USC Makes Back-To-Back Trips To NCAA Tournament

Nov. 6, 2006

The USC women's soccer team has secured its second straight trip to the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament, earning a spot in the 64-team field with a trip to Santa Clara for the first round. The Women of Troy (10-4-5) will square off against the host top-seeded Broncos (15-4-1) at 4 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 10). The winner of that match will move on to the second round against either Stanford or Nevada.

The Trojans carry a 10-4-5 overall record into this year's NCAA Tournament, having been bogged down by a number of ties and overtime action throughout the season. USC recorded its 10th win of the year last weekend in a rainy 3-1 comeback win at Oregon State. The Trojans are one of four Pac-10 teams in the tournament this year, joined by conference champion UCLA, third-place Stanford and sixth-place California. The Trojans' only Pac-10 losses came to first-place UCLA and second-place Oregon, while they played to scoreless overtime ties with Stanford, California, Arizona and Washington State.

USC is led this season in scoring by senior midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo, who scored her 25th career goal last weekend against Oregon to hold onto five goals this year and 19 total points. Junior forward Lauren Brown is next with four goals and four assists. Defensively, USC strung together six straight shutouts to set a program record earlier this year. The Trojans have since recorded another program record of 13 total shutouts this season, with junior goalkeeper Veronica Simonton holding onto 10 solo shutouts this year.

USC is 2-1 all-time against Santa Clara, having won 3-0 in their last clash at Santa Clara in 2003.

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