No. 1 Trojans Win Two More To Take A SoCal Semifinal Spot
Sept. 29, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. - The No. 1 USC men's water polo team pocketed two more wins and took two steps closer to the SoCal Tournament title in beating St. Francis and Pacific today in bracket play in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Trojans opened the day with a 15-4 win over the Terriers before winning its 12th game of the year on a 9-4 victory over the Tigers this afternoon. Now, USC awaits its semifinal opponent at the tourney as the Trojans move into a 10:40 a.m. semifinal tomorrow (Sept. 30) for the right to play in the 5:40 p.m. title match.
Now a perfect 12-0 overall this season, USC will face UC Irvine in the semis after the No. 5 Anteaters upset No. 4 Cal 13-11 this evening. No. 2 UCLA and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara face off in the other semifinal tomorrow.
The Trojans were steady in their opening match, allowing one first-frame goal by St. Francis before buckling down to silence the Terriers in the second and third periods. By the fourth period, USC had built an 11-1 lead. The final would wrap as a 15-4 Trojan win when the Terriers plugged in three goals in the last stanza. USC's offense was paced by Nikola Vavic with four goals, followed by a hat trick from Jeremy Davie and a pair apiece from Kostas Genidounias and Michael Rosenthal.
USC would roll on in its afternoon matchup with Pacific. Goals were not as prevalent in this one for the Trojans, but the defense still held strong as Ely Bonilla and James Clark shared time between the pipes in holding the Tigers to just four goals in the game. Genidounias was the heavy hitter for the Trojans on the offensive end as he finished with a hat trick, and Mace Rapsey added two for the Trojan cause. USC was up 5-2 at the half on the way to the 9-4 final.
SOCAL TOURNAMENT (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
#1 USC 9, #8 Pacific 4