Winning Start for Women of Troy
Feb. 9, 2013
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC women's water polo team jumped all over its first two opponents of 2013 in a pair of balanced wins by the Women of Troy on day one of the Triton Invitational in San Diego. USC kicked out to a 2-0 start to the season with wins over Cal State East Bay and Cal State Northridge today, compiling a grand total of 35 goals. The respective 26-4 and 9-2 wins put the Trojans in tomorrow's semifinals at 11:10 a.m. against either San Diego State or Long Beach State.
The Trojans stirred up a strong start to the year with a balanced attack against Cal State East Bay. Thirteen different scorers got to the back of the net for the Trojan cause, led by four from Monica Vavic and hat tricks from Madeline Rosenthal, Olivia Cummins and Emilie Myers. Myers was one of three Women of Troy to tally their first career goals at USC in the game, with fellow freshmen Jayde Appel and Courtney Walters also tallying for the Trojans. Appel scored twice during what would grow to be a 15-goal scoring streak by USC, who broke an early 1-1 tie and put Cal State East Bay behind 16-1 during the third period. Olympian Flora Bolonyai and her Trojan defense shut out Cal State East Bay in the second period to help back up that scoring surge. Freshman goalie Alegra Hueso spelled Bolonyai in the second half and grabbed her first career save to aid in a strong USC defensive effort that wrapped up a 26-4 win in the Trojans' season opener.
In the afternoon matchup with Cal State Northridge, USC newcomer Hannah Buckling struck first to notch her first goal as a Trojan. The USC offense would not drum up the same production as in the morning game, but USC was still able to stay ahead of the Matadors. After CSUN closed to within one to make it 2-1 Trojans in the second frame, USC would again rally with a daunting scoring streak. Six straight USC goals put the game out of reach, while the Trojan defense shut out CSUN in the first and third frames. In the third period, USC spread the wealth among four different scorers as Vavic worked her way toward another four-goal game, joined by Chelsea Silvers, Kaleigh Gilchrist and Nicolina McCall in finding the back of the net in the third. The Trojans' power move would help USC roll up a 9-2 win over the Matadors to secure a spot in tomorrow's semifinals.
GROUP PLAY - Feb. 9, 2013
#2 USC 9, Cal State Northridge 2
SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 13, CSUN n/a