Womens Soccer Continues Preparation
for Wake Forest/adidas Invitational 9/11/02
Tenn. - Following an eight-day layoff, the Vanderbilt women
soccer team returns to action at 5:30 p.m. (EST) Friday, September
13, when it takes on the University of Southern California
in the opening contest of the Wake Forest/adidas Invitational
in Winston-Salem, N.C.
For the Commodores and the Women of Troy, it will their second
meeting all-time. The two teams only other meeting came on
September 10, 2000, when USC defeated Vanderbilt 3-0 at the
Fila Challenge in Los Angeles.
Vanderbilt closes out its stint in Winston-Salem at 11 a.m.
(EST) Sunday, September 15, against West Coast Conference
foe Loyola Marymount. When these two squads take the field
against each other, it will be their first meeting.
This weekends games are the second and third contests
of a six-game roadtrip. The Commodores next home contest is
on Friday, October 4, against SEC rival Florida. Head coach
Ronnie Hills squad is coming off a 4-2 victory over
Alabama-Birmingham back on September 5 in Birmingham, Ala.
Midfielder Michelle Bruntlett is coming off a solid performance
against the Blazers, as she scored two goals. Midfielder Katharine
Carroll and junior forward Talavera chipped in with one goal
apiece. Goalkeeper Esther Thompson moved her goals against
average to 0.64 after shutting the Blazers out in the first
half. She has recorded seven saves in 140 minutes this season.
Scouting the Women of Troy
USC enters Friday nights game with Vanderbilt ranked
No. 21 in the country in the recent Soccer America poll. USC
has also played one of the toughest opening schedules in the
Despite being 1-2-1 entering Fridays match-up, the
Women of Troy have allowed only three goals this season. USC
kicked the season off by playing in the Nebraska/adidas Invitational,
which they played Wisconsin and No. 1-ranked North Carolina.
The Women of Troy dropped both contest, but proved these two
games would only help them down the road. Following its two
losses, USC rebounded with a 1-0 victory over No. 5-ranked
Penn State and a tie against No. 2 ranked Virginia, 0-0. The
Women of Troy play 11 teams from last seasons NCAA Tournament,
including defending national champion Santa Clara.
Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Peterson is off to a solid start
for USC. She was named Pac-10 Player of the Week after registering
back-to-back shutouts against Penn State and Virginia at the
UCLA Womens Cup in Los Angeles. Peterson has recorded
a 0.71 goals against average in the Women of Troys first
four games this season.
Scouting the Lions
LMU has gotten off to a quick start this season, as it enters
this weekends tournament with a 3-0 record. Loyola Marymount
finished the 2001 season with a 7-10 record, but returned
nine of 11 starters. The Lions will take on No. 13-ranked
Wake Forest on Friday evening, following the Vanderbilt/Southern
One of the biggest statistics that stands out for the Lions
is that they have not allowed a goal in their first three
games this season. LMU has outscored its opponents 8-0 in
its three home contests.
Goalkeeper Elizabeth Skhal has been one of the keys to LMUs
success this season. The senior has recorded two shutouts
and eight saves in 244 minutes this season in net. The Lions
defense has allowed a combined 13 shots in their first three
Forward Kelly Lewandowski has already made an immediate impact
as a freshman for head coach Gregg Murphy. She leads the team
with five points, which came on two goals and one assist.
She ranks second on the team with 10 shots, four of which
were on goal. Midfielder Myka Peck has chipped in with two
goals early on this season. In just three games, six different
players have scored for the Lions.
Notes for Wake Forest/adidas Invitational
- Since 1985, the Commodores hold an all-time record of
10-12 in midseason tournaments.
- Vanderbilt and USC have only played once, with the Women
of Troy winning the only meeting 3-0 back on September 10,
2000 in Los Angeles.
- Michelle Bruntlett is one of six players in the SEC to
score two goals in a game this season.
- The Commodores are looking for back-to-back wins for
the first time since October 19, 2001, when they defeated
Mississippi State and Mississippi on the road.