Sept. 22, 1997
USC Athletics Week in Review / Preview
Sport Record Conf.Record Nat'l Rank Last Week Women's Cross Country -- -- -- none Football 0-2 0-0 -- none Men's Golf -- -- -- 21st at Tucker Invitational Women's Soccer 6-1-1 0-0 -- def. Cal State Fullerton, 6-0 tied San Jose State, 0-0 Women's Volleyball 9-0 2-0 8th (AVCA) def. Arizona State, 3-0 def. Arizona, 3-0 Men's Water Polo 5-1 0-0 2nd (AWPCA) def. Long Beach State, 15-8 2nd at Southern California Tournament This Week Thursday: Women's Golf, at New Mexico "Dick McGuire Invitational", through Saturday Friday: Women's Soccer, vs. Loyola Marymount, L.A. Coliseum, 3 p.m. Men's Water Polo, vs. UC Davis, at California, 3 p.m. Women's Volleyball, at Washington State, 7 p.m. Saturday: Men's Water Polo, at California, 10 a.m. Football, at California, 4 p.m. (ABC-TV) Women's Volleyball, at Washington, 7 p.m. Women's Cross Country, at UC Riverside Invitational Sunday: Women's Soccer, vs. North Korean National Team, L.A. Coliseum, 1 p.m.
Freshman forward Megan Orach tied a school single-game record with eight points against the Titans, and she did it all in the first half with three goals and two assists. Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark had three assists and sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield scored two goals.
Against the Spartans, however, USC took a season-high 30 shots without success. San Jose State took 14 shots, but senior goalkeeper Laura Badagliacco was on the top of her game, making 10 saves.
"We got an outstanding effort against Fullerton," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "I told Megan that she was going to have a breakout game soon. It was just one of those days against San Jose State. Their goalkeeper had a career day, but we can't afford to miss from a yard away from the goal. Laura had a great day. She came up big for us."
Against the Wildcats, Marinkovic led another ferocious offensive performance with 10 kills on 13 attempts without an error (.769). As a team, USC outhit Arizona, .446 to .087. Freshman outside hitter Shannon Redfern posted seven service aces, a USC season high and only one away from USC's record for a three-game match.
Men's Water Polo
"I'm proud of our team because we played hard," USC Coach John Williams said. "It was a tough loss. We just didn't convert when we needed to. Overall, we played very well. The tournament was a great success. We had great crowds and the Sunday competition was tremendous. The championship game was truly exciting."
Earlier in the week, USC defeated the 49ers, 15-8, as Pintaric scored five points.
Athletes of the Week
Jasmina Marinkovic, Women's Volleyball
Megan Orach, Women's Soccer
Marko Pintaric, Men's Water Polo