No. 2 USC Rattles Off Two More Solid Wins At Winter Invitational|
Jan. 21, 2017
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC women’s water polo team picked up the pace on day two of the Winter Invitational, pinning up a pair of powerful wins to make it a 3-0 start to 2017. In the day’s opener against No. 22 Cal Baptist, USC received a career-high four goals from sophomore Courtney Fahey in a 22-1 win over the Lancers in Santa Barabra. USC freshmen Elise Stein and Sawyer Belville both tallied their first career goals as Trojans in that one. Later in the day, USC two other newcomers get on the scoresheet for the first time, as freshman Kaylee Brownsberger struck twice for the Trojans and goalie Holly Parker logged her first minutes in the cage in a 16-3 win over No. 23 Cal State Northridge.
In the first game of the day, USC silenced the Lancers until the final 20 seconds of action, all the while building up a pile of Trojan goals on the offensive end. Cal Baptist would break through with a late goal, but only after 12 different Women of Troy had gotten to the back of the cage. Brianna Daboub had secured a hat trick by halftime as USC led the Lancers 13-0 at the break. By the final horn, sophomore Courtney Fahey had tallied a career-high four goals to lead all scorers in the big USC win. Freshman Maud Megens would match Daboub’s three-goal outing, while fellow freshmen Denise Mammolito and Elise Stein also registered multi-goal outings in delivering a pair apiece. That marked Stein’s first goals as a Trojan, while freshman Sawyer Belville also banged in a goal for her first career score at USC. Junior goalie Victória Chamorro went the distance in the car and made 11 saves to ancho a powerful defensive stand by the Women of Troy in the day’s opener.
The defensive strength of the Trojans shined through again in the second game of the day. Cal State Northridge was able to punch up two goals in the first period, but only one more would be allowed the rest of the way thanks to staunch defense and the tag team efforts of goalies Amanda Longan and Holly Parker. On the offensive end, USC had Megens and Ioanna Haralabidis drum up hat tricks to pace the Trojan scoring effort. Avery Peterson delivered back-to-back strikes for USC in the second frame to help power up the Trojans, who led 9-2 at halftime after shutting out the Matadors in that period. Parker would check in for Longan in the second half, letting in just one early CSUN goal. The defense would lock back down from there, though, while firing off the last six goals of the game, including Brownsberger’s first career goals as a Trojans to cap the game at a 16-3 USC victory.
The Women of Troy have two more games to play tomorrow at the Winter Invite. USC will take on Hawai’i at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 22) before facing host UC Santa Barbara in the event finale at 4:10 p.m..
#2 USC 22, #22 Cal Baptist 1
#2 USC 16, #23 Cal State Northridge 3