Soccer Standout To Apply For Medical Redshirt
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey, a standout on the USC women's soccer team who was attempting to return from a serious knee injury, has decided to delay her comeback until the 1998 season and will apply for a medical redshirt for this season, she announced today.
Harvey, the 1996 Pacific-10 Conference scoring champion and an honorable mention All-American, played on a torn left knee ligament all last season.
She reaggravated the injury this spring, had surgery in mid-April and then was attempting a comeback a little more than five months later.
She played about 30 minutes against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 26 without much success, then scored a goal and had an assist against Cal State Northridge this past Wednesday (Oct. 1). However, she decided to not risk further injury while the knee was at less than full strength.
"This was a really hard decision," Harvey said. "I want to be able to play, but this is the best decision for my knee. It has to be stronger and I'm not at 100 percent. The team is doing well and I'd like to be there to help them win, but I know they will do well without me."
The No. 25 Women of Troy are off to the best start in the program's five year history at 8-1-1 and are aiming for a first- ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm concerned with Isabelle's long-term health, and the bottom line is that she's not just ready," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "I don't think she could play without the risk of another injury. Now she can train and get ready for next season when she'll be 100 percent."
Harvey led the Pac-10 and set USC single-season records in goals (20), assists (11), points (51) and game-winning goals (nine) in 1996.
USC hosts UC Irvine on Sunday (Oct. 5) at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum, then opens Pac-10 play next weekend at the Bay Area schools.