USC Goes Big For Win No. 36 in 20-8 Victory Over St. Francis|
Oct. 22, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The top-ranked USC men's water polo team rolled up a 20-8 win over visiting No. 8 St. Francis on Sunday at McDonald's Swim Stadium behind goals from 12 different Trojans. The 20-goal performance also marked USC's 20th straight home victory, and brings the Trojans' overall winning streak to 36 games. Now 17-0 on the year, the Trojans made sure to bypass the Terriers early, and wound up with two players tallying three goals in junior Tommy Corcoran and freshman Matt Sagehorn. St. Francis had three players score two goals apiece, as the Terriers move to 17-4 overall.
The Trojans began their Sunday scoring blitz just after the Terrriers pulled even at 1-1 in the first period. Seven straight USC goals followed as the Trojans powered ahead 8-1 at the midway point of the second period, getting two goals from Drew Vyn and one each from Matt Sagehorn, Pavol Valovic, Tommy Corcoran, Jovan Vranes and Nico Sardo during that seven-goal streak. St. Francis got on the board twice more during the frame, but USC finished out the half with three more goals - one by Gabor Sarusi, another from Corcoran, and a 6-on-5 bullet from Thomas Hale - to hold an 11-3 lead by halftime.
The Trojan defense slumped a bit in the third quarter, however. Following Juan Delgadillo's second goal of the game to open the half, St. Francis broke through on at 6-on-5 score by Andrija Vroldjak that got past second-half USC goalie Ben Weil. USC blasted in its 13th goal of the game when Valovic passed to Corcoran, who was deep in St. Francis territory. With a defender hanging on him, Corcoran got off one shot that went bar out, but after gathering his own rebound and still under pressure, Corcoran pumped in a low crosscage strike that went bar-in for his third goal of the day and a 13-4 USC lead. St. Francis got things into gear offensively after that, though, finishing off two more 6-on-5 chances and then finishing off a steal with another goal to creep back to 13-7 as the third quarter closed.
The Trojans seemed to heed that wakeup call. Defensively, USC went on lockdown, allowing just a single Terrier goal early in the frame. Offensively, the Trojans enjoyed their sharpest-shooting quarter, pounding in seven goals by the final buzzer. Freshman Jordan Thompson opened the period with a sweeping score from two meters, although St. Francis answered with a score that made it 14-8. The Trojans would dominate the remainder of the game, however. Justin Rappel put the ball in to J.W. Krumpholz at two meters, and the freshman spun and scored crosscage low for a 15-8 USC lead that sparked another five Trojan goals. Sardo tallied his second just before lefty Rappel tacked up back-to-back scores from the right side, and the Sagehorn registered his second and third goals with a 6-on-5 score and a powerful 5-meter penalty strike that had been earned by Vyn at two meters. USC's third goalie to take the cage, Ronnie Giery, made two stops against the Terriers to put the finishing touches on the 20-8 USC win.
The Trojans return to action next week with a road trip to UC Irvine. USC faces the Anteaters at noon on Saturday (Oct. 28).
No. 1 USC 20, No. 8 St. Francis 8