Trojans Perfect Through Day One of the NorCal Tournament|
Sept. 21, 2013
CONCORD, Calif.- The No. 1-ranked USC men's water polo team tallied wins over Diablo Valley College and Pepperdine in the opening day of competition at the NorCal Tournament on Saturday, improving to 9-0 on the season and advancing to the winner's bracket of the tournament.
With two wins today, the Trojans add on to a 31-game win streak that USC carried into this 2013 campaign, giving the Trojans a current active win streak of 41 in a row.
Redshirt junior Ivan Kustic and junior Marc Vonderweidt led the Trojans with four goals apiece on the day. All four of Kustic's goals came in game one vs. Diablo Valley, while Vonderwiedt had a hat trick against Diablo Valley and added a fourth goal against Pepperdine.
In game one, the Trojans took care of business, topping Diablo Valley College, 18-5. The team posted six goals in the first quarter and never trailed. Jeremy Davie led the way with two goals in the first quarter, while Kustic tallied a team-high four goals. The Trojan defense held strong in front of three different goalkeepers in James Clark, Aleck Ryner and Paul Mitre. In the fourth quarter, the Trojans held DVC scoreless, while adding four goals on of their own.
After the game one victory, the Trojans advanced to face Pepperdine, who upset No. 7 UC Irvine in its first game. The Trojans got out to an early 2-0 lead after the first period, as goalkeeper Clark and the defense held the Waves scoreless. In the second quarter the Trojans got a big lift from Mace Rapsey, who put away two goals to put the Trojans head 5-2 heading into the break. In the third, the Trojans again held the Waves scoreless, while tacking on three more goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead. In the final quarter, the Waves put two more on the board, but a goal from Marc Vonderweidt at the 6:45 mark in the final period put the game away, 9-4.
The Trojans are set to play Stanford at 10:50 a.m. PT tomorrow (Sunday) at California's Spieker Pool in Berkeley, Calif. Stanford defeated UC Davis, 17-5 and Pacific, 9-8 in overtime to advance. The winner will play for the tournament title at 6:15 p.m. PT, while the loser plays for third place at 4:50 p.m. PT.
#1 USC 9, Pepperdine 4