No. 1 USC Tacks Up Two More Wins In Road Routs
March 30, 2013
BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC women's water polo team made a worthwhile trip to Bakersfield today, rolling up powerful wins in beating its host Roadrunners 19-6 and then turning around to take out Brown 16-5 for a victorious doubleheader. The undefeated Trojans improve to 18-0 on the year and pick up another MPSF victory with the win over CSU Bakersfield, now 4-0 in conference play.
Flexing the biggest scoring muscle on the day was USC sophomore Eike Daube, who rang up a career-high five goals in the win over CSU Bakersfield before adding a hat trick against Brown. Hannah Buckling, too, had a big day getting to the back of the net with six goals -- a career-high four vs. the Roadrunners and two against the Bears.
Against CSU Bakersfield, USC powered up with six straight goals, shutting out CSUB 5-0 in the first frame before Monica Vavic added one out of the gates in the second period to make it 6-0. The Roadrunners got on the board to make it 6-1, but USC followed that up with four more goals before halftime to lead 10-1 at the break. The host team managed to outscore the Trojans in the third frame, tallying three goals following 6-on-5 advantages. That made it 12-4 Trojans entering the fourth period of play, and USC was all business in that final frame. Daube punched in her fifth goal of the game on USC's first possession, followed by Vavic and Kaleigh Gilchrist's third each to go up 15-4. The Roadrunners would get two goals to go in the fourth, but USC rang up seven total with Jayde Appel and Madeline Rosenthal getting in the books with goals as well to wrap up a 19-6 win for the Trojans.
The Trojans would turn around and get right back to it with a matchup against Brown coming next. It was a 3-1 USC advantage after the first period of play as Olivia Cummins and Colleen O'Donnell joined the scoring action for the day. Brown would get two through during the second, but USC was up to the challenge with four different Trojans getting to the back of the net to move ahead 7-3 by halftime. Another four straight USC goals would come to open the second half -- again with four different scorers on the case. Up 11-3, USC saw Brown manage another just before the last minute of the third. Awakened from that strike, USC answered with two goals in the last 40 seconds of the period -- a power play goal from Daube and a blast from Buckling to take the Trojans ahead 13-4. Alegra Hueso took over the cage for Flora Bolonyai after that, with Bolonyai having hauled in 13 saves in her seven periods of work. Only one more Brown goal would get through in the fourth, and USC whipped in three as Cummins, O'Donnell and Daube completed their multiple-goal games to finish up the 16-5 USC win.
The Trojans have two games on tap for next week. USC will first visit LMU at 4 p.m. on Thursday (April 4) before heading to face UC Irvine at 1p.m. on Saturday (April 6) for two more nonconference matchups.
#1 USC 19, CSU Bakersfield 6
#1 USC 16, Brown 5