No. 1 USC Wins 10-5 In Final Home Game
Nov. 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- In the final home game for Trojan seniors Joel Dennerley and Peter Kurzeka, the No. 1 USC men's water polo team bounced back from a shaky first half to defeat No. 13 Concordia 10-5 Friday afternoon at McDonald's Swim Stadium. Kurzeka and Tobias Preuss both scored twice and Dennerley tallied 12 saves as USC improved to 18-2 overall with the nonconference victory.
From the early minutes of the first frame, it was clear that the Eagles of Concordia had showed up to play. Peter Kurzeka put the Trojans on the board early only to be answered back by Concordia two minutes later. Forest Monroe and Tobias Preuss added goals for USC as the two teams traded blows and finished the first quarter tied 3-3.
Kostas Genidounias opened the second period with a laser form the outside to give the Trojans the lead 4-3. Jeremy Davie followed suit with a quick spin from close range for the two-goal advantage. The Eagles responded with back-to-back goals, as the Trojans defense broke down to even the score at 5-5. Nikola Vavic took advantage of a penalty shot opportunity with 16 seconds on the clock to send USC into the break with a 6-5 lead.
Halftime adjustments put the Trojans back on track, as a more focused squad emerged and pulled away in the second half. USC opened the third frame with a bang as Michael Rosenthal and Preuss added two quick goals for the 8-5 advantage. Dennerley dominated in the cage, stopping everything the Eagles threw his way including two spectacular point-blank saves in the second half. Kurzeka buried a top-shelf rocket late in the third frame to move into a tie with Mateo Juric for 13th on the all-time scoring list at 132 career goals. Brian Boswell then added a tip-in in the fourth to ice the 10-5 win for the Trojans.
Top-ranked USC returns to action Sunday (Nov. 13) with a 12 p.m. contest at No. 7 Pacific.
Nov. 11, 2011 - McDonald's Swim Stadium