No. 3 USC Fires Off 11-7 Win Over No. 5 UC Irvine|
Feb. 28, 2015
IRVINE, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team shrugged off an early deficit and charged on to an 11-7 victory over No. 5 host UC Irvine today. Melissa Bergesen wielded the offensive power for the Trojans, whipping in a four-goal game to keep USC on track. Defensively, it was another USC newcomer who anchored the opposite end of the pool, as freshman goalie Victória Chamorro hauled in 10 saves on the day. The win improves the Women of Troy to 14-1 overall.
After trailing 1-0 early on, USC fired off a four goals in three minutes to move into the lead to stay. Stephania Haralabidis rifled in a pair during the rally, with Melissa Bergesen and Eike Daube joining in to push USC out ahead 4-1. After UCI snapped the run, Jayde Appel answered in the final minute to make it a 5-2 USC lead by the close of the first frame. The Anteaters were able to narrow the gap down to two by halftime as the Trojans came up with just a single goal from Bergesen in the second period of play to hold a 6-4 advantage at the break. USC would pour it back on in the third, however, rattling home four more goals -- including a buzzer-beater by Bergesen to net her third goal of the game and jump out ahead of UCI 10-5 entering the final frame. The final Trojan goal of the day came again from Bergesen in the last period of action to help the Trojans finish off an 11-7 final victory over the Anteaters.
USC's next action will kick off MPSF competition for the Trojans as they set up to host No. 2 Stanford at 2 p.m. on Sunday (March 8) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. That game will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
#3 USC 11, #5 UC Irvine 7
Feb. 28, 2015 - Irvine, Calif.
USC 5 - 1 - 4 - 1 = 11
UCI 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 = 7
SAVES: Victória Chamorro (USC) 10, Jillian Yocum (UCI) 6.