Two Women's Soccer Players Aim for World Cup
Aug. 25, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- Isabelle Harvey of Canada and Susie Mora of Mexico, both members of the USC women's soccer team, will try to help their countries qualify for the 1999 Women's World Cup at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Toronto, Canada, beginning this weekend.
The eight-team tournament runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 6 with the winner earning a berth in next summer's World Cup, which will be hosted by the United States. The second-place finisher in the qualifying tournament will play a series against Argentina for a place in the World Cup.
Harvey, a native of Quebec, is a redshirt sophomore midfielder who starred for the Women of Troy as a freshman in 1996, leading the Pacific-10 Conference with 20 goals, 11 assists and 51 points. A knee injury forced her to redshirt the 1997 season. Harvey is a potential starter for Canada, the tournament favorite, which opens qualifying against Puerto Rico on Friday (Aug. 28).
"I've always wanted to play for my country and this is a great opportunity," Harvey said. "It would mean a lot to represent Canada in the World Cup."
Mora was born in Santa Ana, Calif., and attended Santa Margarita High School, but her parents are from Mexico. She is a sophomore defender who appeared in all 20 games (starting eight) as a true freshman for USC in 1997. Mora is expected to start for Mexico, which begins with Guatemala on Saturday (Aug. 29).
"This is going to be a lot of fun," Mora said. "I'm looking forward to playing these different teams, and I want to play in the World Cup next summer."
Because of the tournament, both players are expected to miss the first two games of USC's season. The Women of Troy begin the 1998 season on Sept. 4 against San Diego State and then face Pepperdine on Sept. 6. Both games are at USC's new McAlister Field.
"I know they're both extremely excited to be playing in a competition of this magnitude," said USC Coach Jim Millinder, a member of the 1982 U.S. men's World Cup team. "The sport of women's soccer has developed greatly over the last few years and the Women's World Cup will be huge next summer. I hope both Isabelle and Susie are able to qualify for the World Cup because it's the chance of a lifetime. But this tournament will be a great experience for both of them, no doubt about it."