Athletics News
    Oct. 6, 1997

    USC Athletics The Week in Review / Preview

    Sport                   Record  Conf.   Nat'l Rank      Last Week
    Women's Cross Country   --      --      30th (Coaches)  1st at Biola Invitational
    Football                2-2     1-1     --              def. UNLV, 35-21
    Men's Golf              --      --      21st (Golfweek) 4th at NCAA Preview
    Women's Golf            --      --      --              6th at Lady Tar Heel Tournament
    Women's Soccer          9-1-1   0-0     25th(Buzz)      def. Cal St. Northridge, 4-0
    Women's Volleyball      11-2    4-2     7th (AVCA)      lost to Stanford, 3-0; 
                                                            def. UC Irvine, 1-0
    Men's Water Polo        7-2     1-1     3rd (AWPCA)     def. UCLA, 12-7
    Thursday:   Women's Volleyball, at Oregon, 7 p.m.
    Friday:     Men's and Women's Swimming, Intrasquad Meet, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 3 p.m.
                Women's Soccer, at Stanford, 4 p.m.
                Women's Volleyball, at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday:   Football, at Arizona State, 12:30 p.m. (ABC-TV)
                Women's Cross Country, at Pepperdine/USD Triangular Meet
    Sunday:     Men's Water Polo, vs. California, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 12 p.m.
                Women's Soccer, at California, 1 p.m.

    Women's Cross Country
    Sophomore Grazyna Penc, freshman Anna Lopacivch and sophomore Kristie Johnston placed 1-2-3 at the Biola Invitational on Saturday, helping the Women of Troy to a first-place finish among four Division I schools. Penc won in a time of 18:34.6, Lopacivch came in at 18:39.8, Johnston finished in 18:46.0 and junior Tina Kefalas was fifth in 19:53.5.

    USC Coach John Robinson registered his 100th collegiate career victory as USC survived a pesky UNLV team with a 35-21 win at the Coliseum. The Trojans trailed, 21-14, early in the fourth quarter before scoring three unanswered touchdowns, the first two on a pair of bombs from sophomore quarterback John Fox (23-of-32 for 355 yards) to sophomore wide receiver R. Jay Soward (five catches for 167 yards) for 44 and 78 yards. Freshman tailback Malaefou MacKenzie (19 carries for 104 yards) then had an 11-yard run for a score.

    The Trojan defense had four sacks and 10 tackles for losses while limiting UNLV to just 25 rushing yards. Freshman linebacker Antuan Simmons had a team-high eight tackles.

    Men's Golf
    The Trojans posted a solid fourth-place finish at the Ping-Golfweek Preview Invitational, hosted by New Mexico, last week. The Trojans shot a 2-under-par 862, nine strokes back of the champion, UNLV. Junior Charlie Woerner tied for seventh, junior Jorge Corral tied for 10th, freshman Michael Chavez tied for 17th and sophomore Nick Webb tied for 21st.

    Women's Golf
    USC tied for sixth at the Lady Tar Heel Golf Tournament, hosted by North Carolina, over the weekend. The Women of Troy tied with Kentucky at 33-over-par, while Duke won the tournament by shooting 8-over-par. Freshman Nicole Dalkas tied for ninth place, sophomore Linda Ishii tied for 14th, junior Johanna Josefsson tied for 36th and senior Danielle LaVoie tied for 42nd.

    Women's Soccer
    Sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey scored a goal and had an assist in a 4-0 win against Cal State Northridge on Wednesday in only her second game back from serious knee surgery. After the match, however, she decided to sit out the rest of the season and petition for a medical hardship year because she didn't feel the knee was strong enough to continue.

    Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark, freshman defender Andrea Warner and sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield also scored goals against the Matadors.

    The Women of Troy then played one of their biggest non-conference games of the season on Sunday, hosting UC Irvine. Junior forward Courtney Barham's goal in the 14th minute was the only score in a 1-0 USC win, and the defense gave an outstanding effort.

    Women's Volleyball
    USC split a pair of matches at the North Gym, falling to Stanford on Friday before defeating California on Saturday. USC kept it close for much of the match against No. 4 Stanford, but eventually fell, 15-13, 15-0, 15-13. The Women of Troy were led by 10 kills each from junior outside hitter Jennifer Kessy and junior middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic.

    USC downed Cal, 15-6, 15-6, 12-15, 15-13, as Kessy had a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs, Marinkovic had 14 kills and freshman outside hitter Antoinette Polk had nine kills.

    Men's Water Polo
    Junior driver Marko Pintaric scored five points to lead the Trojans over No. 6 UCLA, 12-7, last Friday in Westwood in the first meeting between the two schools since last fall's NCAA championship game. USC jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and steadily increased its lead. Sophomore James Castle and freshman Sean Hylton, both 2-meter men, each scored two goals for the Trojans.

    Athletes of the Week

    Grazyna Penc, Women's Cross Country
    Penc, a sophomore, won the Biola Invitational in a time of 18:34.6 and helped the Women of Troy to first place at the meet.

    R. Jay Soward, Football
    Soward, a sophomore wide receiver, helped bring the Trojans back against UNLV with two long touchdown catches of 44 and 78 yards from John Fox. He had five catches for 167 yards for the game.

    Charlie Woerner, Men's Golf
    Woerner, a junior, was the Trojans' top finisher at the Ping-Golfweek Tournament in New Mexico, tying for seventh place with a 3-under-par 213.