Women's Soccer

    Sept. 7, 1997

    USC Women's Soccer Defeats UC Santa Barbara, 3-1

    LOS ANGELES -- Junior midfielder Courtney Barham scored two first-half goals as the USC women's soccer team overwhelmed UC Santa Barbara in the first 45 minutes and went on to win, 3-1, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

    It was the home opener for the Women of Troy, who improved to 3-1. The Gauchos dropped to 1-3.

    In the first half, USC outshot UC Santa Barbara, 17-2. The final tally was 25-8 in favor of the Women of Troy.

    Barham's first goal came in the 12th minute. Junior midfielder Carol Hatcher passed the ball across the field to Barham, who beat a defender and scored from 10 yards out on the right side. In the 24th minute, a Santa Barbara defender misplayed a cross from freshman forward Megan Orach (Huntington Beach, Marina HS), leaving Barham wide open for her second goal of the day and her third of the season.

    UC Santa Barbara tightened things up in the second half, but USC went ahead 3-0 when sophomore forward Kaylee Whitfield (Santa Ana, El Modena HS) scored her third goal of the year in the 61st minute. Sophomore midfielder Kim Clark lofted a cross from the right corner, which was headed by Hatcher right to Whitfield, who was standing a few yards away from the goal. The Gauchos avoided the shutout in the 87th minute when Darcie Frounfelter scored off a Gail Readdie pass.

    "We didn't play as hard as I would have liked," USC Coach Jim Millinder said. "We got the result, and that's what counts, but we'll need better efforts against Fresno State and San Diego State this week. We just weren't firing on all cylinders today."

    USC senior goalkeeper Laura Badagliacco made four saves, while Santa Barbara keeper Ilsa Bertolini made eight saves.