No. 3 USC Tops Two Teams At Lancer Invitational|
Feb. 13, 2015
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team proved powerful in a busy afternoon in Riverside. In back-to-back games at the Lancer Invitational today, the Women of Troy followed up a 14-3 win over host Cal Baptist with a 31-0 shutout of Redlands to improve to 8-0 overall on the year. USC's scoring onslaught against Redlands marks the second most goals ever scored by the Trojans in a single game in program history. USC set the record in its first game of the year -- a 33-5 win over Bakersfield. The last USC shutout victory was last season against against CSUN.
With eight goals scored today, USC senior Monica Vavic has leapt up to now rank No. 2 all-time in career scoring at USC. She has ousted Olympian Sofia Konoukh to take over the No. 2 spot. Vavic now holds 227 career goals as she continues to close in on the top spot, held by another Olympian, Aniko Pelle with 255.
USC pitched a shutout in its opening period of play, sneaking out to a 4-0 lead on host Cal Baptist to set the tone on a solid day's work. The Lancers got on the board early in the second, only to see USC's Monica Vavic score her first of three goals in the game to set USC back on track. Freshman Brianna Daboub served up her second goal of the game next, lifting the Trojans to a 6-1 lead by halftime. The Lancers got another one to go in the third, but only after USC had moved ahead farther on another strike from Vavic and one more from Brigitta Games. The Trojans would pour on three more goals before the close of the frame, taking an 11-3 lead into the fourth period of action. There, Vavic grabbed her hat trick in finishing off a 5-meter penalty shot, followed by a blast from Eike Daube and Stephania Haralabidis' third of the game to put the Lancers out of reach. CBU got the last word with a 6-on-5 score in the final minute, but USC was holding high a 14-3 victory at the final buzzer.
USC flexed some serious scoring muscle in game two, more than doubling its production from the previous game. USC was all business, drumming up a 13-0 lead in the first period and taking a 20-0 lead at halftime. The defensive prowess stayed the course, while 17 different Women of Troy wound up getting to the back of the net in the eventual 31-0 victory. Credit goalies Victória Chamorro and Alegra Hueso with a combined effort for the defensive shutout in the cage. Leading the offensive charge was senior Monica Vavic, who plugged in five goals to go along with four from Stephania Haralabidis and a hat trick from Avery Peterson.
USC now turns to another double day tomorrow (Feb. 14) in Riverside. The Trojans will first face Pomona-Pitzer at 11:30 a.m. before a 2 p.m. clash against Occidental.
LANCER INVITATIONAL (Riverside, Calif.)
#3 USC 31, Redlands 0