.

NCAA TOURNAMENT -- A win this weekend against UCLA could secure a spot for the Women of Troy in the NCAA Tournament. USC has made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The 64-team Division I Women's Soccer Championship bracket will be announced live on ESPNEWS approximately between 1-2 p.m. Pacific on Monday (Nov. 8). ESPNEWS is available on local cable systems, as well as by satellite on DirecTV (Channel 207) and Dish Network (Channel 142).

RANKINGS -- UCLA is ranked No. 10 by Soccer Times, No. 11 by Soccer America and No. 17 by Soccer Buzz. USC is not ranked.

WEEKEND RECAP -- USC lost two Pac-10 matches on the road at Arizona (0-3) and Arizona State (0-1). It was the first time that USC lost two straight matches to Arizona and Sunday's loss at ASU snapped the Women of Troy's six-game winning streak against the Sun Devils.

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.

UCLA NOTES -- UCLA is 12-6 on the season after a road split last weekend with a 1-0 win at Arizona State and 1-0 loss at Arizona. Head coach Jillian Ellis is 104-24-5 in her sixth season at UCLA. The Bruins have allowed only 14 goals this season. Bristyn Davis leads the team with 11 goals and 27 points (11-5=27). UCLA leads the all-time series with USC by a 12-2-1 margin. The Bruins are unbeaten in the last seven meetings against the Trojans with the last USC win coming on Nov. 1, 1998, (5-4 win at the Coliseum).

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.