Women's Soccer

    Nov. 9, 1997

    Women's Soccer Beats Washington, 4-1

    LOS ANGELES- Junior forward Courtney Barham scored three goals in a span of 12 minutes and added an assist, and in the process became USC's all-time leading point scorer, as the No. 25 Women of Troy defeated Washington, 4-1, at the Coliseum on Sunday in the regular-season finale.

    At 16-3-1 overall (the wins are a new school record) and 7-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference for second place, USC must now wait until Tuesday to find out if it gets a bid for a first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Washington falls to 7-12, 5-4.

    "I'm very proud of what our young women accomplished this year," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "At 16-3-1, I don't know how we could be left out of the tournament, but anything can happen. These will be sleepless nights until we find out."

    With the match tied, 1-1, late in the second half, Barham scored the first of her three goals in the 75th minute when her shot was deflected by a Husky defender into the net. Sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield had an assist.

    The goal gave Barham 65 points for her career, setting a new school record and breaking the mark held by current undergraduate assistant coach Amy Peterson, who had 64 from 1993-96. Barham finished the match with 69 points and leads the team in 1997 with 14 goals.

    Barham then clinched the victory with goals in the 84th minute (assisted by sophomore midfielder Kim Clark) and 87th minute (assisted by freshman midfielder Andrea Warner).

    She also had an assist on USC's first goal, which gave the Women of Troy a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute as Clark scored her 13th goal of the season. Senior midfielder Christi Ayala also had an assist.

    Washington tied the game at 1-1 early in the second half. Casey Dickerson scored on a give-and-go on Theresa Wagner's assist in the 47th minute.

    The Women of Troy outshot the Huskies, 17-11. Senior goalkeeper Laura Badagliacco made eight saves for USC while Gretchen Mensinger made seven for Washington.