Women's Soccer

    Nov. 7, 1997

    No. 25 USC Women's Soccer Shuts Out Washington State, 2-0

    LOS ANGELES - Freshman forward Megan Orach and junior midfielder Erica De Vitis scored goals as the No. 25 USC women's soccer team blanked Washington State, 2-0, on Friday in a home game played at El Camino College.

    The Women of Troy improved to 15-3-1 overall (equalling a school record for wins) and 6-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Cougars, who were shut out for the fifth straight game, fell to 7-10, 2-6.

    "I was extremely pleased with our effort today, but we still need to do a better job putting our scoring opportunities away," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "Washington State did a good job defensively. Now it comes down to one game against Washington, one that we need to better our chances to get into the NCAA Tournament."

    The Women of Troy close out the regular season against the Huskies on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Coliseum.

    USC dominated the game against the Cougars offensively, outshooting them, 22-6, and attempting a school record- tying 14 corner kicks.

    Orach (Huntington Beach, Marina HS) scored USC's first goal at 15:30 in the first half. Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark pushed a ball past midfield, beating an offside trap, and Orach outran a defender and made a nice move to beat the goalkeeper for her eighth goal of the year.

    Clark's assist was her 16th of the year, extending her school single-season record, and her 11th straight game with a point, also a school record.

    Washington State had a goal called back because of offsides in the 68th minute. Meagin Donovan got open a few yards out on the left side and put it into the net, but was whistled for the infraction.

    It stayed 1-0 until 84:03 in the second half, when freshman defender Katie Ticehurst (Los Alamitos, Mater Dei HS) stole the ball and kicked it up the left side to De Vitis (Coto de Caza, Santa Margarita HS), who fired a shot from 20 yards out and found the lower right-hand part of the net.

    Washington State goalkeeper Shannon Wilson helped keep the game close with nine saves, while USC goalkeeper Karin Puccinelli made three saves and got her second solo shutout of the year.