Sept. 19, 1997
Orach's Eight Points Lead Soccer Over Cal State Fullerton
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman forward Megan Orach (Huntington Beach, Marina HS) tied a USC women's soccer single- game record with eight points by scoring three goals and adding two assists -- all in the first half -- as the Women of Troy crushed Cal State Fullerton, 6-0, on Friday afternoon at the Coliseum. At 6-1, USC is off to its best start in the team's five-year existence. The Women of Troy are ranked No. 7 in the West Region. Cal State Fullerton falls to 3-5.
"We got an outstanding effort today," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "We played a great first half, then sustained it in the second half. Even when we were up by five goals, we kept working hard. I told Megan that she was going to have a breakout game soon. She's so strong, she just needed to shoot the ball more. When she scored the first one, I knew that would break the ice."
Orach, playing in just her seventh collegiate game, had a hand in all five of USC's first-half goals. She now has four goals and three assists on the season. Sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield (Santa Ana, El Modena HS) scored her team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the season, while sophomore midfielder Kim Clark had three assists.
Orach's first goal came 12 minutes into the game, when she banked in a hard shot off the left post. Her second goal came in the 24th minute, after Clark dribbled all the way to the mouth of the goal. Clark lost the ball, but Orach was right there to knock it in. Junior midfielder Carol Hatcher made it 3-0 in the 34th minute off assists from Clark and Orach. Whitfield then scored in the 39th minute after Orach deflected a pass at midfield to her. Orach rounded out the first-half scoring in the 44th minute off passes from Clark and freshman defender Andrea Warner (Dana Point, Dana Hills HS). It was an efficient first half for the Women of Troy, who scored the five goals on only nine shots. USC had 16 shots in the game to Fullerton's nine. USC waited until the 89th minute to score again, with Whitfield getting the goal.
USC senior goalkeepers Laura Badagliacco and Sheri Simala (Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley HS) shared the shutout, as each made two saves in goal. Badagliacco improved to 4-0 in 1997 as a starter, while Simala saw her first action since 1994.
USC hosts San Jose State on Sunday (Sept. 21) at the Coliseum at 1 p.m.