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    Pacific Men's Waterpolo: No. 2 USC Tallies Last Minute Goal To Defeat No. 7 Pacific, 9-8

    Oct 30, 2010

    Taking on the defending national champions USC, Pacific's men's water polo team fell to the Trojans, 9-8, in the final minutes of regulation. With the loss the Tigers fell to 12-7 (1-2 MPSF) on the season.

    The Trojans began the contest by taking the 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals at the 7:34 and 5:45 marks. However Pacific cut the Trojan lead to one when Balazs Erdelyi (Eger, Hungary) tallied his first goal of the contest at the 4:30 mark. USC countered 60 seconds later with a goal to gain the two point advantage, but Pacific's Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) kept the Tigers within one with a goal at the 3:04 spot to make it a 3-2 game. The Trojans closed out the quarter with finding the back of the net with :19 remaining on the clock to take the 4-2 lead.

    At the start of the second frame Goran Tomasevic (Split, Croatia) scored a goal at the 6:16 point to cut USC's lead to one, but the Trojans regained the two point advantage with a goal at the 3:50 spot. Tomasevic then tallied his second goal of the quarter with 3:25 remaining in the half to make it a 5-4 game; however USC countered with a goal at the 1:47 spot for the two point lead.

    Leading 6-4 at the start of the third quarter, USC scored its seventh goal of the contest with 7:48 remaining on the clock to gain the three point advantage. Senior Joey Gullikson(Sonoma, Calif.) scored a goal at the 4:49 mark to put the Tigers within two of the Trojans, but USC countered with a goal at the 2:46 mark to make it an 8-5 contest. With 2:34 remaining in the quarter Erdelyi notched his second goal of the game to cut USC's lead to two. 

    In the final frame Koninig tied the game at 8-8 when he scored uninterrupted goals at the 4:17 and 2:06 marks. With 1:26 remaining on the clock USC scored a goal to regain the one point lead. The Tigers continued to battle the Trojans in the final moments however a game tying scoring attempt by Tomasevic in the final second was blocked to preserve USC's 9-8 lead.

    The Tigers were led by junior Tom Koning (Poway, Calif.) who scored three goals Pacific. Freshman Alex Malkis (Yoqneam, Israel) registered eight saves in the cage for Pacific.

    Pacific continues Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action on Sunday, Oct. 31 in Irvine, Calif., against No. 5 UC Irvine at 12 pm.

    Scoring Summary







    No. 7 Pacific






    No. 2 USC






    Pacific: Koning 3, Erdelyi 2, Tomasevic 2, Gullikson.

    Pacific: Erdelyi 3, Gullikson 3

    Goalkeeper Saves
    Pacific: Malkis 8