No. 3 USC Punches Up A 13-8 Win At No. 6 Long Beach State|
Oct. 22, 2016
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — The No. 3 USC men’s water polo team manufactured a four-goal rally in the third period to take control of what was a tight game in Long Beach. The Trojans cranked up their scoring output and shoved out ahead of host No. 6 Long Beach State to finish out a 13-8 final victory over the 49ers. The win improves the Trojans’ overall record to 16-1.
The 49ers had the Trojans playing catchup through the opening stretch of action. Early equalizers from Blake Edwards and Lazar Pasuljevic were followed again by a go-ahead goal from Long Beach State, which worked into a 3-2 lead by the close of the first period of play. The Trojans would get their feet back under them with back-to-back goals to step into their first lead of the game. Edwards struck again and Lachlan Edwards found Matteo Morelli to tug the Trojans ahead 4-3. This time, the 49ers locked it up at 4-4, only to see USC counter with an ejection earned by Lachlan Edwards and the finish from Thomas Dunstan to sneak back ahead 5-4. The Trojans would finally add some padding to their advantage with a 6-on-5 strike from Bryce Hoerman, which proved key to the Trojan cause after the 49ers closed the gap to 6-5 by halftime.
To kick off the second half of play, Marin Dasic zipped one in to make it 7-5. Again, the 49ers responded and cut it back to a one-goal affair. At least, until Dunstan punched up a power play goal for the Trojans to make it 8-6. That blast would finally tip the scales in USC’s favor, as the Trojans struck off on a four-goal rally with Grant Stein following Dunstan’s score, Pasuljevic drumming up his second goal, and Mihajlo Milicevic getting on the scoresheet to balloon USC’s lead to 11-6 in the final minute of the third.
The 49ers would break up the Trojan rally with a 5-meter penalty shot scored to start the fourth, only to see Lachlan Edwards and Matteo Morelli go back-to-back to take the Trojans ahead 13-7. Long Beach State managed a power play goal next, and that would wrap the day’s action as USC emerged victorious with a 13-8 road win.
USC now returns home for two games at Uytengsu Aquatics Center next week. The Trojans will host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a 5 p.m. clash on Thursday (Oct. 27) before setting for a marquee MPSF matchup against California under the lights. USC aims to avenge its only loss of the year when the Golden Bears come to Troy for a 6:30 p.m. faceoff on Saturday (Oct. 29).
#3 USC 13, #6 Long Beach State 8
SAVES: McQuin Baron (USC)10, Thomas Freeman (LBSU) 10.