Top-Ranked Trojans Tally Another Big Win
Sept. 2, 2012
WESTWOOD, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's water polo team are officially off to a 3-0 start to 2012 with another dominating win today in the early goings of the Trojans' campaign for a fifth straight national championship. Today's takedown was a 21-4 win over Chapman out at the UCLA Invitational. Twelve different Trojans scored in this one, led by hat tricks from Ivan Kustic and Nikola Vavic.
The Trojans rolled out ahead of Chapman with a 5-0 effort in the first frame, notching goals form five different scorers. That lead would balloon to 12-1 at the half, with Chapman getting on the board after USC had taken an 8-0 lead on a strike from Connor Virjee. Virjee and Vavic would each deliver two goals in the second period of play to help charge up the Trojans to the hefty halftime advantage. In the third, Marc Vonderweidt and Andrew Reego got in on the scoring with a pair apiece, and Russell Renteria also joined the group to help carry USC ahead 19-2 on the way into the fourth. The teams evened up in the last frame with two goals each, leaving USC with the 21-4 final. USC goalies Ely Bonilla and Aleck Ryner split time in the cage, with two saves by Bonilla and four from Ryner in the second half.
USC now returns home for its first contest of the year at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Trojans will face Cal Baptist in a 10 a.m. game on Saturday (Sept. 8) followed by the USC Alumni Game at 11:45 a.m.
#1 USC 21, Chapman 4
USC -- Nikola Vavic 3, Ivan Kustic 3, Kostas Genidounias 2, Stephen Siri 2, Connor Virjee 2, Marc Vonderweidt 2, Andrew Reego 2, Matt Burton, Michael Rosenthal, Mace Rapsey, Russell Renteria, Chase Watson.
CHAP -- Carter 2, Alvarado, Kahoush.