Women's Water Polo
    Freshman Leads Women Of Troy To Huge 8-6 Win Over UCLA

    Feb. 21, 2003

    LOS ANGELES -- Freshman Moriah Van Norman scored three goals Friday and the No. 3 USC Trojans registered a key 8-6 upset win against the host No. 2 UCLA Bruins in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. The Women of Troy improved to 7-1 on the season and continues to hold first place in conference with a 3-0 mark.

    Robin Beauregard put the Bruins on the board first with a penalty shot with 4:56 remaining in the first quarter. Freshman Kelly Rulon then added another goal to make the score 2-0 in favor of UCLA going into the final minute of the first quarter. With twenty-eight seconds left USC answered back to get within one. In the second quarter USC scored twice to make the score 3-2 before another Beauregard goal tied it at 3-3. However, USC would again score with less than a minute remaining to take a 4-3 lead at half. After USC scored early in the third quarter, a Jessica Lopez goal brought the Bruins to within one at 5-4, but USC again countered the Bruins' efforts with two more goals of their own to make it 7-4 heading into the final period. Though goals from Natalie Golda and Lopez in the fourth would get the Bruins to within striking distance, it wouldn't be enough as USC was able to hold off UCLA for the 8-6 victory.

    Seniors Sofia Konoukh and Katrin Dierolf scored two goals each for USC as goalie Kelly Graff made seven saves on the afternoon.

    USC will host Long Beach State next Saturday (Feb. 1) and Pacific on Sunday (Feb. 2) in MPSF matches, both starting at noon at McDonald's Swim Stadium.



    USC --1--3--3--1--8

    Goals: UCLA - Jessica Lopez 2, Robin Beauregard 2, Natalie Golda 1, Kelly Rulon 1; USC - Moriah Van Norman 3, Sofia Konoukh 2, Katrin Dierolf 2, Eszter Gyori 1

    Saves: UCLA - Jaime Hipp 3; USC - Kelly Graff 7