Oct. 27, 1997
USC Athletics The Week in Review / Preview
Sport Record Conf. Nat'l Rank Last Week
Women's Cross Country -- -- 30th (Coaches) none
Football 4-3 2-2 def. Oregon, 24-22
Men's Golf 12th (Golfweek) none
Women's Golf -- -- 20th (Rolex) none
Women's Soccer 13-2-1 4-1 15th (Soccer Buzz) lost to UCLA, 3-1
Women's Volleyball 16-3 8-3 5th (AVCA) def. Washington State, 3-0; lost to Washington, 3-2
Men's Water Polo 12-4 2-2 2nd (AWPCA) lost to Pepperdine, 12-10; def. UC Irvine, 11-8
The Week in Preview
Oct. 27, 1997
Friday: Women's Soccer, vs. Arizona State, L.A. Coliseum, 3 p.m.
Swimming, hosting USC Invitational, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 1 p.m.
Women's Volleyball, at California, 7:30 p.m.
Swimming, hosting USC Invitational, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Men's Water Polo, vs. UC San Diego, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 12 p.m.
Football, at Washington, 12:30 p.m. (ABC-TV)
Women's Cross Country, at Pac-10 Championships, at Stanford
Sunday: Women's Soccer, vs. Arizona, L.A. Coliseum, 1 p.m.
Men's Water Polo, at UC Santa Barbara, 12 p.m.
Women's Volleyball, at Stanford, 1 p.m.
Men's Golf, at Rolex Match Play Team Championship, at Miami, FL, through Monday
For the second week in a row, a late field goal try played a key role in a USC victory. Junior defensive tackle Marc Matock partially deflected a 36-yard attempt that fell just short with eight seconds to play as the Trojans held on to post a 24-22 win over Oregon in the Coliseum. USC dominated the first half of the game, leading 21-3 at intermission, as senior fullback Rodney Sermons scored twice in the first half and sophomore wide receiver R. Jay Soward added another touchdown on a 13-yard run off a reverse.
The Women of Troy suffered a bitter defeat to rival UCLA, 3-1, at Spaulding Field in Westwood on Sunday. The Bruins took over first place in the Pac-10 at 5-0, while the Women of Troy fell to second place at 4-1. The game was scoreless at halftime, but the Bruins got on the board first in the 50th minute. USC came back to tie it in the 57th minute when freshman defender Andrea Warner scored her second career goal on an assist by sophomore midfielder Kim Clark. However, UCLA went back on top, 2-1, in the 67th minute, then put it away on a breakaway in the 85th minute.
After posting a convincing 15-13, 15-9, 15-12 win over No. 10 Washington State on Thursday, USC was upset in a marathon match by No. 21 Washington on Friday, 11-15, 14-16, 15-13, 15-13, 11-15. Against the Cougars, junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy had 25 kills and junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic had a triple-double with 21 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks. USC courageously battled back from a 2-game deficit against the Huskies, only to fall in a point-per-play fifth game. Kessy posted career highs with 27 kills and 28 digs, Marinkovic had 18 kills and junior setter Janice Mounts had a career-high 79 assists.
Men's Water Polo
The Trojans fell to top-ranked Pepperdine, 12-10, on Saturday, but rebounded to beat No. 6 UC Irvine, 11-8, on Sunday. Both games were at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. USC couldn't stop the Waves' Jeremy Pope, who had seven points. Senior driver Simun Cimerman had four for the Trojans, who led 8-7 late in the third quarter but couldn't hold on. Against the Anteaters, senior driver Mateo Juric had five points and sophomore goalie Richard McEvoy made 15 saves as the Trojans made a 7-3 halftime lead stand up.
Athletes of the Week
David Gibson and Marc Matock, Football
Gibson, a sophomore linebacker, and Matock, a junior defensive tackle, were named the Pac-10 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, after the win over Oregon. Gibson had nine tackles, three quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles. Matock partially blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt by the Ducks.
Jennifer Kessy, Women's Volleyball
Kessy, a junior outside hitter, had a total of 52 kills and 41 digs last weekend, including career highs of 27 kills and 28 digs in a loss to Washington.