Aug. 29, 1997
Women's Soccer Opens Season with 5-1 Win at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa - Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark began the 1997 women's soccer season in a big way, scoring two goals and adding an assist as USC defeated Iowa State, 5-1, at the ISU Soccer Complex on Friday.
USC (1-0), making its first-ever road trip east of the Rockies, next visits No. 6 Nebraska on Sunday (Aug. 31). Iowa State falls to 0-1.
Clark's first goal erased a 1-0 Cyclone lead in the first half. In the 34th minute, she stole the ball near midfield and started a counterattack. The Iowa State goalkeeper was out of position, and Clark blasted it by her for 35 yards out.
After a shaky first half by the Women of Troy ended in a 1-1 tie, freshman forward Megan Orach (Huntington Beach, Marina High), in her first collegiate game scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Clark passed to her off a free kick, and Orach one-timed it past the goalkeeper, breaking the tie in the 51st minute.
"We had a rough start, but that was probably due to it being our first game," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "A couple of players are new to the squad, and everyone might have been a little uneasy in the first half. But in the second half we changed up some things and moved the ball better. Kim Clark is a special player. she has the ability to do this all the time."
After going ahead 2-1, the Women of troy ran off three more goals and were largely unthreatened on defense. Sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield (Santa Ana, El Modena High) score din the 65th minute off an assist from junior midfielder Courtney Barham, Clark scored again in the 69th minute when she hooked a corner kick past the goalkeeper, and junior midfielder Erica de Vitis (Coto de Caza, Santa Margarita High; and a transfer from Nebraska in her first game with USC) finished the scoring in the 84th minute off a pass from freshman defender Andres Warner (Dana Point, Dana Hills High).
The Women of Troy outshot the Cyclones, 20-7, and had five corner kicks to Iowa State's two.
USC played without two starters from a year ago, both of whom were injured: sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey (knee), the Pac-10's top scorer a year ago and an honorable mention All-American, and sophomore defender Christina Kushnir (quadricep).