No. 1 USC Scores 50 Goals In Two Wins Today
Sep 8, 2013
LA JOLLA, CALIF. -- The top-ranked USC men's water polo team displayed a ferocious offensive onslaught today in two final wins at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. The Trojans' winning start to 2013 grew to 4-0 with today's victory over No. 13 Air Force and Redlands, as USC amassed 50 goals in the two wins. The Trojans now hold a 35-game win streak that dates back to 2011.
USC's third game of the young season had the Trojans square off against No. 13 Air Force. USC was overwhelming on both ends of the pool in that one, raging to a 23-2 win that saw 13 different Trojans score, led by four from Nikola Vavic and three from freshman Jon Walters. James Clark and Aleck Ryner shared time in the cage on the defensive end, with Clark notching four saves in the first half and Ryner taking down seven in the second. Each allowed just a single goal while the Trojan attack racked up points the other way. USC scored 14 straight goals out of the gates before Air Force struck with 1:21 to go in the second period. USC put forth another shutout period in the third before Air Force got one through to make it 21-2 early in the fourth en route to a 23-2 final.
In the afternoon game, USC was similarly stealthy. Redlands were close early in making it 1-1 in the first minute of play, but the Trojans reeled off18 goals in a row to build a 19-1 lead by the third frame. Clark had manned the cage in the first half, allowing just the single Redlands goal thanks in part to a stingy Trojan defense in front of him. In the second half, Paul Mitre took over, making three saves as USC wrapped up a 27-4 win. Offensively, 11 different players scored for USC, led once again by a balanced tag team of senior Vavic with five goals and freshman Walters with four. Mace Rapsey, too, provided four in the win, with Kostas Genidounias and Connor Virjee notching a hat trick apiece.
The Trojans' next action takes them to the Inland Empire Classic next weekend (Sept. 14-15), when they take on UC San Diego, Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Whittier for a chance to extend USC's overall win streak out to 39 in a row.
2013 TRITON INVITATIONAL - Day Two
#1 USC 23, #13 Air Force 2
#1 USC 27, Redlands 4