No. 3 USC Handles No. 7 Hawai'i 10-1|
March 20, 2015
HONOLULU, HAWAI'I -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team swamped host Hawai'i with a 10-1 victory tonight in Honolulu. The Women of Troy were near-perfect on the defensive end as they eclipsed the No. 7 Rainbow Wahine in the second half to improve to 17-2 overall on the year.
Hawai'i got on the board in the second period of play after USC had crafted a 4-0 lead, but that would be all the Trojans would allow. In response, USC poured on six unanswered goals in the remaining time to round out the powerful 10-1 victory. USC goalie Victória Chamorro contributed eight saves in USC's daunting defensive stand, which shut out its host for the last 11 minutes of play.
USC opened its strong outing with a goal from Stephania Haralabidis after more than four minutes of scoreless play. That opened the floodgates for the Trojans, who received a blast from Melissa Bergesen next and then one from Monica Vavic before the first buzzer to take a 3-0 lead in the first frame. Eike Daube rang up the next one early in the second before Hawai'i got one to go three minutes later, making it a 4-1 score for halftime.
The landslide tipped in USC's favor just a couple minutes into the second half when Ioanna Haralabidis drilled her first goal of an eventual hat trick in the game. Her second came in the final minute of the second to take the Trojans to a 6-1 lead entering the final period. USC would dump in four more in the fourth, as Brianna Daboub and Jennifer Stiefel got in on the scoring action to join Vavic and Ioanna Haralabidis' goals and wrap up a decisive 10-1 win for the visiting Trojans.
USC will next play an exhibition match tomorrow (March 21) in Honolulu against the Brazilian National Team at 4 p.m. HT.
#3 USC 10, #7 Hawai'i 1
SAVES: Victória Chamorro (USC) 8, Hawai'i n/a.