No. 2 USC Hits Big In Home Opener, Topping SDSU 23-6|
Feb. 3, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC women’s water polo team got down to business in home waters by opening its 2017 action at Uytengsu Aquatics Center with a 23-6 win over visiting No. 15 San Diego State. Nine different Women of Troy hit the back of the net tonight, led by a five-goal outing by senior Stephania Haralabidis and a new career high of four goals from junior Annika Jensen. Sophomore goalie Amanda Longan, meanwhile, collected 10 saves in the first half to help anchor USC to its eighth straight win of the year.
After San Diego State locked up even early with the Trojans, USC fired off a five-goal rally on strikes from five different scorers to take early control of things. The frame would close down with a blast from Hayley McKelvey, tugging the Trojans to a 7-2 advantage entering the second period. In that next stretch, USC rattled off eight more goals spread between six different Trojan hands. Maud Megens and Brigitta Games each struck twice to round out first-half hat tricks and bulk up the USC advantage to 15-4 at the break. In the second half, Stephania Haralabidis and Annika Jensen kept clicking, with the senior tallying three more goals to hit five on the night, and the junior issuing a goal a quarter to finish off her career night with four goals. The USC defense would silence the Aztecs in the third quarter while piling up three more USC goals. And in the fourth period, USC freshman Kelsey McIntosh rang up her first career goals as a Trojan, punching in two goals to help the USC round out a 23-6 victory.
Now 8-0 on the year, USC heads out to Whittier tomorrow (Feb. 4) for a doubleheader in back-to-back matches at the Whittier Invitational. The Trojans will face Pomona-Pitzer at 9 a.m. before turning to face Chapman at 10:30 a.m.
#2 USC 23, #15 San Diego State 6