Oct. 1, 1997
No. 25 USC Women's Soccer Defeats Cal State Northridge, 4-0, As Harvey Gets Goal, Assist
LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey, in just her second game back from serious knee surgery, scored a goal and had an assist to lead the No. 25 USC women's soccer team to a 4-0 whipping of Cal State Northridge on Wednesday at the Coliseum.
Harvey, the Pacific-10 Conference's top scorer and an honorable mention All-American in 1996, played on a torn left knee ligament all last season, reaggravated the injury this spring and had surgery in mid-April. A little more than five months later, she came off the bench to spark the Women of Troy.
"Isabelle looked a lot sharper today than she did against Loyola Marymount," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "Scoring a goal will really boost her confidence."
USC, at 8-1-1, is off to the best start in the program's five-year existence. The Women of Troy earned their first-ever national ranking this week, coming in at No. 25 in the Soccer Buzz poll. Cal State Northridge falls to 1-10.
After a slow first 38 minutes that saw the Women of Troy control the ball without scoring any goals, sophomore midfielder Kim Clark finally put USC on the board in the 39th minute. Junior midfielder Erica De Vitis (Coto de Caza, Santa Margarita HS) had a shot that was blocked by a defender, but it was deflected right to Clark, who knocked it home. Two minutes later, it was 2-0. Harvey drove up the right side of the field, cut toward the goal and lifted a short cross into the goalie box, and freshman defender Andrea Warner (Dana Point, Dana Hills HS) stepped in front of the goalkeeper and scored the first goal of her collegiate career. In the second half, sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield (Santa Ana, El Modena HS) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 59th minute off junior midfielder Carol Hatcher's assist from a corner kick. Harvey wrapped up the scoring in the 62nd minute, heading in a pass from junior defender Karen Norgaard.
"I felt as soon as we scored one goal, we would start scoring more," Millinder said. "At halftime we talked about how to solve Northridge's defense. We sorted it out and started creating more chances." The Women of Troy outshot the Matadors, 26-3. Senior goalkeepers Karin Puccinelli and Sheri Simala (Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley HS) combined to get the shutout for USC. Northridge goalkeeper Tawni Takagi made 10 saves.
The Women of Troy host UC Irvine on Sunday (Oct. 5) at 1 p.m. in the final match of a five-game homestand.