Janessa Currier and Rosa Anna Tantillo Earn Regional Awards

Dec. 12, 2006

Following its second straight trip to the NCAA Second Round, the USC women's soccer team has had two players honored with SoccerBuzz West Region awards. Senior midfielder Rosa Anna Tantillo has earned back-to-back spots on the Second Team, and is joined this season by sophomore defender Janessa Currier for her first regional honor.

Tantillo finished off her USC career as the team's top scorer, generating a team-high five goals and nine assists for a grand total of 19 points. She also led the Pac-10 in assists and assists per game (0.47) on the year. Tantillo closes out her time at Troy with her name sitting solidly on several USC career charts as well, moving up this season to rank No. 3 all-time in career assists (25) and No. 4 in career goals with 25. Her first goal vs. UNLV on Sept. 17 marked the senior's 12th career game-winning goal to rank her No. 2 all-time. And on the points chart, Tantillo's team-high 19 points ballooned her career total to 75 to hold her at No. 4 in career points.

Currier helped solidify her place alongside Tantillo on the SoccerBuzz West Region Second Team by playing a large role in USC's powerful 2006 defense. With Currier in the back line, USC posted a program-record 14 shutouts - including that monumental victory over Santa Clara in the NCAA First Round - and had the best mark in the Pac-10 with just 13 goals allowed in the year. Currier helped the Trojans to a top-10 ranking in the nation for team shutout percentage, and to a stifling 0.58 goals-against average. She was named to the SoccerBuzz Elite Team of the Week once this year and was named to Notre Dame's Inn at Saint Mary's Classic All-Tournament Team.

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