USC Women's Soccer Defeats Loyola Marymount 4-1
Harvey Makes Return
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Junior midfielder Erica De Vitis (Coto de Caza, Santa Margarita HS) scored two goals as the USC women's soccer team pounded Loyola Marymount, 4-1, at the Coliseum on Friday. The game also marked the return of sophomore forward Isabelle Harvey, the 1996 Pacific-10 Conference scoring champion, who had knee-ligament surgery a little more than five months ago.
Harvey, who earned All-American honorable mention notice a year ago, came off the bench to play about 10 minutes in the first half and about 20 minutes in the second half. She did not attempt a shot. USC, at 7-1-1, is off to its best start in the program's five-year existence. The Women of Troy are ranked No. 6 in the West Region. Loyola Marymount falls to 4-2.
"It was a tough match and an emotional match for Loyola Marymount, I'm sure," said USC Coach Jim Millinder, who was the Lions' head coach from 1994-95. "It wasn't a real attractive game, but we got the job done. It was good to see Isabelle out there. She has a long way to go, but now she knows where she is. She just needs some more match time. "We put away two good chances early and that took a little out of Loyola. We also played a good second half. Erica has been training hard and deserved to score a couple of goals today." De Vitis got the Women of Troy on the board in the 13th minute. Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark's free kick found De Vitis in the right corner. De Vitis tried to cross the ball, but it instead carried over the goalkeeper's head and into the net.
USC made it 2-0 just three minutes later when freshman defender Andrea Warner (Dana Point, Dana Hills HS) made a nice pass upfield to freshman forward Megan Orach (Huntington Beach, Marina HS), who beat a defender to the left and hit a good shot to the right of the net. In the second half, De Vitis made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, beating a defender and then the onrushing goalkeeper from the right side. Orach and Clark had assists.
Junior forward Courtney Barham added to the lead when she did a nice job dribbling upfield, got taken down in the box, then converted the penalty kick for a 4-0 lead in the 65th minute.
The Lions finally scored in the 88th minute -- it's the third time this season that USC has lost a shutout in the game's final three minutes -- when junior forward Tammy Alderman got loose in front of the net and scored. USC hosts Cal State Northridge on Wednesday (Oct. 1) at the Coliseum at 4 p.m. An exhibition originally scheduled on Sunday (Sept. 28) against the North Korean National Team has been cancelled.