No. 2 USC Opens Season With Big Win In La Jolla|
Sept. 5, 2015
LA JOLLA, CALIF. — The USC men’s water polo team got out of the starting gates with a bang today in posting a powerful 23-5 win over Cal Baptist in the Trojans’ season opener. A dangerously balanced offense and stubborn defense kept USC in total control of today’s contest, which gives the Trojans 1-0 start to their 2015 campaign. USC is in action at the Triton Invitational at the Canyonview Pool in La Jolla, Calif. this weekend.
In USC’s dominant opening performance against the Lancers, three new Trojans tallied the first goals of their USC careers. Going big as one of three Trojans pouring in four goals in the win was newcomer Blake Edwards, who joins the USC roster as a junior out of Melbourne, Australia. His younger brother Lachlan Edwards already has a year under his belt as a Trojan and matched his sibling’s performance with a four-goal outing of his own. So, too, did sophomore Bryce Hoerman, who showed his sophomore savvy as well with four goals for USC in the win. Along with Blake Edwards, two true freshmen rang up their first goals as Trojans today. Freshmen Zach D’Sa and Nick Silvers both got to the back of the net to help USC along to the hefty win over Cal Baptist.
The first USC goal of the year came from the hands of newcomer Blake Edwards, while junior Nick Bell and sophomore Lachlan Edwards followed suit as USC took an early 3-0 lead on the Lancers. CBU broke its silence next, but USC kept coming and gripped 6-1 lead at the close of the first frame thanks to goals from six different Trojans. In the second period, USC pumped in four more goals while allowing only a single score from CBU to hold a 10-2 advantage at the break. A similar effort in the third had USC ahead 14-3 entering the final frame, where the Trojans found another gear offensively. In the fourth, USC pumped in nine goals, with Hoerman, Lachlan Edwards and Matteo Morelli each rifling in a pair of goals during the surge to the 23-5 final victory. Morelli would finish out the day with a hat trick, while senior Mac Carden wrapped things with two goals in the win. Fellow captain Mihajlo Milicevic also knocked in a goal for the Trojans, as did Luke Felton and Mitch Embrey, while McQuin Baron went the distance in the cage and hauled in 10 saves for USC.
USC wrapped the day with an exhibition game against fellow MPSF team Pepperdine. The result does not count toward either team’s record, so an official score was not kept, but the Trojans did put forth another strong performance in the test.
The Trojans continue their competition at the Triton Invitational tomorrow (Sept. 6) with a 9:20 a.m. exhibition battle against another MPSF squad, UC Irvine. USC will get back to official action at 12:30 p.m. with a clash against Concordia to close things out in La Jolla this weekend.
2015 TRITON INVITATIONAL
#2 USC 23, Cal Baptist 5
SAVES: McQuin Baron (USC) 10, Cal Baptist n/a.