Tigers Topped By Top-Ranked USC
Junior Balazs Erdelyi's hat trick was not enough as the No. 7 Pacific men's water polo team fell at top-ranked USC, 16-6, Saturday, Oct. 27. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 9-7 (0-2 MPSF) on the year while the Trojans remained unblemished at 19-0 and 4-0 in league play.
Erdelyi notched his 13th multi-goal game of the season for the Tigers while junior Kevin Oliveira scored a pair of goals, extending his streak of multi-goal games to four straight. Junior Alex Malkis blocked nine shots in four quarters of work.
The Tigers opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the contest behind a goal from freshman Aleksandar Petrovic. After USC got on the board, Oliveira gave Pacific the lead back after he converted a six-on-five shot midway through the frame. The Trojans would respond again on their ensuing possession, but Erdelyi had the answer for the Tigers, putting Pacific up, 3-2, with 1:24 left in the quarter. The hosts ended the period with back-to-back goals, the last of which came with just one second on the clock, to take a 4-3 lead into the second quarter.
USC would turn it on from there, scoring the first three goals of the second period to take a 7-3 lead with 4:14 on the clock. Erdelyi put away a penalty shot at the 3:53 mark to stop the Trojans' run, but USC got one more goal down the stretch to take an 8-4 edge into intermission.
The hosts extended their lead to five early in the third quarter before Erdelyi got his third goal of the match on another penalty shot at the 4:56 mark. The Trojans then ripped off four consecutive goals, two in the third and two in the fourth, to take a 13-5 lead with six minutes left to play. Oliveira gave the Tigers their sixth goal of the game, but USC finished the game with three more goals to secure the win.
Kostas Genidounias and Tobias Preuss accounted for three goals apiece for USC while goalkeeper James Clark recorded 12 saves.
Pacific is back in action next Friday, Nov. 2, when it takes on UC Irvine in a road league contest. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.
No. 1 USC 16, No. 7 Pacific 6
Pacific 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 -- 6
USC 4 - 4 - 3 - 5 -- 16
Pacific - Erdelyi 3, Oliveira 2, Petrovic
USC - Genidounias 3, Preuss 3, Burton 2, Rosenthal 2, Vavic 2, Butler, Davie, Siri, Vonderweidt
Pacific - Malkis 9
USC - 12