Oct. 28, 1997
No. 19 USC Looks to Rebound Against ASU, Arizona
THIS WEEK: The No. 19 USC women's soccer team (13-2-1 overall, 4-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference, tied for second place), looking to start a new winning streak and position itself for a bid to the NCAA Tournament, plays its first Pac-10 home games this season. The Women of Troy host Arizona State on Friday (Oct. 31) at 2 p.m. and Arizona on Sunday (Nov. 2) at 1 p.m. Both matches are at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Led by 1996 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Jim Millinder, the Women of Troy are on pace to have the best season in the program's five-year history and have maintained their first-ever national ranking for the fifth straight week.
NEWS & NOTES: The Women of Troy are ranked No. 19 by Soccer Buzz and No. 24 by Soccer News. Prior to the UCLA game, USC was No. 10 in the Sagarin computer ratings. In the West Region rankings, USC is No. 5 in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls ... The Washington State game on Nov. 7 has been moved to El Camino College ... Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark has set or tied five school records this year ... Junior midfielder/forward Courtney Barham has tied the school career record for goals with 24 ... With its next win, USC will earn the 50th victory in the program's history ... The Women of Troy saw their seven-match winning streak and 13-match unbeaten streak, both school records, come to an end last weekend against UCLA ... USC is coming off its best-ever season with a 15-5 record in 1996, and went 4-3 in the Pac-10 for a tie for fourth place.
OPPONENTS: Arizona State (10-5, 4-1, tied with USC for second in the Pac-10) swept the Oregon schools last weekend. The Sun Devils, in just their second season of play, are led by freshman midfielder Antoinette Marjanovic's 22 points (eight goals and six assists). USC defeated ASU last year, 3-0, in Tempe ... Arizona (8-7-1, 2-3, tied for sixth place) has won two of its last three. Sophomore midfielder Krista Bogdan leads the Wildcats with 12 points (four goals and four assists). USC is 2-1 all-time against Arizona, including a 3-1 win last year in Tucson.
LAST WEEK: The Women of Troy suffered a tough 3-1 loss to rival UCLA, ranked No. 19, on Sunday at Spaulding Field in Westwood. After a scoreless first half, UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute before USC tied it on freshman defender Andrea Warner's goal from sophomore midfielder Kim Clark. But old nemesis Traci Arkenberg scored what turned out to be the game-winner in the 67th minute (the senior forward has eight goals in five games against USC) and the Bruins added a breakaway goal in the 85th minute.
KIM CLARK: Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark (Cupertino, Monta Vista HS) has had a phenomenal season and is one of the West Region's top players. The All-American candidate has scored 10 goals (first on USC, third in the Pac-10 and tied for eighth in the West Region) and has 14 assists (first on USC, first in the Pac-10, first in the West Region and tied for eighth nationally) for a total of 34 points (first on USC, second in the Pac-10 and second in the West Region). Clark has set four school records this season: assists in a single season (14), assists in a career (18), consecutive games with an assist (six) and consecutive games with a point (eight). The last two streaks are current. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 2 after getting a total of seven points at Iowa State and Nebraska. She tied the school single-game record with three assists against Cal State Fullerton and had two against Loyola Marymount. She had two goals and an assist in USC,s first-ever win against Stanford and did the same at Oregon State. Clark leads USC with 65 shots, and if near-misses were an official statistic, she would lead the team in that as well. Clark surpassed her 1996 season total of 16 points after just nine games. She had an impressive summer and played for the West Region team at the U.S. Soccer Festival. A two-sport athlete, she also plays for the USC women's basketball team (along with twin sister Kristin).
COURTNEY BARHAM: Junior midfielder/forward Courtney Barham (Olivenhain, San Dieguito HS) has been a major contributor thus far, with eight goals (tied for second on USC and tied for fifth in the Pac-10) and three assists for a total of 19 points (tied for eighth in the Pac-10). Barham has tied the school career record for goals with 24. She had two goals against UC Santa Barbara. One of USC's top offensive threats, the speedy Barham scored 17 points as a 1996 sophomore (earning All-Pac-10 second team honors) and 19 points as a 1995 freshman.
KAYLEE WHITFIELD: A sophomore forward with a nose for the goal, Kaylee Whitfield (Santa Ana, El Modena HS) has found the back of the net eight times this season (tied for second on USC and tied for fifth in the Pac-10) on just 38 shots. She has two assists and a total of 18 points (tied for 10th in the Pac-10). She tied a school record with consecutive multiple-goal games, getting two each against San Diego State and Cal State Fullerton. A year ago, she was a sparkplug as a reserve, totalling three goals and four assists. When Kaylee was 9 years old, she was hit by lightning and her heart stopped for about a minute.
CAROL HATCHER: One of USC's top offensive threats, junior midfielder Carol Hatcher (Kapolei, Hi., Kalani HS) has five goals and six assists (tied for fourth in the Pac-10) for a total of 16 points. She earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Sept. 15 after scoring two goals in the final nine minutes against Fresno State to lift USC from what looked to be a 1-0 loss to a stunning 2-1 victory. Hatcher had a goal and an assist in USC's first-ever win against California. Hatcher was named to the All-Pac-10 second team in 1996 after scoring 19 points. An excellent student, she was honored during the UNLV football game (Oct. 4) in the Academic Salute.
MEGHAN REPPE: Her contribution doesn't usually show up in the stats, but junior Meghan Reppe (Orange, Villa Park HS) has earned a reputation as a top-caliber defender. She is regularly asked to guard the opponent's top forward and, more often than not, shuts its scorer down. This is her third year as a starter and she has a career total of one goal and three assists.
GOALKEEPERS: Senior Laura Badagliacco (Morgan Hill, Presentation HS) and junior Karin Puccinelli (Cupertino, St. Francis HS) were co-starters at goalkeeper a year ago and each has been impressive once again. Badagliacco has started 11 of the last 13 games and has a goals-against average of 1.16 (fourth in the Pac-10 and ninth in the West Region) and 57 saves (sixth in the Pac-10). After 11 games, she ranked among the national leaders in goals-against average. Puccinelli has started five games, making 17 saves with a 0.89 goals-against average. Senior Sheri Simala (Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley HS) saw her first action since 1994 against Cal State Fullerton and made two saves.
FRESHMEN: Four true freshmen have been making an impact. Forward Megan Orach (Huntington Beach, Marina HS) scored the game-winning goal in her first game against Iowa State, then tied the school single-game record with eight points (three goals and two assists) against Cal State Fullerton - all in the first half. Her performance against the Titans earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Sept. 22. She had two goals and an assist at Oregon. She has seven goals (tied for ninth in the Pac-10) and seven assists (second on USC and tied for second in the Pac-10) for a total of 21 points (second on USC and tied for fifth in the Pac-10). At one point against Iowa State, Katie Ticehurst (Los Alamitos, Mater Dei HS), Andrea Warner (Dana Point, Dana Hills HS) and Susie Mora (Mission Viejo, Santa Margarita HS) made up an all-true freshman line of defenders. Warner has two goals and four assists this season. Ticehurst's first career goal was the game-winner in overtime at Oregon State. Ticehurst and Warner have started all 16 games, Orach has started 15 and Mora has started seven.
ISABELLE HARVEY: The 1996 Pac-10 scoring champ and an honorable mention All-American, sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey made her return on Sept. 26 against Loyola Marymount after being sidelined by knee surgery. In only her second game back, she scored a goal and had an assist against Cal State Northridge. However, she decided after the game to sit out the rest of the season and petition for a medical hardship year because she didn't feel her knee was strong enough to continue. Amazingly, the Quebec, Canada, native set school single-season records with goals (20), assists (11 - since broken by Kim Clark this season), points (51), game-winning goals (nine) and multiple-goal games (six) as a 1996 freshman while playing on a torn left knee ligament. She aggravated the injury this spring, had surgery in mid-April and tried to return after a little more than five months.
MORE NOTES: The Women of Troy are first in the Pac-10 in points with 136, third in the Pac-10 in team goalkeeping with a 1.04 goals-against average and fifth in the West Region in goals per game at 2.94 ... When Megan Orach tied USC's single-game record of eight points, she tied the mark set by current undergraduate assistant coach Amy Peterson in 1993. Interestingly, both were freshmen when they set the record, both are from Huntington Beach and both attended Marina High School ... USC has never lost at the Coliseum, going 10-0-1... USC has never lost a season opener, winning all five ... Head coach Jim Millinder became USC's all-time winningest head coach with his 22nd victory, which came against Loyola Marymount (his previous team) on Sept. 26. Former coach Karen Stanley had 21 wins in three seasons ... Freshman midfielder Ami Aylor (Lake Forest, Santa Margarita HS) has a flip throw-in which is as dangerous as a corner kick in the final third of the field. To the delight of the crowd, she's done it in two of the four home games in which she's appeared ... USC's season-opening trip to Iowa State and then-No. 6 Nebraska was the program's first east of the Rockies.
COACH MILLINDER SAYS: "We had a disappointing effort against UCLA, but now we need to put that behind us and win the next four matches. Both Arizona schools will be tough opponents. Arizona State is probably one of the most improved teams in the Pac-10, and that's a huge game because they're also 4-1 in the conference. Both schools will give us a handful."
THEY SAID IT: Nebraska Coach John Walker: "USC is a team that will be in the tournament at the end of the year. They just missed it last year, and certainly are quite a bit better than they were last year. They are well-organized, well-coached and they fought hard."