No. 3 USC Blasts CSU Bakersfield With 19-5 Win|
March 29, 2015
BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team turned up the defense once again, pitching a second-half shutout against host CSU Bakersfield in order to drum up a powerful 19-5 win today. The Trojans saw the Roadrunners score five goals in the first half before clamping down. USC didn't allow a single shot by CSUB in the third quarter while crafting a scoring surge on the other end to put its hosts out of reach. The win improves the Women of Troy to 19-2 overall and to 2-1 in MPSF play.
Sophomore Ioanna Haralabidis led the scoring charge in matching her career-high -- last hit also in a win over CSU Bakersfield to start the season -- of five goals today. Twin Stephania Haralabidis was next in line with a hat trick, helping lead another hefty group of USC scorers on the day. In all, nine Trojans got to the back of the net in this one, following a group of 11 scorers from yesterday's 20-6 win at LMU. Goalie Victória Chamorro hauled in five saves today, although her workload was cut down a bit by the fact that the Trojan field was stiflingly successful in cutting down shots allowed by the Roadrunners. After USC took a 9-5 lead at halftime, CSUB would not get a singles shot off in the second half until midway through the fourth quarter of play.
CSU Bakersfield would edge into a 2-1 lead midway through the first frame, only to see USC regroup and start on its path to victory. The Trojans would take a 4-2 lead by the end of the first with a run of three straight goals -- from Eike Daube, Hayley McKelvey and Ioanna Haralabidis. The Roadrunners managed three goals in the second period of play, but were eclipsed yet again by a smattering of USC scores. After The Roadrunners got to within three, down 8-5 in the final minute of the half, USC's Monica Vavic plugged in her first goal of the game to make it a 9-5 USC advantage for halftime. That strike matched Vavic's previous season best total of 77 goals, but the senior -- already the Trojans' all-time leading scorer -- would get one more to go in the next frame to set yet another record for herself. Now with 78 goals on the year, Vavic has the third most in a single season in program history.
Vavic's second goal of the day had followed Ioanna Haralabidis' third strike of the match, which had set fire to the Trojan offense. USC would rattle off 10 unanswered goals in the second half on the hands of seven different scorers as the Women of Troy forged their path to a final 19-5 victory over host CSU Bakersfield.
USC's next action takes the Trojans to Berkeley for an MPSF matchup against California next week. The Trojans will tangle with the Golden Bears at 1 p.m. on Saturday (April 4) in a key conference clash.
#3 USC 19, CSU Bakersfield 5
SAVES: Victória Chamorro (USC) 5, Wahlstrom (CSUB) 8.