Athletics News

    Oct. 28, 1996

    The Week in Review / Preview

    Sport                  Record  Conf.  Nat'l Rank     Last Week
    Women's X-Country       ---    ---    ---            none
    Football                5-3    3-2    ---            def. Washington State, 29-24
    Men's Golf              ---    ---    6th (Golfweek) third at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate
    Women's Golf            ---    ---    33rd (Rolex)   none
    Women's Soccer          12-4   4-2    ---            def. UCLA, 3-2
    Women's Volleyball      13-5   7-3    12th (AVCA)    def. UCLA, 3-0
    Men's Water Polo        13-1   4-0    1st (coaches)  def. UC Irvine, 6-4

    This Week

    • Women's Volleyball, vs. Nittaidai, North Gym, 7 p.m.
    • Women's Golf, at SDSU Fall Classic, through Tuesday
    • Men's Water Polo, at Long Beach State, 7 p.m.
    • Women's Soccer, vs. Stanford, TBA, 12 p.m.
    • Women's Volleyball, vs. Arizona, Lyon Center, 7:30 p.m.
    • Men's Water Polo, vs. UC Santa Barbara, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 10 a.m.
    • Men's and Women's Swimming, Alumni Relays, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 10 a.m.
    • Football, vs. Washington, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 12:30 p.m. -- ABC-TV
    • Women's Volleyball, vs. Arizona State, North Gym, 7 p.m.
    • Women's Cross Country, at Pac-10 Championships in Stanford, 4:15 p.m.
    • Women's Soccer, vs. Utah, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, 12 p.m.
    • Men's Water Polo, vs. Stanford, McDonald's Swim Stadium, 12 p.m.
    • Women's Crew, at San Diego Fall Classic, 8 a.m.

    The Week in Review/Preview


    USC posted a thrilling comeback victory -- and rediscovered its running attack in the process -- as it beat Washington State, 29-24, in Pullman. Junior running back Delon Washington scored on a 17-yard run with 2:05 to play to give USC the decisive points. USC ran for 148 yards, including 115 in the second half, on 45 attempts. Washington had 99 yards and senior running back Shawn Walters added 53.

    Off the field, senior defensive lineman Matt Keneley has won 2 prestigious postgraduate scholarships: $18,000 from the National Football Foundation and $5,000 from NACDA.

    The Nov. 9 Stanford game in Palo Alto has been set for 7:15 p.m. and will be televised by FOX Sports Net.

    Men's Golf

    The Trojans placed an impressive third at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, held at Shoal Creek in Alabama. USC shot a total of 865, 8 shots behind the winner, Oklahoma State. Freshman Nick Webb tied for fifth with a 214, 6 strokes behind the winner. Senior Brian Hull tied for 12th, senior Roger Tambellini tied for 16th and senior Chad Wright tied for 26th.

    USC is next at the Golf World Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C., on Nov. 8-10.

    Women's Soccer

    In the biggest win in the USC women's soccer program's 4-year history, the Women of Troy defeated crosstown rival UCLA for the first time, 3-2, at the Coliseum on Wednesday.

    The Women of Troy rebounded from a 2-1 second-half deficit to defeat the Bruins for the first time in 6 tries dating back to their inaugural season in 1993. USC moved up to No. 6 in the West Region rankings.

    "This was a great fight and a great battle," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "We believe in ourselves now. As the season has progressed, I don't think we believed that we could be this good. Now we believe. We're over the hump now, and are taking this program to a new level."

    In the 74th minute, USC senior forward Amy Peterson, while lying on the ground just in front of the goal, kicked in a soft roller off an assist from freshman forward Isabelle Harvey to tie the game. In the 82nd minute, Harvey, the Pac-10's leading scorer, took a feed from fellow freshman forward Kaylee Whitfield and scored a wide-open goal a few yards from the net.

    Harvey finished with 1 goal and 2 assists. The goal was her eighth game-winner of the year, which leads the nation. She now has a USC-record 16 goals and 9 assists for a total of 41 points, another school record.

    UCLA had taken a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute, and had a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes. USC tied the score, 1-1, on freshman midfielder Kim Clark's goal, off an assist from Harvey, just 1 minute later.

    The Women of Troy host Stanford, which has been nationally ranked for much of the season, on Friday. The game, originally scheduled at Howard Jones Field, may be moved to the Coliseum.

    Men's and Women's Swimming

    Troy's swimmers won 28 of 36 events at the USC Invitational on Friday and Saturday. USC Coach Mark Schubert was particularly pleased with the performances of sophomores Bela Szabados, who won the men's 100, 200 and 500 free, and Karen Campbell, who won the 50 and 100 free and 100 fly.

    USC hosts the Alumni Relays this Saturday.

    Women's Volleyball

    The Women of Troy had an easy time against No. 18 UCLA last Thursday, 15-11, 15-7, 15-11, the first 3-game sweep of the Bruins since 1987. USC hit .265 compared to UCLA's .161.

    Three players reached double-figures in kills for USC: sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Kessy had 13, sophomore middle blocker Jasmina Marinkovic had 12 and senior outside hitter Vesna Dragicevic had 11. Sophomore outside hitter Sara Stephen had a career-high 17 digs.

    The Women of Troy have 3 home matches on the slate this week: an exhibition tonight against Nittaidai, a Tokyo-based college, and Pac-10 matches against Arizona and Arizona State this weekend.

    "The UCLA match was a lot of fun," USC Coach Lisa Love said. "It was a huge win and a great way to start the second half of the Pac-10 season. Plus, it was great to see the various other USC teams there to support us. We have a big week coming up at home with Arizona and Arizona State and we've got to keep it rolling."

    Men's Water Polo

    Junior driver Simun Cimerman scored 3 goals to lead USC over No. 5 UC Irvine, 6-4, in an MPSF game at Irvine on Saturday. USC led 4-3 at halftime, and Cimerman scored both of the Trojans' second-half goals. Senior goalie Brendan Grubbs stopped 10 shots.

    The Trojans have a busy week ahead with games at Long Beach State on Tuesday, at home against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday and home against Stanford on Sunday. The first two are MPSF games.

    "I think the team really did an excellent job defensively, especially on Irvine's very physical players," USC Coach John Williams said. "Irvine's goal was to come out and physically intimidate us. We responded to the challenge, and to beat them on the road was a big win. This should be a fun week, because we're hoping to give all of our players an opportunity to play against Long Beach and Santa Barbara. Stanford is playing extremely well and is much improved from early in the season."

    Athletes of the Week

    Isabelle Harvey, Women's Soccer
    Harvey, a freshman forward, led USC to its first-ever win against UCLA with a goal and 2 assists. The goal was her eighth game-winner of the year, which leads the nation.

    Sammy Knight and R. Jay Soward, Football
    Knight, a senior linebacker, had a USC-high 11 tackles in Saturday's win against Washington State, as well as an interception and a rally-ending fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. Soward ran a kickoff back for a 78-yard touchdown, his second in two weeks. Both earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors.

    Nick Webb, Men's Golf
    Webb, a freshman, had an impressive fifth-place finish in just the second tournament in his career. It came at the famed Shoal Creek course in Alabama at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.