Women's Soccer
    USC Women's Soccer Signs Three High School Standouts

    Feb. 9, 1998

    LOS ANGELES -- Kim Abbamonto (Capistrano Valley High, Mission Viejo, Calif.), Shaelyn Fernandes (Presentation High, San Jose, Calif.) and Erin Reed (San Ramon Valley High, Danville, Calif.) have signed letters-of-intent to attend USC and play soccer this fall, USC Coach Jim Millinder announced today.

    "We have three very good players coming in," Millinder said. "Kim is a tenacious defender who possesses great poise and ability. Shaelyn comes in with a tremendous amount of experience from a winning program. She has great hands and is very quick getting to the ball. Erin is an extremely talented player who is a great passer and can score goals from from anywhere."

    Abbamonto, a 5-foot-9 defender, is a co-captain at Capistrano Valley, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section. As a junior, she was also captain and scored nine goals and had 12 assists. She earned 1997 CIF Southern Section Division I first team honors and All-Orange County first team honors by the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Coaches Association, as well as All-League first team honors. As a sophomore, Abbamonto earned 1996 CIF Southern Section Division I second team, Los Angeles Times All-Orange County second team and All-League first team notice. She started as a freshman and earned All-League honorable mention honors. She also plays for the Mission Viejo Shamrocks club team, a national championship finalist in 1995, and has played on the Under-14 and Under-19 district and state Olympic Development Program teams.

    Fernandes, a 5-foot-7 goalkeeper, is a four-year starter and had a record of 62-4-4 entering her senior season, with 44 shutouts in those 70 games. She made the All-CIF Central Coast Section Division II first team as a junior, All-Blossom Valley Athletic League first team as a junior and sophomore and All-League second team as a freshman. She was also the Most Valuable Goalkeeper of the Blossom Valley Athletic League as a sophomore. Fernandes led Presentation to the 1996 CIF Central Coast Section Division II championship and runner-up finishes in 1995 and 1997. On the club level, Fernandes is a member of the Mercury, the 1996 Under-16 national champions and 1997 Cal-North titlist. She also played on the ODP state team from 1994-96, the regional team in 1994 and 1996 and was in the national pool in 1996.

    Reed, a 5-foot-6 midfielder, is the captain at San Ramon Valley, which is ranked third in the North Coast Section. She earned All-League honors as a sophomore and junior and was named to an All-Far West team last fall. San Ramon Valley, currently ranked third in the North Coast Section, reached the section finals in 1994 and 1995 and the semifinals in 1996. Reed is a four-year starter there. For the last four years, Reed has played for the A.C. Thunderbirds on the club level, leading them to state championships the last two years and the regional finals last year. She has played for the regional ODP team.

    The Women of Troy will return nine of 11 starters in 1998 off a team that went a school-record 16-3-1 overall and 7-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference for second place in 1997.